My favorite romantic songs – Happy Valentine’s Day :)

Ahem! It is that time of the year again: Valentine’s Day, when love is supposed to be in the air! 😛 I am not a romantic person at all, but I am a big fan of Bollywood music. And Bollywood music makes romance really shine! So here’s a list of my favorite romantic Bollywood songs, in no particular order. Listen, view, and enjoy the YouTube songs! (But know that I don’t own the links :D)

1. Abhi na jao chhodkar

This is one of the oldest romantic and really sweet songs! Jo khatm ho kisi jagah, ye aisa silsila nahin… so true! Beautiful lyrics and a refreshing tune!

2. Kabhi phool dena 

Aur kabhi kabhi khamosh baithen, baahon ke sahare

Sooraj bujhana, saagar kinaare; aur raaton ko chaand ugaana…

This song symbolizes the dreams  and hopes of an ideal romance. Beautiful lyrics and the innocent romance, coupled with a peppy tune make this song really special. The video is cool, too – as it features Milind Soman, of course!

Other songs in this movie (Rules… Pyar ka Superhit Formula) are also really romantic… Chhodo na mujhe yun bekaraar saa and Uljhanon ko de diya hai are exceptional!    

3. Heer

How can a list of romantic songs be complete without a Yash Chopra number? He has given us several beautiful lovey-dovey songs, but I chose this one purely for its haunting music. It is so melodiously romantic! I can’t quite understand the Punjabi lyrics, though 🙂

4. Humko sirf tumse pyar hai

I consider this song as the most romantic song ever! Some tunes are so romantic by themselves, right?  In fact, the violin piece at the beginning of this song, in itself is enough to make the distinction.  The video can be skipped, or played in the background. 🙂 😛

5. Ishq ki Daastan 

This world has forever been torn between the hardcore romantics and the straightforward practical thinkers. There have been several songs that argue whether love is good or bad, for example, Jaane kyon log pyar karte hain ,  Kay Sera Sera, and so on. But no song explains the contrasting viewpoints of people who feel the need to express their love, and those who think that some things are best left unsaid. And the romantic side wins, and how! Beautiful lyrics, brilliant singing!

6. Saawan Barse Tarse Dil

Romance reaches a new height when the sky starts pouring – ’cause the rains make everything so beautiful and worthwhile! This song is beautifully shot, and sung. Of course, it is very hard to miss the romance in most rain songs. The best part is, a rain song can portray several moods of romance: playfulness, seduction, flirtation, bliss – you name it and the rains do it for you! 🙂

7. Accha ji mai haari

Sometimes, a relationship is not romantic unless you fight and then make up. Watch the beautiful but feisty Madhubala try to make up with  Dev Anand, by first apologizing, then wooing, then threatening, and finally giving in – sweet!

8. Tujh me rab dikhta hai 

This song symbolizes the whole movie: how ShahRukh Khan does anything and everything possible (and impossible) to keep his dear wife smiling… very, very sweet!

9. Aye Udi Udi

A combination of A R Rehman’s tune, Gulzaar ji’s lyrics, the choreography,  Adnan Sami’s husky voice, and Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi’s performances simply means full-on romance… beautiful! Watch Rani and Vivek go through the drills of married life while the romance continues to blossom!

10. Pehla Nasha Pehla Khumar 

This list, of course, wouldn’t have been complete without this mother of all romantic songs – need I say more? 🙂


So which is your most favorite romantic song (from this list or otherwise)? Do take this poll or leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

Until next time, take care and wish you a very happy Valentine’s day! 🙂


Missing the Monsoon Masti – My Favorite Rain Songs

Just read the news about pre-monsoon showers that occurred in some parts of Maharashtra yesterday. And somehow, I began missing the monsoons so much – especially because I am not going to experience them this year in US! So, to make  up for their absence a little bit, I began thinking about, and listening to, my favorite rain songs. Here’s a list of some unforgettable ones, in no particular order.

Disclaimer:  The links of  YouTube videos are not owned by me; I just found them on YouTube…

1.Rimjhim Ke Taraane Leke Aayi Barsaat from the movie Kaala Baazaar

Whenever I think of rains, this is undoubtedly the first song that comes to my mind. The shots of  Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman walking in the rains and reminiscing their moments together, along with glimpses of  a rain-drenched old Bombay are a total treat for the eyes and ears. And as with most old songs, the lyrics rock!

2. Saawan Barse Tarse Dil from the movie Dahek

I don’t think anyone has ever watched this movie, but I have watched this song umpteen times for it simple  innocence! Two lovers (Akshaye Khanna and Sonali Bendre) enjoying the rains and going to meet each other while battling it out with the various difficulties created by it is the essence of this beautifully shot song.

3. Barso Re Megha from Guru

The amazing visuals of a raindrop creating ripples in water, dark clouds in the background of lush green fields and a washed look of several picturesque locations are what I like the best about this song; although the music and the stunning voice of  Shreya Ghoshal are also individually sufficient to make this song appear in my list of favorites.

4. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

Oh yeah… after all, rains are not just about romance – they are about fun, masti and thodi si shararat too, as depicted aptly in this legendary garage song featuring Kishore Kumar and Madhubala.

5. Le Ja Le Ja Re from the music album Ustaad & the Divas

This is by far the cutest song with a rainy background. And the rain here is not just outdoors from the sky, but is also indoors on the dance floor, inside the heroine’s eyes, and in the hero’s and the heroine’s hearts. There is a part in this song where the sad heroine draws herself drenched in rain, while the hero adds an umbrella to the picture, and another one where she draws herself getting drenched by a bus splashing water on her – only to find that the hero draws himself between her and the bus – ahh.. it is totally cute!

6. Dum Dum Digaa Digaa from the movie Chhaliya

Rains in the studio have never looked as refreshing as they do in this song! And Raj Kapoor serenading pretty girls while the clouds pour is an endearing sight!

7. Bhaage re Mann Kahin from the movie Chameli

A shady lane in a shady area in South Bombay, Kareena Kapoor dressed up in a tacky red-and-blue Sari, and a car as a prop – not to mention a lot of rain… does not seem like an interesting scenario, right? Negative! It is a beautiful scenario! The way the rain-wind combination is shot in this song is mind-blowing! And the music is blissful.

8. Rimjhim Rimjhim from the movie 1942 A Love Story

Beautiful, dusky, and lush green setting of the Ooty botanical garden, a beautiful and very expressive Manisha Koirala, a handsome and sentimental Anil Kapoor, R D Burman’s music, and Javed Akhtar’s soulful lyrics – add all of these to lots of rain and baadal and bijli! Can a rain song get better than that? Naah! Totally mesmerizing song!

9. Bheegi Bheegi Raatonme from the movie Ajnabee

I don’t care about the video of this song much, but just the song in itself is such a work of genius! You can imagine  the rain and the atmosphere created by it just by listening to this song. Kishore Kumar at his best! And yeah, the remix album of this song is great too!

10. Ab Ke Saawan Aise Barase from the music album Ab Ke Saawan

This awesome amalgamation of classical, folk, and pop music is not just pleasing to the ear, but the lavishly shot rain in a small-town setup refreshes the visual sense.This song shows the perfect combination of romance, fun, confusion, peace, and overall joy created by the rains!

11. Koi Ladki Hai from the movie Dil To Pagal Hai

The dreamy voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan, and the innocent, yet romantic portrayal by Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit add a lot of zing to this melodious rain song.

Yeah, so that’s my list of favorites, people! It’s refreshing to even remember all these songs, isn’t it! Which songs figure in your list of favorite rain songs?

In the world of melodies………..Part One

My favourite music, or my favourite songs cannot be encompassed in a single article/post….so thought of breaking them up into many. And since currently I need some inspiration desperately, lemme begin this chain by listing out my favourite inspiring songs! So here I go…..

1) Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya…………..

Very soulful, meaningful and melodious! 🙂


Maein Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya
Har Fikar Ko Dhuen Mein Udata Chala Gaya



2) Kisi ki muskurahaton pe ho nisaar…………..

The essence of fine living, in the purest sense! and a very hummable tune! 🙂

(Kisiki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar
Kisika dard mil sake to le udhaar
Kisike waaste ho tere dil mein pyaar
Jeena issi ka naam hai) -2(Maana apni jeb se fakeer hain
Phir bhi yaaron dil ke ham ameer hain) -2
Mitte jo pyaar ke liye woh zindagi
Jale bahaar ke liye woh zindagi
Kisi ko ho na ho hamein to aitbaar
Jeena issi kaa naam hai

(Rishta dil se dil ke aitbaar ka
Zinda hai hameen se naam pyaar ka) -2
Ke mar ke bhi kisi ko yaad aayenge
Kisi ke aansuon mein muskuraayenge
Kahega phool har kali se baar baar
Jeena issi kaa naam hai
Kisiki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar..



3) Khulke muskurale tu……….

Find more about this on my already posted article.


4) Kholo Kholo Darwaze

this song from TZP has an amazing comboof lyrics beats and music…very good for lifting your spirits!

Kholo Kholo Darwaze Parde Karo Kinare

Khuntey Se Bandhi Hai Hawa Mil Ke Chhudao Saare

Aajao Patang Leke Apney Hi Rang Leke

Aasmaan Ka Shamiyana Aaj Hamein Hai Sajana

Kyun Is Kadar Hairaan Tu Mausam Ka Hai Mehmaan Tu

O, Duniya Sajee Tere Liye Khud Ko Zara Pehchaan Tu

Tu Dhoop Hain Jham Se Bikhar

Tu Hai Nadee O Bekhabar

Beh Chal Kahin Ud Chal Kahin

Dil Khush Jahan Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahin

O, Kyun Is Kadar Hairaan Tu

Mausam Ka Hai Mehmaan Tu………….

Baasi Zindagi Udaasi

Taazi Hasney Ko Raazi

Garma Garma Saari

Abhi Abhi Hai Utaari

O, Zindagi To Hain Batasha

Meethi Meethi Si Hai Aasha

Chakh Le Rakh Le Hatheli Se Dhak Le Ise

Tujh Mein Agar Pyaas Hai Baarish Ka Ghar Bhi Pass Hai

O, Roke Tujhe Koi Kyon Bhala Sang Sang Tere Aakash Hai

Tu Dhoop Hain Jham Se Bikhar

Tu Hai Nadee O Bekhabar

Beh Chal Kahin Ud Chal Kahin

Dil Khush Jahan Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahin

Khul Gaya Aasmaan Ka Rasta Dekho Khul Gaya

Mil Gaya Kho Gaya Tha Jo Sitara Mil Gaya,Mil Gaya

O, Roshan Hui Saari Zameen

Jagmag Hua Saara Jahaan

Udne Ko Tu Azad Hai

Bandhan Koi Abh Hai Kahan!!

 Tu Dhoop Hain Jham Se Bikhar

Tu Hai Nadee O Bekhabar

Beh Chal Kahin Ud Chal Kahin

Dil Khush Jahan Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahin

O, Kyun Is Kadar Hairaan Tu Mausam Ka Hai Mehmaan Tu…….



5) Liye sapnein nigaahon me….

And ofcourse my favourite…..the song of eternal hope, aspiratons and inspirations!! 🙂

And ofcourse, my origginal idea 😉 , it can serve as an excellent title song for the movie version of Paulo Coelho’s best-seller “The Alchemist”, if at all it were to be made in Hindi! <pat my back pat my back!!> 😀


Liye sapne nigahon me, chala hoon teri rahon me
Zindagi aa raha hoon main



Kayi yaadon ke chehre hain, kayi kisse purane hain,
Teri sau dastane hain, tere kitne fasane hain.
Magar ik wo kahani hai, jo ab mujhko sunani hai
Zindagi aa…..


Mere haathon ki garmi se, bigar jayengi zanjeerein,
Mere kadmon ki aahat se, badal jayengi taqdeerein,
Umeedon ke diye lekar, ye sab tere liye lekar
Zindagi ….

Kabhi tujhko gila mujhse, kabhi mujhko shikayat hai,
Magar phirbhi tujhe meri, mujhe teri zaroorat hai,
Main ye iqraar karta hoon, main tujhse pyar karta hoon,
Zindagi …..



Lyrics that have touched my heart……………

When you are listening to a song, what is more important to you? The music or the lyrics? Well I have always been partial towards music.. I ‘ve always been more attentive to words only when recited without music, you know, poetry and stuff…

But our very own Hindi songs too(without which our bollywood movies would be  incomplete, ofcourse) do have very meaningful lyrics at times. Just an attempt to list a few which caught my fancy…………..

1) Khul ke muskurale tu : Phir Milenge

This song is played in the background when the protagonist understands that she has contracted AIDS through her unfaithful partner, and decides to bravely lead her life, her disease and her past not withstanding.

Khul Ke Muskurale Tu Dard Ko Sharmaney De
Boondon Ko Dhartee Par Saaz Ek Bajaney De

Hawayen Keh Rahee Hain, Aaja Jhoolein Zara
Gagan Ke Gaal Ko Jakey Choolein Zara
Utaar Gham Ke Mozey, Zamein Ko Gungunaney De
Kankaron Ko Talwon Main Gudgudee Machaney De
Khul Ke Muskuraley…Saaz Ek Bajaney De

Jheel Ek Aadat Hai, Tujhmey Hee To Rehtee Hai
Aur Nadee Shararat Hai, Terey Sang Behtee Hai
Har Lehar Yeh Kehtee Hai, Khud Ko Jhoom Janey De
Zindagi Ko Aaj Naya Geet Koi Ganey De
Khul Ke Muskuraley…Saaz Ek Bajaney De

Bansuree Ki Khidkyon Pe Sur Yeh Kyon Thithaktey Hain
Ankh Key Samander Kyon Bewajeh Chalaktey Hain
Titlyan Yeh Kehtee Hain Ab Basant Aaney De
Jungalon Ke Mausam Ko Bastiyon Mein Chaney De.

Khul Ke Muskuraley…Saaz Ek Bajaney De

2) Main ek sadi se baithi hun : Lekin

Haven’t watched this movie, but had an audio cassete of this movie as a kid….found the song melodious so listened to it, now that I understand the lyrics and stuff, find it amazing and having so much insight.

Main ek sadi se baithi hoon – 2
Is raah se koi guzra nahin
Kuch chaand ke rath to guzre the – 2
Par chaand se koi utra nahin
Main ek sadi se baithi hoon – 2
Din raat ke dono pahiye bhi
Kuch dhool udaakar beet gaye, beet gaye
Din raat ke dono pahiye bhi
Kuch dhool udaakar beet gaye
Main man aangan mein baithi rahi – 2
Chaukhat se koi guzra nahin
Main ek sadi se baithi hoon – 2
Aakaash bada buddha baba
Sab ko kuch baant te jaata hai, jaata hai
Aakaash bada buddha baba
Sab ko kuch baant te jaata hai
Aankhon ko nichoda maine bahut – 2
Par koi aansu utra nahin
Main ek sadi se baithi hoon – 2

3) Samay O Dheere Chalo –  Rudaali

This is the title song of the movie Rudali, based on the life of a tribe in Rajastan that earns its living by mourning at people’s deaths. They are especially invited by families when any member is about to die, as it is believed that deaths should be mourned as loudly as possible, for various reasons…

samay o dhiire chalo
bujh gai raah se chhaanv
duur hai duur hai pi ka gaanv
dhiire chalo dhiire chalo

ji ko bahala liya
tuune aas niraash ka khel kiya – 2
chaar dinon mein koi jiya na jiya – 2
zahar ye saans ka piya na piya – 2
ye hava sab le gai
kaaravaan ke nishaan bhi uda le gai
udati havaaon vaale milenge kahaan – 2
koi bata do mere piya ka nishaan – 2
samay o dhiire chalo
bujh gai raah se chhaanv
duur hai, duur hai pi ka gaanv
dhiire chalo dhiire chalo

                                                                       <To Be Continued>