Almister12’s Pictures, Revisited

So I went on DeviantArt just a few days back, trying to search for that Disney Princess Go to Hogwarts picture by the user almister12, but it was nowhere, so I searched for almister12, and their account was still there, and I tried to look at that same picture everywhere in their gallery, but it wasn’t there, so I just figured out that it got deleted. And that’s what it used to look like:

And they sorted the princesses like:

Jasmine-Gryffindor

Snow White-Hufflepuff

Mulan-Slytherin

Aurora-Hufflepuff

Cinderella-Slytherin

Pocahontas-Hufflepuff

Tiana-Gryffindor

Belle-Ravenclaw

Ariel-Slytherin

Rapunzel-Gryffindor

But remember, it was just the way they sorted the princesses. Everyone has different ways of sorting the characters, especially the princesses.

But then they also did a doll-maker version of those princesses:

Plus Megara the Slytherin, Kida in Gryffindor, Ravenclaw Jane, and Esmeralda sorted into Slytherin, again.

And their male counterparts, the princes:

That meant:

Hercules-Hufflepuff

Milo-Ravenclaw

Aladdin-Slytherin

Snow White’s Prince-Gryffindor

Shang-Gryffindor

Prince Phillip-Gryffindor

Cinderella’s Prince Charming-Hufflepuff

John Smith-Ravenclaw

Prince Naveen-Slytherin

Beast-Slytherin

Prince Eric-Gryffindor

Flynn Rider-Slytherin

Tarzan-Ravenclaw

Phoebus-Gryffindor

And there was an individual image of Tiana in her outfit of the Slytherin color scheme.

But not only did almister12 do those Disney characters at Hogwarts, they also did the princesses in pink and green clothes:

And besides the princesses, they even painted a page of a scene from the movie Up.

And apart from Disney, the gallery also used to have Chuckie from Rugrats,

the Despicable Me minions,

and Precious Moments.

Almister12 had been an under-appreciated, yet versatile artist who had mostly done pictures on cartoon characters. Had they still been active and alive now and their pictures still in their gallery, I would have asked where in Hogwarts they would sort Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Alice, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Moana, Kristoff, Hans, the villains, the side characters, and the whole shebang of Disney characters. They would have had way more pictures by now if they had been still active and if they hadn’t deleted their existing pictures.

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surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Asha Duet Jukebox

One day, I was searching some videos on a YouTube channel called surindersidhu00, an ardent Rafian, and there was a jukebox of Rafi-Asha duets. I plopped on the page, and it had these songs:

1. Poocho Na Yaar Kya Hua-Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai(1981): Padmini Kolhapure and Rishi Kapoor party along in this jazzy, colorful, neon, booming disco track from R. D. Burman’s score. This song has another version, set in a train setting. This disco version reminds me of jello. So jiggly, wiggly, shaky, makes me want to dance along. This has to be a superhit of a song.

2. Kya Dekhte Ho-Qurbani(1980): What a chic, summery duet picturized on Zeenat Aman and Feroz Khan, composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. And when I listen to this song on my headphones, it gives me a funny feeling where Asha is singing in my left ear and Rafi in right, LOL! Another superhit.

3. Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Na Jaane-Damaad(1978): This is a rare yet peppy, jazzy number picturized on Amol Palekar and the cute Ranjeeta Kaur on their bike in the greenery of the hills. Asha’s voice especially sounds cute, sweet, bubbly, and energetic as a ramune. Music by Hemant Bhosle with lyrics by Yogesh.

4. Ho Gaye Hum Aap Ke Kasam Se-Bombay 405 Miles(1981): Here, Rafi sings for both Shatrugan Sinha and Vinod Khanna, while Zeenat Aman lip-synchs to Asha’s cute, peppy, bubbly voice in this booming Kalyanji-Anandji love letter.

5. Yeh Vaada Raha Dilruba-Professor Pyarelal(1981): Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman snuggle this Kalyanji-Anandji duet like a love story. Reminds me of “Kya Dekhte Ho”.

6. Lehnga Khisak Jayega-Woh Main Nahin(1974): A naughty, annoyed Rekha tries to get rid of Navin Nischal in the forest with this fiery, raunchy Sonik-Omi track. But Rafi’s cool, nice, jolly, bubbly, ramune-type voice on Navin’s fun, nice personality really spices it up.

7. Tere Ishq Ka Mujh Pe-Nagin(1976): What a sensual duet picturized on Sunil Dutt and Rekha, scored by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Rafi’s voice sounds really charming as a fairytale, and Asha’s voice is so cute, sweet, and juicy as an orange.

8. Mausam Suhane Aa Gaye-Judaai(1980): Jeetendra and Rekha take a promenade in the woods with this enchanting Laxmikant-Pyarelal beauty.

9. Gham Chhupate Raho-Nazrana Pyar Ka(1980): This emotional, touching number is picturized on Raj Babbar and Aruna Irani with music by Hemant Bhosle. The alaap at the beginning reminds me of “Zindagi Bhar Nahin” and “Beeti Na Bitai Raina.” Rafi sahab and Asha tai are pairing very well like a soft, warm pudding topped with cute, sweet, juicy orange slices, respectively.

10. Yeh Aap Ne Kya Keh Diya-Khuda Kasam(1981): Sensual, flirty song of Vinod Khanna and Tina Munim at the beach with music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The picturization reminds me of the song “Hum Tumhe Chahte Hain” from Qurbani, because of Vinod sahab at the beach. Summer vibes.

11. Lut Gaya Dil Lut Gaya-Lahoo Pukarega(1980): Feroz Khan and Saira Banu meet in the garden with this rare, romantic, refreshing Sonik-Omi number, feels like a more modern style. This is a 1980 song, but it feels like approaching the 90s.

12. Mujhse Shaam Suhani-Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi(1979): Here come Amol and Ranjeeta again, walking around in the woods and the beach with this soft, light duet from Usha Khanna’s magic, with lyrics by the blind musician Ravindra Jain, with the support of S. H. Bihari and Asad Bhopali. Another rare gem, and another case of summer vibes.

13. Yeh Goteydar Lehnga-Dharam Kanta(1982): Rajesh Khanna and Reena Roy go on a train ride in this jolly, peppy, catchy dance number composed by none other than Naushad sahab, usually known for his epic, classical songs, like “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya,” “Sawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye,” “Ek Shahenshah Ne,” and many, but this one is different and gives a new genre.

That’s just 13 songs in this short and sweet jukebox, that I wish more songs could be added, but it seems like about nearly half of the songs as volume 1 of surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Lata duet jukebox. This is one of the few cases where I am actually loving Asha’s voice. Her voice reminds me of oranges, because it’s so cute, sweet, adorable, juicy, fresh, pure, and natural, nothing like a chipmunk or an ear rape here. Her baby chipmunk voice is also cute, like in “Aaiye Meharbaan,” “Nigahen Milane Ko,” etc. But I love her juicy voice way more than her loud, shrill, screeching, painful voice in songs like “Duniya Mein Logon Ko” and “Re Man Sur Mein Ga.” I even love her in songs like “Rangeela Re,” “Mujhe Rang De,” “Tanha Tanha,” and “Khallas.” So I like many of Asha’s songs, where her voice is sounding so cute and sweet, but not her painful, annoying voice, I’m saying. I normally prefer Lata over Asha, but here, for these songs specifically, this is one of the rare cases where I prefer Asha over Lata. And I especially love the booming, colorful “Poocho Na Yaar Kya Hua” more than that somber, poignant song “Tum To Pyar Ho.” But I love Rafi sahab in any form, be it his thick, gooey honey voice in his earliest prime, his usual soft, warm hot chocolate voice, or his crystallized sugar voice. It’s so delicious it makes me want to drool.

This jukebox first came to YouTube on January the 13th of 2017, so may we wish it a happy 2nd birthday! Baar baar din yeh aaye, baar baar dil yeh gaye, tu jeeye hazaron saal, yeh meri hai arzoo, happy birthday to you!

surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Lata Duet Jukebox, Vol. 2

Remember the first Rafi-Lata jukebox from surindersidhu00? I loved that jukebox so much that I could play it frequently as my go-to jukebox and list down the songs there, the way DW(from the show Arthur) played the “Crazy Bus” song. It was published in late 2016 and it wasn’t until early 2018 when I first accessed that jukebox. It was a very lovely jukebox, with very nice songs, but some of the songs I felt were missing, so I felt there would be a second set for more of such songs someday.

So I just got one notification from YouTube, so I checked the notifications on YouTube and it was another jukebox of Rafi-Lata duets from surindersidhu00. It felt like getting a new present. So I opened the gift, and here are the songs.

1. Is Reshmi Pazeb Ki-Laila Majnu(1976): Ranjeeta steps out of the flower-laden bathtub and meets Rishi Kapoor with this merry Madan Mohan number.

2. Aadhi Sachchi Aadhi Jhooti-Fakira(1976): Shashi Kapoor and Shabana Azmi enjoy the open nature with this Ravindra Jain breeze.

3. Ki Aaja Teri Yaad Aayi-Charas(1976): Dharmendra and Hema Malini roam around the streets with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal number.

4. Tere Mere Yaraane Ho-Nagin(1976): Feroz Khan and Mumtaz go around the enchanted fairytale land with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

5. Tera Sheeshe Ka Samaan-Chacha Bhatija(1977): Dharmendra and Hema Malini set sail on the pirate ship with this LP duet.

6. Nau Kagaz Hai Gehra Ki Pani-Duniyadari(1977): Rare gem, from Shankar-Jaikishan’s composition loosely based on raga Darbari, picturized on Parikshit Sahni and Nutan at a beach setting.

7. Aadmi Musafir Hai-Apanapan(1977): This Laxmikant-Pyarelal track is a great way of telling a tale during a train ride.

8. Hum Hain Pyar Ki-Do Musafir(1978): Shashi and Rekha walk around the outdoors with this light song.

9. Kajre Ki Kasam-Ram Kasam(1978): Rekha does a snake dance in this Sonik-Omi snake charm.

10. Mohabbat Mein Aji-Phandebaaz(1978): Haven’t seen this song, but it makes me want to feel like Dharmendra and Moushmi Chatterjee are going on a train ride with this quirky R. D. Burman track.

11. Koyal Boli Duniya Doli-Sargam(1979): This dreamy Laxmikant-Pyarelal song speaks of a bird chirping.

12. Parbat Ke Is Paar-Sargam(1979): Jayaprada twirls around in this classical Laxmi-Pyare number.

13. Baahon Mein Teri-Kala Patthar(1981): What a lovely song, picturized on Shashi Kapoor and Parveen Babi, on a day at the garden…

14. Ek Patthar Dil Ko-Dil Ka Heera(1979): Dharmendra and Hema Malini walk in the city with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

15. Dafli Wale Dafli Baja-Sargam(1979): Rishi Kapoor and Jayaprada jig into this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

16. Athara Baras Ki Tu-Suhaag(1979): Featuring the evergreen jodi of Amitabh and Rekha, flirting in this booming track of LP.

17. Simti Hui Yeh Ghadiyan-Chambal Ki Kasam(1979): Lovely song from Khayyam’s melody rooted from raga Bihag, picturized on Raaj Kumar and Moushmi Chatterjee.

18. Tumhare Bin Guzare Hai-Aatmaram(1977): Based on raga Bhimpalasi, this song reminds me of “Nainon Mein Badra Chhaye”. But composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Shatrughan Sinha and Vidya Sinha in a castle setting that reminds me of the Hogwarts corridor halls.

19. Ladki Pasand Ki-Ram Balram(1981): Sensual duet with Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s charisma.

20. Shaher Mein Charcha Hai-Aas Paas(1981): Jolly bhangra Laxmikant-Pyarelal song picturized on the charming pair of Dharmendra and Hema Malini, and little Hrithik Roshan too. This seems to be Rafi’s last movie, with his swan song before his untimely demise.

21. Ashaon Ke Sawan Mein-Aasha(1980): Jeetendra and Reena Roy take a glance in the garden with this light LP number.

22. Baharon Se Kahenge-Ulfat(1978): Breezy song picturized on Raaj Kumar and Sadhana in Kalyanji-Anandji’s score.

23. O Meri Chorni O Meri Morni-Qatilon Ke Qatil(1981): Rare melody picturized on Rishi Kapoor and Tina Ambani in Kalyanji-Anandji’s score.

24. Mere Pyar Ki Awaaz Pe-Raj Mahal(1982): Lovely romantic song featuring the charming, dashing Vinod Khanna and the lovely princess Neetu Singh in the enchanting fairytale lands with this misty Kalyanji-Anandji nature. Reminds me of the song “Kitna Pyara Tujhe” from Raja Hindustani.

25. Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai-Bheegi Palkein(1982): Very light, refreshing song. Surprised to see Raj Babbar there.

26. Sun Sajni-Durga(1985): What can I say about this unseen song…

27. Sholay Sholay…Meri Jawani-Locket(1985): LOL, Rafi sounds like Sonu Nigam in this jolly dandiya song, for he sounds like a young guy in here. But this is a 1985 movie, and the song was recorded in 1979, a delayed release!

So that counts a total of 27 gems, and it’s even a bit more than volume 1. Volume 1 consisted mostly of 60s’ and 70s’ tracks, while this volume 2 consists of 70s’ and 80s’ tracks.

So which one do you like better so far, 1 or 2?

surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Lata Duet Jukebox, Vol. 1

A cool jukebox that would make one feel good…

It was my second year of college, and winter break was about to end. I got very sick with a bad cough that I had to sleep a lot and couldn’t draw, go to my favorite places, like H-Mart, or even sing, that it felt like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad break, just like Alexander in his book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I was so depressed that I was not even excited to go back to school, so I started jotting down the things I wanted from H-Mart, but I still couldn’t go there yet due to my cough and the bad weather. So to overcome my depression, I thought of doing something fun besides singing or shopping or drawing, so I decided to check out some soothing songs on YouTube, and then I got on a page called Some Great Duets by Rafi Saab and Lata from that cool channel surindersidhu00, an ardent Rafi fan. This jukebox, full of Rafi-Lata duets, is so cool that I can’t resist it. Listening to this jukebox for the first time sure helped give me a speedy recovery, that my cough got less, and I could go to H-Mart and draw again.

So here are the songs in this jukebox, in order:

1. Tum To Pyar Ho-Sehra(1963): Prashant and Sandhya roll over in the sand dunes in this somber, seductive love song with Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics tuned on raga Maru Bihag by Ramlal. Sounds so poignant and dripping to me, that it makes me feel like crying, especially the alaap at the beginning. And Rafi’s voice is sounding too bland and fragile in here, like an unsweetened tea, that I feel it doesn’t suit or belong in this song. Sorry to say, but it has to be my least favorite in this jukebox. I wouldn’t even consider putting this song at the top of the list, not even in any of my own Rafi playlists. I don’t even like the fact that it’s the first song in this jukebox. I feel like Arthur when he hears the “Crazy Bus” song, the song that DW loves and keeps playing.

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2. Vaada Bhool Na Jaana-Jalte Badan(1973): What an emotional, sentimental song, where Kumkum feels lonely by the train and dreams of her memories of rolling in the flowers with Kiran Kumar in this rare gem of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, penned by Maya Govind. And Rafi’s voice sounds richer and more booming here, like a cup of warm, steamy, milky, creamy, foamy, frothy hot chocolate. And this song is way better than “Tum To Pyar Ho” for me, looks more colorful, vivid, and neon, sounds so blissful like cherry blossoms, love blooms and puppy love. Rafi’s voice really suits and complements with Lata’s sweet, juicy, refreshing voice in this rare gem. I feel like drying my eyes and not crying anymore, like that SHINee song “Tell Me What to Do,” with that line “Don’t cry no more.” Really symbolizes a speedy recovery from depression. That’s where the greatness starts. Now that’s what I call a real, legitimate love song. The jukebox should have started with this song, that would have made it even better. Can’t resist this one. And now I even switch to DW.

3. Koyal Kyon Gaaye-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana dance in the enchanted forest as they hear a cuckoo singing, as the name says, with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic. Rafi really had a cuckoo voice, for its sweet, high-pitched, melodious sound, and you know many would label Lata as the nightingale voice, for the same reasons and traits. But Rafi’s voice is not just a cuckoo voice, but a unicorn voice, for its softness, beauty, and charm. Another great one. And it’s really a happy, jolly dance number like a fairytale dance, like of the Nutcracker, the sugar plum fairies, and Swan Lake, so magical, I can’t resist this one either!

4. Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon-Jane Anjane(1971): Shammi and Leena Chandavarkar hang out at the beach with this Shankar-Jaikishan spice. So blissful song. Another happy, jolly, refreshing song. This one is really great too.

5. Chal Prem Nagar Jayega-Jeet(1972): Peppy, bubbly duet picturized on the outgoing pair of Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

6. O Sapnon Ke Raja-Banphool(1971): Jeetendra and Babita tease each other in the enchanted forest with this ched-chad song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. A naughty, playful song by the two.

7. Ek Baat Poochoon-Kathputli(1971): Jeetendra and Mumtaz get drenched in the rain with this refreshing Kalyanji-Anandji track.

8. Tere Nain-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena swing through this playful duet in Kalyanji-Anandji’s composition.

9. Tum Meri Ho Mere Siva-Aan Ban(1972): Cute duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Rakhee Gulzar at the garden. Kawaii!

10. Deewane Hai Deewanon Ko-Zanjeer(1973): That’s Gulshan Bawra(the lyricist) slaying this feisty qawwali-type song with Kalyanji-Anandji’s magic.

11. Vaada Karle Sajna-Hath Ki Safai(1974): Vinod Khanna and Simi Garewal stroll in the park with this classic duet of Kalyanji-Anandji.

12. Teri Bindiya Re-Abhimaan(1973): Amitabh Bachchan compliments Jaya Bachchan’s beauty with this lovely bunch of flowers from Sachinda’s magic tuned with classical roots probably from raga Gaara. It has to be a fairytale, a gem, a true love of a song! What a lovely duet it is!

13. Chup Gaye Saare Nazare-Do Raaste(1969): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz romance in the rain with this snappy Laxmikant-Pyarelal score. This is a real hit of a song.

14. Bekhudi Mein Sanam-Haseena Maan Jayegi(1968): Soft, lovely cake of Kalyanji-Anandji, picturized on the chocolatey Shashi Kapoor and Babita.

15. Yeh Dil Tum Bin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

16. O Sanam Tere Ho Gaye Hum-Aayi Milan Ki Bela(1964): This soft, light, dreamy duet picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu comes from Shankar-Jaikishan’s fairytale magic. Feels like a kitty love.

17. Tere Husn Ki Kya Tareef Karoon-Leader(1964): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala converse at the patio in the garden with this light, lovely duet from Naushad. And look at Vyjayantimala doing the moves from different countries.

18. Tumhari Nazar Kyon Khafa-Do Kaliyan(1968): Biswajeet and Mala Sinha jazz up this ched-chad love duet from Ravi’s score.

19. Tere Ghar Ke Saamne-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand sees Nutan in his glass in this titular song of Sachinda.

20. Rimjhim Ke Geet Sawan-Anjana(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Babita romance in the rain with this sparkly, glittery Laxmikant-Pyarelal thunderstorm.

21. Din Saara Guzara Tore Angana-Junglee(1961): Shammi and Saira have met for so long, that it’s time for them to bid goodbye with this blissful Shankar-Jaikishan track.

22. Tum Akele To Kabhi-Aao Pyar Karen(1964): Playful duet from Usha Khanna’s score, picturized on Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu.

23. Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana are detached as they try to join with this light, refreshing Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

24. Mujhe Choo Rahi Hai-Swayamvar(1980): Shashi Kapoor and Moushmi Chatterjee compliment each other’s features and traits in this soft Rajesh Roshan nature, and because this is an early 80s song, both voices seem to sound more matured and sophisticated as compared to the past decades, and Lata’s voice especially reminds me of the petals of a rose, soft, smooth, yet lovely.

So that sums up 24 total tracks in this jukebox.

Except for the poignant, somber “Tum To Pyar Ho,” the songs were indeed really great. My favorites include “Vaada Bhool Na Jaana,” “Koyal Kyon Gaaye,” “Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon,” “O Sapnon Ke Raja,” and many of these, well, all the other songs in this jukebox. But though I feel some songs are missing, like “Hum Tumhare Liye,” “Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se,” “Rut Hai Milan Ki,” “Main Chali Main Chali,” “Dekho Rootha Na Karo,” “Yunhi Tum Mujhse,” and many, but otherwise, it’s still a nice sampling of Rafi-Lata songs. Their voices are so charming that they pair very well like chocolate-covered strawberries. Rich, smooth, mild, warm, liquid, meets cute, sweet, juicy, refreshing, moist. They have made numerous songs together. Very beautiful songs in here. Indeed some of the best, greatest songs ever sung by these love birds. This is one of my go-to jukeboxes. I’ve gone berry crazy about this jukebox, and these songs too, well, almost all of them.

This jukebox is so cool and irresistible that I can’t stop playing it, the way DW(from the show Arthur) plays that “Crazy Bus” song. DW keeps playing the song, and Arthur doesn’t even like that song, that he can’t even stand it. Except these songs are way more irresistible than “Crazy Bus.” This jukebox is so addicting that I tend to play it many times, besides my own Rafi playlists, with his songs of different sorts, either solo or duet, either alone or with Lata or someone else, like Asha, Geeta, Shamshad, etc., whenever I’m busy on my work, such that it is one of my go-to song collections, that it would boost my energy, spice up my work, and relieve me from my depressions. It is such a great collection with such nice songs, that it makes us feel good in a flash.

But remember, I don’t really own this jukebox, it belongs to surindersidhu00, and I’d like to thank and credit him for compiling such beauties, ever since the November of 2016.

The Shrek Cookbook Recipes

One day, back in my elementary school days, I went to Barnes and Noble and spotted a Shrek Cookbook by Glenn Dakin, author of the Bob the Builder screenplays. Then I skimmed through the recipes, and these are the recipes:

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Breakfast:

  • Three Bears’ Porridge
  • Sleeping Beauty’s Pancakes
  • Waffles a la Donkey
  • Magical Morning Potions
  • Merlin’s Granola Crunch

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Light Lunches and Delicious Dinners:

  • Swamp Weed and Fly Larvae
  • Molten Lava Soup
  • Speedy Couscous Salad
  • Puss’s Purrfect Frittata
  • Captain Hook’s Fishcakes
  • Baby Baked Potatoes
  • Dronkey Dippers
  • Three Blind Mice Melts
  • Stir-Fry Worms and Insects
  • Pinocchio’s Pasta Bake
  • Swamp Rat Kebabs
  • Renaissance Wraps
  • Swamp Slime with Maggots
  • Mini Eyeball Pizza
  • Artie’s Awesome Burgers
  • Fiona’s Feisty Chili

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Sweet Treats:

  • Gingybread Men
  • Fuzzy Navel Cocktail
  • Marvelous Muffins
  • Three Pigs’ Apple Strudels
  • Perfect Parfait
  • Royal Chocolate Truffles
  • Mini Meringues
  • Non-Poisoned Apple Pie
  • Ogre Shake
  • Regal Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Frogspawn Jelly
  • Beetle Juice Ripple

That cookbook looked so cool that I remember some of the recipes and want to make them someday.

Disney’s Recipes from Animation to Inspiration-The Recipes

A few years ago, I have come across a Disney-themed cookbook called Disney Recipes: From Animation to Inspiration with recipes by chef Ira L. Meyer. I skimmed the first few pages, with recipes so catchy and inspiring that I felt like creating my own menu with Disney dishes. So, here are the recipes of this cool cookbook:

Appetizers and Condiments:

  • Ariel’s Under the Sea Tempura
  • Baloo’s Jungle Ambrosia Salad
  • Lumiere’s Appetizers
  • Si and Am’s Appetizers
  • Basil’s Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Big Bad Wolf’s Barbecue Spare Ribs with Blackberry Glaze
  • Mushu’s Egg Rolls and Juk
  • Philoctetes’ Onion Marmalade with Raisins
  • Princess Aurora’s Berry Honey Butter

Pastas:

  • Clarabelle Cow’s Tagliatelle
  • Genie’s Free-Form Lasagna
  • Lady and the Tramp’s Spaghetti Bella Notte
  • Minnie Mouse’s Pasta with Three Cheeses
  • Pinocchio’s Farfalle with Leeks and Sausages
  • Stromboli’s Penne with Grilled Vegetables
  • “So Dear to My Heart” Pasta
  • Willie the Whale’s Pappardelle with Shrimp
  • Horace Horsecollar’s Cool Pasta with “Salsa Fresca”

Soups:

  • The Black Cauldron’s Forest Soup
  • Cinderella’s Herb and Egg White Soup
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants’ Lentil Soup
  • Merlin’s Magical Broth
  • Louis’s Seafood Chowder
  • Treasure Planet’s Astral Soup
  • Robin Hood’s Creamy Carrot Soup
  • Snow White’s Winter Vegetable Soup
  • Widow Tweed’s Cheddar Soup with Herbed Crisps
  • Wise Little Hen’s Roasted Corn Soup
  • Madam Mim’s Dragon Soup
  • Make Mine Music’s Double Soup

Entrees:

  • Captain Hook’s Codfish Fillet
  • Cookie’s Special Chili
  • Esmeralda’s Turkey Piccata
  • Figaro’s Trout in Crazy Water
  • Oliver and Company’s Dry-Roasted Chicken
  • King Hubert’s Veal Roast with Apricots and Thyme
  • King Midas’s Hamburger Stuffed with Golden Onions
  • Simba’s Seared Fillet of Beef
  • Mulan’s Mahogany Chicken
  • Pecos Bill’s Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Red-Eye Gravy
  • Peg Leg Pete’s Seared Swordfish with Mint Breadcrumb Sauce
  • Pluto’s Cold Roast Turkey Breast
  • Quasimodo’s Multicolored Cabbage Salad and Chicken
  • The Scat Cat Band’s Crispy Fried Sole Fillets with Raw Tomato Sauce
  • Sir Ector’s Whiskey-Glazed Ham
  • Ichabod’s Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Salads, Dressings, and Sandwiches:

  • Alice’s Warm Mushroom Salad
  • Cheshire Cat’s Marinated Fish Salad
  • Humphrey the Bear’s Sandwich
  • Bambi and Thumper’s Green Goddess Dressing
  • Lilo and Stitch’s Hawaiian Sandwich
  • Melody Time’s Cold Poached Shrimp with Melons
  • Mowgli’s Mixed Vegetable Salad
  • The Walrus and Carpenter’s Fresh Oyster Salad
  • Tinkerbell’s Golden Herb Melange
  • Willie the Giant’s Mixed Sandwich

Vegetables and Vegetarian Entrees:

  • Mrs. Price’s Cabbage Beds with Braised Nestles
  • Peter Pan’s Crispy Spinach with Pixie Dust
  • Fun and Fancy Free’s Ratatouille
  • Kuzco’s Spinach Puffs
  • Pocahontas’s Savory Indian Corn Pudding
  • Uncle Scrooge’s Golden Risotto
  • Three Caballeros’ Vegetarian Burritos
  • Pumbaa and Timon’s Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
  • Three Little Pigs’ Potato Pancakes with Applesauce

  • Desserts:
  • Aristocats’ Creme de la Creme with Milk and Honey
  • The Rescuers’ Sweet Potato Pie with Cheese
  • Daisy Duck’s Orange-Flavored Brownies
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s Chocolate Pie
  • Winnie the Pooh’s No Bake Honey Cookies
  • Tarzan and Jane’s Grilled Tropical Fruits with Passion Fruit Coulis
  • Dumbo’s Roasted Peanut Pie with Chocolate
  • Maid Marian’s Blackberry Pie
  • Fauna’s Birthday Cake
  • King Louie’s Bananas with Honey and Coconut
  • Goofy’s Birthday Cake
  • Eliott’s Caramelized Red Apples
  • Johnny Appleseed’s Apple Pie
  • Mad Hatter and March Hare’s Cheesecake
  • Tigger’s Frozen Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse
  • Witch Hazel’s Pumpkin Pie
  • Santa’s Cookies
  • Chip and Dale’s Corn Chips
  • Snow White’s Gooseberry Pie

Baked Goods:

  • Aladdin’s Rice Pudding
  • Beast’s Breakfast Porridge
  • Cookie Carnival’s Boys and Girls
  • Mary Poppins’s Corn Muffins with Sun-Dried Cherries
  • The Reluctant Dragon’s Breakfast with the Upside-Down Cake
  • Mickey Mouse’s Special Breakfast
  • Mr. Toad’s Irish Soda Bread
  • 101 Puppies’ Kanine Krunchies Doggy Biscuits
  • Fantasia’s Pizza
  • Hundred Acre Wood’s Carrot Bread
  • Fantasia/2000’s Pizza
  • Jiminy Cricket’s Banana Bran Muffins
  • Donald Duck’s Pancakes and Waffles

Drinks:

  • Heroes’ Herculade
  • Rafiki’s Coconut Drink
  • Saludos Amigos’ Gazpacho

Source: Disney Recipes: From Animation to Inspiration by Ira L. Meyer

So those are the recipes of the book, but some recipes I feel are missing, like Alice’s Eat Me cookies and Yzma’s potion, but still, it’s a pretty cool cookbook, and we have our own sets of recipes. These recipes look so appealing to me that I feel as if I were in a fancy restaurant. They are so inspiring that I even plan to think of doing my own Disney menu!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Z

You know what’s special about this post? Because it’s the last one of my Rafi alphabet series, because Z is the last letter of the (English) alphabet, especially an English alphabet of Hindi songs.

Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Bharat Bhushan renders this soft, classical Roshan composition of raga Yaman on his microphone to cutie pie Madhubala. Feels like an ideal song for a rainy day. Abhijeet Srivastava used to sing this song in the rainy episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs. I have this song on my cassette as well.

Zameen Se Hamein Aasman Par-Adalat(1958): Pradeep Kumar and Nargis flirt in this snappy duet of Madan Mohan.

Zara Saamne To Aao Chhaliye-Janam Janam Ke Phere(1959): Manhar Desai calls to his love Nirupa Roy with this rare, vintage S. N. Tripathi classic. I’m guessing it roots from raga Shivaranjani, for it reminds me of “Kahin Deep Jale”.

Zulfon Ko Hata Le Chehre Se-Sawan Ki Ghata(1966): Manoj Kumar serenades Sharmila Tagore, dressed in black, on the open nature in this soft O. P. Nayyar classic.

Zindabad Zindabad-Mughal-E-Azam(1960): Very popular patriotic one from Naushad, and what a dynamic, nuclear voice. And fun fact, the chorus had 100 members there!

Zara Dekh Ke Chalna-Bikhre Moti(1971): There goes jumping jack Jeetendra, singing this flirty, peppy Laxmikant-Pyarelal track to Babita.

Zara Mudke To Dekh-Lalkar(1972): Dharmendra and company get together in this jolly, flavorful Kalyanji-Anandji track.

Zara Sun Haseena-E-Nazneen-Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya(1962): This is Rafi singing for Vijay Kumar serenading Waheeda Rehman in this Ravi rarity. But reminds me of the Shagoon songs, for they’re both black and white movies of the early 60s starring Waheedaji as the heroine.

Zulfon Ko Aap Yun Na-Chandan Ka Palna(1967): Dharmendra and Meena Kumari compliment each others’ looks and gestures by the river with this light duet from Panchamda’s score. Reminds me of my middle school days, I first heard this song when Dad played this song on his computer one morning when I was in sixth grade. Tune kinda reminds me of “Shukran Allah” from Kurbaan.

Zamane Pe Maare-Baharon Ke Sapne(1967): Another one from Panchamda, picturized on a lonely Rajesh Khanna wandering around.

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein-Nartakee(1963): Don’t confuse this song with that very song by Kishore Kumar on Rajesh Khanna from Aap Ki Kasam, this is a Rafi song picturized on Sunil Dutt canoeing with Nanda in Ravi’s composition. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid that it feels like water.

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Na Jaane-Damaad(1978): Another one. This is a peppy, jazzy number picturized on Amol Palekar and the cute Ranjeeta on their bike in the greenery of the hills. Even Asha’s voice is sounding especially cute, sweet, bubbly, and energetic as a ramune, a Japanese soda. Music by Hemant Bhosle with lyrics by Yogesh.

Zubaan-E-Yaar Man Turki-Ek Musafir Ek Haseena(1962): Fun song from O. P. Nayyar, where Joy Mukherjee and Sadhana speak of countries. Joy has seen Iran and China, and Sadhana has a Turkish-speaking friend, but she doesn’t speak any Turkish. I don’t know much Turkish either, but it reminds me of Arthur’s Turkish penpal Adil.

Zikr Us Parivash Ka-Non-filmi song: This is such a light, classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal. Rafi’s voice sounds so warm, soft, and soothing in here, so drop dead gorgeous, that I feel like, ahhhhhhh…..now I’m sleeping in heaven…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

Zindagi To Bewafa-Muqaddar Ka Sikandar(1978): This Kalyanji-Anandji piece mourns the ashes and relics of death and such losses and ends the series.

And since it’s the grand finale of my A to Z of Mohammed Rafi series, I’d like to give a huge thanks to sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me on my version of this series, and also the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crew, for giving me some more ideas. It has really been a mega challenge for me to even put as many songs as I could think of per letter instead of just one, like A, K, M, and T felt really long, and F, Q, U, V, and W short. I felt like going through so many milestones. I’ve been awake ever since A all the way to Z, and now that the mission is accomplished, it’s time for me to say goodbye and good night and catch my Z’s.

So long, farewell to you, my friend. Good bye for now, until we meet again.

The end.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………