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 Viju Shah’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.

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?

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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 a Rajasthani setting in this somber, seductive love song with Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics tuned on raga Maru Bihag by the underappreciated music director Ramlal. Looks and sounds so simple, too simple to be called great. Feels so poignant and dripping to me.

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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. And Rafi’s voice sounds richer and more booming here, as compared to his fragile voice in “Tum To Pyar Ho”, like a cup of 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 in this rare gem. Really symbolizes a speedy recovery from depression. That’s where the greatness starts. Now that’s what I call a real, legitimate love song. Can’t resist this one.

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.

4. Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon-Jane Anjane(1971): Shammi and Leena Chandavarkar hang out at the beach with this Shankar-Jaikishan spice. 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, I guess.

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.

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 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. 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.

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.

17. Tere Husn Ki Kya Tareef Karoon-Leader(1964): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala converse at the patio 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 “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. They have made numerous songs together. Very beautiful songs in here. Indeed some of the best, greatest songs ever sung by them. This is one of my go-to jukeboxes.

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. Except these songs are more irresistible than “Crazy Bus.” It’s so addicting that I 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 own this jukebox, it belongs to surindersidhu00, and I’d like to thank 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.

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…………

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Y

“Where’s X?”

Well, there’s no X in the Rafian alphabet, like no L in Japanese or no F or V in Korean and no H in Russian, because I couldn’t find any of his songs starting with X, and even Japanese and Korean, well, many languages, have no X, but Chinese and Vietnamese do. Every language has a letter it doesn’t have, like my French teacher said every teacher has a class he/she doesn’t have. And when it came to X, sunheriyaadein and bollyviewer inserted some songs that didn’t even really start with X, as if it were a blank space, but lucky me, I try to put those songs in whatever letter they really begin with. I really feel X is no place for a Rafi song.

So that’s why I’m leaving out X and skipping to Y.

Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar-Sangam(1964): “Read this love letter of mine, and don’t get mad, you are my life, you are my bonding…” Rajendra Kumar writes Vyjayantimala a love letter and tries to cheer her up and not get mad(“naraaz na hona”) with this dreamy Shankar-Jaikishan track. And Rafi songs, especially this one, really feel like love letters, for his voice is so rich, smooth, soft, dreamy, and moreover, charming, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding.

Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho-Sachcha Jhoota(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz go on a boat ride in this cute, flavorful Rafi-Lata duet from Kalyanji-Anandji. Reminds me of the Little Mermaid. Plus, it’s another of my favorite songs.

Yeh Parbaton Ke Dayere-Vaasna(1968): Biswajeet and Kumud Chhugani gaze around the garden with this rarity of Chitragupt. Kinda reminds me of “Jaag Dil-E-Deewana”.

Yaadon Ki Baraat-Yaadon Ki Baraat(1973): What a rocking bromantic duet picturized on Tariq Khan and Vijay Arora, with R. D. Burman’s booming score.

Yamma Yamma-Shaan(1980): Another masterpiece of Panchamda, where he sings this Arabian flair song for Amitabh Bachchan with his loud, heavy metal voice, and Rafi’s soft unicorn voice on Shashi Kapoor.

Yeh Reshmi Zulfein-Do Raaste(1969): A bearded Rajesh Khanna compliments Mumtaz’s looks, especially her hair and eyes, with this lovely solo love song from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s direction. I remember Swarit singing this song in the Rafi episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs.

Yeh Aansoo Mere Dil Ki Zubaan Hai-Hamrahi(1963): Very poignant song from Shankar-Jaikishan’s score and picturized on a lonely, brooding Rajendra Kumar, that reminds me of that late, cool channel Rafiology, who got killed due to so many copyright issues blindly taken by other channels, like Filmi Gaane and Gaane Sune Ansune. I cry for that channel every night and day and in my sleep, even more than an ice cream or a chocolate bar. RIP Rafiology!

Yaad Mein Teri-Mere Mehboob(1963): This lightly classical duet, based on raga Darbari, feels like a fairytale, with Naushad’s sheer magic, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana. I love Mere Mehboob songs very much, so irresistible. Naushad made such epic, classical soundtracks, like also Mughal-E-Azam, Palki, Leader, and many. Gives me memories.

Yeh Dil Deewana Hai-Ishq Par Zor Nahin(1970): Dharmendra and Sadhana sing this sensual duet with S. D. Burman behind the scenes.

Yeh Maana Meri Jaan-Hanste Zakhm(1973): Feisty qawwali song, under Madan Mohan’s direction, with Navin Nischal as the lead singer on screen there.

Yeh Jo Chilman Hai-Mehboob Ki Mehndi(1971): Rajesh Khanna charms Leena Chandavarkar with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal fairytale.

Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat-Non-filmi song: This is a classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal.

Yahoo-Junglee(1961): Shammi Kapoor insanely yells out the yahoo in this Shankar-Jaikishan earthquake in the heroine Saira Banu’s debut. Feels like a nuclear explosion. This was my favorite in my later elementary school days. And I have a joke: What’s Shammi’s favorite search engine? YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!! But that was just a joke, and there was not really any Internet during Rafi’s time.

Yaad Na Jaye-Dil Ek Mandir(1963): Another sentimental song composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Rajendra Kumar. Even if time flies, memories shouldn’t go and thus should be preserved, like those photo albums and scrapbooks. There are really a lot of things that disappear over time, but some we can’t forget. If life had a rewind button, I wish we could get to that stuff more, like the Pany Pang website, the virtual Potter Puppet Pals scene maker, the Mouse’s Sorting Hat, and of course, our beloved channel Rafiology.

Yeh Teri Saadgi-Shabnam(1964): Mehmood serenades Vijayalaxmi in this rare gem of Usha Khanna.

Yehi Hai Tamanna-Aap Ki Parchhaiyan(1964): Jolly love song picturized on Dharmendra serenading Supriya in Madan Mohan’s composition.

Yeh Raat Yeh Fizayein-Batwara(1961): This rare gem of rare musician S. Madan lights up a dark night. Feels like a moist chocolate cake.

Yehi Hai Woh Sanjh Aur Savera-Sanjh Aur Savera(1964): Tragedy stars Guru Dutt and Meena Kumari get touched in this light duet of Shankar-Jaikishan.

Yeh Desh Hai Veer-Naya Daur(1957): Dilip Kumar leads this very patriotic song of O. P. Nayyar. So proud to be an Indian, and a Rafian too!

Yamma Yamma-China Town(1962): Very peppy duet in Ravi’s score, featuring Shammi and Helen. There’s a Telugu version of this song(“Gumma Gumma”), and also “Baar Baar Dekho”(“Enthavaru Gani”), from the Telugu movie Bhale Thammudu, also by Rafi sahab, with P. Susheela, but didn’t like it as much as Hindi, not my cup of tea. Sorry guys, Hindi version is best. Asha sang it way better than P. Susheela. And even Rafi sounds way better in Hindi than Telugu. His Hindi voice is cute, soft, sweet, charming, mild, kind as a unicorn, but he sounds kinda loud, aggressive, and overreactive as a dragon in Telugu.

Yeh Tera Husn Nasha-Non-filmi song: This Madan Mohan ghazal is so soft and lovely that it soothes me like a cup of tea…

Yeh Raat Hai Pyaasi Pyaasi-Chhoti Bahu(1971): Rajesh Khanna sings this Kalyanji-Anandji bedtime song to Sharmila Tagore.

Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil-Heer Ranjha(1970): Raaj Kumar feels so lost and lonely in those deserted places as he wanders around with this soulful Madan Mohan classic.

Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra-Kashmir Ki Kali(1964): Why S. H. Bihari’s lyrics are talking about a blonde, blue-eyed girl, while Shammi is really serenading this peppy O. P. Nayyar classic to a raven-haired, black-eyed Sharmila Tagore in her prime?! The lyrics don’t even match the picturization! LOL! And I even had a funny dream where Patrick watched this song on Squidward’s TV and turned it off.

Yun Rootho Na Haseena-Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare(1966): Shashi charms Nanda in this light, effortless love song of Madan Mohan. But I wish Madan sahab had made more scores for Shashiji.

Yun Bekhudi Se Kaam-Non-filmi song: This rare ghazal, based on raga Malkauns, feels like an angel’s prayer…

Yeh Hawa Yeh Mastana-Akeli Mat Jaiyo(1963): Rajendra Kumar and Meena Kumari go on a sleigh ride with this blissful Madan Mohan number with some Japanese flair. Reminds me of a fairytale forest adventure.

Yeh Rang Bhare Badal-Tu Nahin Aur Sahi(1960): Pradeep Kumar and Nishi enjoy the train ride with this blissful Ravi track.

Yeh Vaada Raha Dilruba-Professor Pyarelal(1982): Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman snuggle this Kalyanji-Anandji duet like a love story. Reminds me of “Kya Dekhte Ho”.

Yeh Wadiyan Yeh Fizayein-Aaj Aur Kal(1963): Sunil Dutt looks at the open nature with this Ravi track.

Yahan Main Ajnabee Hoon-Jab Jab Phool Khile(1965): Shashi states in this soft piano track of Kalyanji-Anandji that he is a foreigner here.

Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke-Kaajal(1965): Helen plays a courtesan dancer in this Ravi composition, and a drunk Raaj Kumar praises her beauty in Rafi’s rich, soft, warm voice, just like milk tea.

Yeh Dil Tum Bin Kahin Lagta Nahin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in the open hills with this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Yeh Parda Hata Do-Ek Phool Do Mali(1969): Sanjay Khan and Sadhana tease each other in this peppy Ravi ched-chad song.

Yeh Ishq Ishq-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Feisty, party jolly qawwali from Roshan’s composition on raga Kalavati, featuring Bharat Bhushan.

Yeh Raat Bahut Rangeen-Shagoon(1964): Waheeda Rehman’s real-life hubby Kamaljeet renders this haunting Khayyam ghazal.

Sorting these songs by letter is as fun as sorting Disney characters into Hogwarts houses, that it makes a useful tool for that singing game called antakshari, where the next song should start with the last letter of the previous, and that was the original point that gave me the idea of sorting these songs, even if they aren’t all Rafi songs. But still, I’d like to acknowledge sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and also Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me to do my own Rafi alphabets.

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-W

So U and V were short, but this one’s gonna get a little longer.

Wadiyan Mera Daaman-Abhilasha(1968): Sanjay Khan goes crazy in love for Nanda with this R. D. Burman track.

Woh Hai Zara Khafa Khafa-Shagird(1967): The charming pair of Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu flirt in the garden with this light Laxmikant-Pyarelal duet.

Woh Jab Yaad Aaye-Parasmani(1963): That’s true, when I remember something, so many things come to my head. And this sentimental classic duet is one of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first songs, picturized on Mahipal and Geetanjali in an enchanted fairytale setting, colored from that magic pixie dust in “Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra”.

Woh Teer Dil Pe Chala-Aarti(1962): Comical duet from Roshan, featuring our beloved comedian Mehmood and Shashikala.

Woh Din Yaad Karo-Hamrahi(1963): Nice duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Jamuna in the patio.

Watan Pe Jo Fida Hoga-Phool Baney Angarey(1963): Very emotional patriotic song and dynamic voice, under Kalyanji-Anandji’s direction.

Waqt Se Din Aur Raat-Waqt(1965): Time flies with this soulful Ravi composition, when things go and people lose lives, day and night, today and tomorrow. Kahin beetein na yeh raatein, kahin beete na yeh din.

Woh Hum Na The-Cha Cha Cha(1964): Helen, playing the heroine in this movie, listens to this soft, smooth, suave, liquid number from Iqbal Qureshi’s score on the radio, vis rendered by Chandrashekhar.

For days, I’ve been working in a world full of Rafi songs, and his voice is so wonderful, so rich, smooth, liquid, soft, suave, and mellifluous, that listing so many of his songs by letter felt like so much wonder! Rafi sahab was one of the best singers in the world! Doesn’t it feel like a wonderland?!