Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Singing praises

So I rediscovered 'Teri deewani' from Kailash Kher's album Kailasa on Youtube and was amazed at how quickly I had dismissed it the first time I had heard it. Further research on what else he has been upto led me to his album 'Kailasa Chaandan mein', particularly the songs 'Teri yaad mein' and 'Chaandan mein' which have completely blown my mind and made me into a total zombie.

Picture this.

I wake up and as soon as I brush my teeth, I play the album. When I go to bathe, I actually pause it because otherwise I'm, you know, wasting and offending the song. It's only when the first burst of water hits me in the shower that I realise how ridiculous I am being. And yet I do the same thing the next morning. The album plays as I get ready for work, and I wait till the last possible second before shutting off the computer and leaving the house, till the bus driver is almost pounding on my door and saying, "Eh hello? You want to go to work or no?" As soon as I lock the house, I take out the ipod from my purse and play the album. I play it in the bus amidst all the cacophony and for the first time find it really silly and annoying that the buses have TVs. The kid who has been squashed against the window has said, "Excuse me" 37 times, but I am too lost in the song to notice him or give way so he can get off at his bus stop. Finally he pushes himself out, giving me the eye of shame for standing between him and his education.

I reach office and as soon as I turn on my computer, I go to www.phulki.com and play the album. On loop. The whole day. I just put the earphones right next to my keyboard and turn up the volume all the way so I don't have to plug the earphones but I can still hear the song without disturbing others. Of course, once in a while, someone comes to talk to me and catches a bit of the song. Just yesterday, my teammate came over and as soon as she had uttered "Sayesha, do you have a minute?" Kailash Kher went "Aawo jiiii, aawo jiiii, aaaaawo jiiiiiii!" in a very hospitable manner, and I chuckled so hard at how relevant it was (if she knew Hindi) that I think I scared the poor girl.

After work, I shut down my computer and leave for home with the ipod back on. In the lift, just before I hit play, I try to remember where exactly I had left the song in the morning. Usually I guess correctly and the song resumes from the next word, making me grin so widely that the security guard in my office building gets nervous and gives me the, "Who are you? Wipe that grin off your face or.. or I'll open fire!" look, while I give him the "Dude I work here. And you don't have a gun. And you should totally listen to this song!" look.

The bus journey home is again musical, and sometimes I sing along in my head so loudly that people actually turn to stare, even though I swear not a single word left my lips. Power of music I tell you.

I come home and I play it till I am ready to sleep. On an unrelated note, two of my neighbours have moved out. On another unrelated note, Viv has moved out and checked into a hotel. (Okay this one is actually unrelated. He has gone for a tournament and is staying at the hotel with all the teams.)

And at night, just before I sleep, because I have heard the song a few hundred times in the day, it plays again in my head. Every note, every tone, every bit is clear as crystal as I drift off to sleep.

Whatever this is, I know it won't last, but I'm going to savour every moment till I have it.



24 comments:

Dhara said...

Goollld!!!! OMG My first one !

Ok Now ill go and listen to those songs

Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

silver!!

Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

rotfl! Damn it, why do you stand b/w a kid and his education?? :)))

same here. And I dont know why it doesn't last! If we don't get bored with 100 or 500 times, why with 1000 times?

One such song for me is "Aaj ki Raat" :D

Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

Bronze is also mine, btw. waat an acheevmantu!

CodeSmith said...

Listen to the song 'Saiyyan' by Kailash Kher.

Prats said...

I know exactly what you are talking about, I am currently going through the same phase with the Kya Karein Zindagi song...

You can read the lyrics here-
http://prats.co.in/kaminey/

I ignored it when I heard it first then one fine day how meaningful & soulful the song and since then it is playing all over on my music system at home, In car when I am traveling, on the Ipod when I am walking and on the computer in my headphones when I am working.

Its a sin to ask bhai, but have you heard Saiyyan by kailash Kher... I can hear that song n number of times too :-)

Thousif Raza said...

i know what you mean, but for me its the English songs, i have heard lil wayne's lollipop almost 7862 times but i still cant get enough of it

take care and keep writing..........

naween said...

i like. i like. too.

Taurus Girl said...

Well written... :)
I can completely understand the feeling..
Even I listen to Ajj Din Chadheya from LAK these days...
Njoy it while it lasts!!... :)

rabi.agrawal said...

Hey..Sayesha
Same feeling here.
I am also hooked to Chaandan main.

So earthy and mesmerizing!!

Sanchit said...

kailash kher formed the cult following during the college days... in the hindi songs ki category... btw.. i hope u've already heard bheeg gaya mera maan (cherapunji).. thats simply legen...dary a song..

Dil se said...

wow, I have got to check out the song if it can create such effects :-)

aj said...

how do i say this....eh....i don't like Kailash kher. Sorry that our taste doesn't match.
His voice doesn't work for me. I will give the songs a try but I am prejudiced.

Its not that I don't like offbeat voices. I love Rekha Bhardwaj. Check her out in Raat ke dhai bhaje as she totally rules over sunidhi.. In this song Suresh wadkar wasn't bad either and that was a pleasant suprise. btw looks like there was someone else who is a fan of kaminey music in this post.

disha said...

Bhai..aap toh vo kya kehante hain na..(in hushed voice) yeda ho gaya hai us song ke vaste :D
Iske pahale ki bhai ka rolled Akh-bar mere sar pad pade..BHAGOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Ashwin said...

Good post Sayesha. I just listened to the song and loved it. Kailash Kher has "mitti ki khushboo" in his voice that makes him so different from other singers.

The aawo ji coincidence with you colleague reminded me of a very funny incidence that happened many years ago when I was traveling in a bus. Ghulam Ali ghazal "dil me ek lehar si" was playing in the bus. Someone sitting behind me cut a really loud one. Immediately Gulam Ali Sahab followed up with "koi taaza hawa chali hai kahi". I almost fell out of my seat laughing.

wishes galore said...

oh i can totally relate to it!!
i too have ( though not such strong) phases with different songs..

this song is beautiful!! one of my favourites too:))
listen to his "heere moti main naa lau,..sangam tera" another worth savouring..:))

R said...

Oh yeah, the guy is pretty talented. Good vocals. Only if he would experiment with his music a little. He has the perfect texture to do anything.

But funny, this, as this happened with me last month with Steven Wilson's solo album. I still know every track by heart. *high fives*

Stupidosaur said...

GOLD!!!

(So what if I didn't win it! I purchased it :P)

On an unrelated note, I have just now written a post on your favourite - Bollywood!

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"But I did! :P"

Stupidosaur said...

On another unrelated note. Kailash songs are nice.

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vipul said...

nicely written and that song is really fabulous.Sometimes it happened with me also....

piyu said...

indeed his songs are very soothing.. i heard this song quite some time back and it had the same effect on me.. sending u the link...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIHKXC5F0UM&feature=fvw

this song is a treat for any kailash kher fan.

Sanket said...

:)
Same things happened to me with 'Kabhi Kabhi Aditi'!

spaghettithoughts said...

'Saiyaan'.

You'll grow a deewani all over again.