Friday, May 20, 2011


33 minutes left for my birthday to end! I finally turned 20! Amazing day...alll thanks to the BEST friends anyone could ever hope of having! Girls: If you're reading this, just know that you guys mean a lot to me. I love you guys! I'm so lucky to have friends like you.

Great friends, amazing and inspiring parents, wonderful cousins, some great teachers, awesome seniors - boi, I do have it pretty good.

Here's to hoping that the coming year is just the same (if not better!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Songs I love: Kahin Door/Amay Proshno Kore

The Hindi song, 'Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye' has been one of my favourites for as long as I can recall.

Today, while listening to said song (for the gazillionth time), I remembered that the song had a Bengali version(Actually, to be fair, the Hindi one is the 'version'; the Bong one is the original). So I did some google-vestigation and found 'Amay Proshno Kore'.

I spent the whole day listening to both songs. Truth be told, they share nothing except of the tune. They have very different lyrics, different singers, they belong to different movie industries etc.

Also, the Bengali version is much, much better.

My mum says that the reason why I like the Bong version more is because:
1. I'm a Bengali (atleast 50% anyway)
2. Its the original

Although I agree with my mum, I'd like to add the following points:
3. The Bong version is more melancholic (and as you know, I live in melancholy)
4. I think Hemant Kumar had a better singing voice than Mukesh (personal opinion)
5. I understood the whole song - which is a big deal since I know very little Bengalii
6. The lyrics are simpler and more touching. I love the depth and the simplicity of the Bong version. In front of it, the Hindi version looks slightly decorated (whatever that means)

I won't bother translating the Hindi version (I'm sure a translation exists somewhere on the web), but I'm gonna *try* (and probably fail at) translating the Bong version.

Here are the original lyrics:

amay proshno kore nil dhrubo tara
ar koto kal ami robo dishahara
robo dishahara
jobab kichui tar dite parinai shudhu
potho khuje kete gelo
ey jibono shara
ey jibono shara ||

kara jeno bhalobeshe alo jelechilo
shurjer alo tai nibhe giyechilo
nijer chhayar pichhe
ghure ghure pori michhe
ekdin shey dekhi 

ami tumi hara
ami tumi hara
amay proshno kore........ ||

ami poth khuji nato potho more khuje
mono ja bujhe na bujhe na bujhe ta bujhe
amar choturpashe shobkichu jay ashe
ami shudhu tusharito 
gotihino dhara
gotihino dhara
amay proshno kore........ ||


the blue pole star questions me
how much longer will I remain direction-less
 remain direction-less
(I am) unable to give any answer,  just
looking for a path (I) spent
this whole life
this whole life

some had, out of affection, illuminated
which is why the sun's light had dimmed
behind my own shadow
i wander, wander fruitless
one day I see
I am without you
I am without you

(If) I don't look for the path, the path looks for me
my mind doesn't understand what it understands; it understands what it doesn't understand
all around me, everything goes and comes
I am just an icy, 
unmoving stream
unmoving stream

Note: I tried to stay close to the lyrics (its not my interpretation - translations are bad enough, I don't want to ruin the song completely :) )

Here's the Hindi version:

Bong version:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Songs I love: Place To Be

Written and performed by the amazing Nick Drake, the song was first featured on his final alum, Pink Moon (released in '72, when he was around 24 years old). I love the album and this song is one of  my favourites.

 When I was young, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older see it face to face
And now I'm older gotta get up clean the place.

And I was green, greener than a hill
Where flowers grew and the sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be.

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day is done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh, so weak in this need for you.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Blip Blip

How on EARTH did I manage to get this?

Its never gonna work out - we're far too alike...

I'm gonna go and try to get Chuck Bartowski :P

Edit: Yaaay! I got Chuck...apparently all you have to do is select a different last answer!

Friday, May 6, 2011

An absurd little bird

Just finished watching The Sound of Music for the zillionth time. I love that movie! It's like a shot of happiness aimed directly at your heart. It can cure everything - sadness, boredom, homesickness - you name it!

I love singing along with the songs, especially "Sixteen going on seventeen"(I'm almost three years too old ...sigh) and "lonely goatherd". And Christopher Plummer? Oh My Oh My Oh My. What a voice. What an accent. What a smile... *swoon*

So basically, all I did after college today was:
1. Sleep
2. Talk about The Sound Of Music
3. Watch The Sound Of Music.

Hey! I think I'm allowed one day of absolute nothingness. Especially since I had a test AND a quiz today.
Besides, at least I did something today. I spent all day yesterday talking to Cleverbot - the AI who is a better conversationalist than most people I know.

Yeah. I know. My life is just about as uneventful as it gets.

Ah well, least I get Andy, my new teddybear.