Philosophy Of Life.

I was pleasantly surprised to listen to this song from a WhatsApp forward yesterday.

This was sent to me by a very dear friend who thought that I would appreciate the philosophy that the lyrics convey. Little did he know that this promptly took me back to the 60s of the last century when this movie was released. I was enjoying the life of a bachelor with a full time public sector company job and was smoking Charminar cigarettes. I had also got a Ronson lighter as a gift from an uncle who had quit smoking. In this song, in the movie, when the hero lights up with the lighter, the signature tune plays and I went on a wild goose chase to get a lighter with that application. Finding it extremely difficult to get gas to refill the lighter I finally had to discard it till I finally gave it away to an antique collector who was fascinated by it.

I loved the song for its lyrics and I wish to share it with my readers.

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

I flowed with life as it developed
I blew away all problems like rings of cigarette smoke

Barbadiyon Ka Shok Manana Fizul Tha
Barbadiyon Ka Jashan Manata Chala Gaya
Har Fikar Ko Dhuen Mein Udaata Chala Gaya
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Mourning failures was a waste of time
So I moved on, celebrating my failures
I blew away all problems like rings of cigarette smoke

Jo Mil Gaya Usi Ko Muqaddar Samajh Liya
Jo Kho Gaya Maein Usko Bhulata Chala Gaya
Har Fikar Ko Dhuen Mein Udaata Chala Gaya

Whatever life offered, I believed was my destiny
What I lost, I kept trying to forget it
I blew away all problems like rings of cigarette smoke

Gham Aur Khushi Mein Farq Na Mehsoos Ho Jahan
Maein Dil Ko Us Muqaam Pe Laata Chala Gaya
Har Fikar Ko Dhuen Mein Udaata Chala Gaya

Where there is no difference between Happiness and Sorrow
I moved on, trying to bring my heart into that state
I blew away all problems like rings of cigarette smoke

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Album: Hum Dono
Music: Jaidev
Vocals: Mohammed Rafi.

I smoked for fifty five years and am paying the price for it now but, while I smoked, I enjoyed every puff and tried to live my life like the lyrics of this song suggests.  I think that I mostly succeeded too!

6 thoughts on “Philosophy Of Life.”

  1. I’d like a last verse to mention the effects of all that smoking which one can’t blow away. Like you, I suffer from 25 years of hard smoking. I loved my ciggies. Off them now for close on 33 years but boy, now I have the effects in spite of all my marathoning, etc. It catches up.

    But you are not alone Ramana, I too loved the glamour of smoking.
    XO
    WWW

  2. My smoking career was mercifully, rather brutally, brought to an end before it had barely started. I was in my early twenties. My then new found love interest told me he didn’t “wish to kiss an ashtray”. Not exactly your run of the mill chat up line. As choices in life go it was . . . I don’t know, let’s say interesting, challenging. I loved smoking. Duck to water. Bit of a battle to kick the habit. But, gloves off, I loved the future father of my son more. And thank(ed) him, belatedly.

    Hug,
    U

    1. You are fotunate that you stopped when still young. I stopped too late and am paying the price for it now though there is an upside to it. My pulmonologist, a very young man, calls me uncle, tells me “Uncle, you are lucky that you did not get cancer of the lungs.”

  3. Beautiful song and dashing Dev Anand…some of the best songs were picturised on him… Many of my favourites including this one. The other super song from this picture is kabhi Khud pe…. Kabhi halaath pe rona aaya

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