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!

What Is Your Favorite Movie?

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where ten of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Shackman who is unfortunately temporarily out of the LBC postings. The nine other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Rohit, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

Unlike the other LBC writers I am afraid that I will have to write about two films. One English and the other Hindi.

The English one has always been Spartacus. This is one story that I first came across in the film format before deciding to read the novel of that same name. The story and the one scene when all the slaves stand up and claim to be Spartacus, is indelibly etched in my mind. I have used that particular scene in a number of motivational classes to devastating effect. A story where a very human hero appears and inspires. I would also imagine that Kirk Douglas has not acted better in any of his other films.

The Hindi film was Guide. I had read the book by R K Narayan prior to seeing the film and had thought of the hero of the story to be an impossibility. But the film and Dev Anand’s interpretation of the role changed my mind about it. I was in Ahmedabad when it was released and since there was little other entertainment those days in Ahmedabad, I saw it seven times within a couple of months. I subsequently saw the version made for the Western audiences too which was not as effective an interpretation of the original story. And as a bonus, all the songs in the film were hits and became ear worms for me for many years.

If I had to choose between these two to decide on the favourite, I would not be able to. So, dear Shackman, you will have to forgive me for choosing two films.

Now for a parting gift:

Alopecia Totalis.

This post has been inspired by two developments. The first one was during a chat with a friend when I was told that women wear wigs after loss of hair following treatment for cancer and that the care giver must be aware of the discomfort that a wig can cause on sensitive skin. This led me to speculate on why people wear wigs at all. My friend and I concluded that it was due to vanity and a sense of insecurity. I however wondered why more men go bald than women and am yet to find a satisfactory answer.

I am quite bald. My top is almost totally bald and the few hairs that I have are on the fringes. It has never bothered me and I never tried anything to prevent hair loss or tried to cover the baldness with a wig. So, it always amuses me to see men wearing wigs which makes them look comic rather than attractive. At least to me, they do.

Here are two great baldies. Just see how handsome they are.

For the uninitiated, they are Telly Savallas and Yul Brynner. I wish that I could go completely bald like they look here. The condition is called Alopecia Totalis, the title of this post. If I could get there, I will save a lot of money and time spent at the barbers. May be, I will look better too! What do you think?

The point is that these two stars did not hide their baldness. We in India have a star Rajnikant, who in real life does not cover his baldness with wigs and this is what he looks like when he is not acting.

And when he is acting in a role, this is what he looks like.

Rajnikanth is a super star in South India, and his fan following does not mind seeing him in his natural avatar.

On the other hand, we have a North Indian super star Amitabh Bachhan who refuses to be seen off screen or on it without a wig.

Another old fading star Dev Anand looks really comic with his wig.

After all those observations of my likes and dislikes about wigs, I come to the second inspiration for this post. That is Conrad’s post – Hmmm … Have I Become My Own Imposter? You must read my comments there to appreciate my views on baldness. To add further masala, Looney‘s comment there is worth its weight in gold.

There is a grand looking lady who comes to our local park for walks who is almost totally bald. She does not cover her head or wear a wig. When I mentioned this to my friend on the chat, she promptly advised me to stop her in her tracks and ask her for an interview. Once the rains stop and I resume my walks, I intend doing precisely that and shall hopefully have a woman’s point of view on this very interesting subject.

Do any of my lady readers have some information on courageous bald women who do not wear wigs? I would appreciate some feed back and perhaps even a guest post.