For many years, my wife used to leave me speechless with her ability to recite Urdu couplets on demand. Standing in the kitchen, watching television, answering the phone, she had a couplet for each... »
To me, as a little boy growing up in the ’70s, S.D. Burman was just R.D. Burman’s father. Yes, R.D. who sang “Mehbooba mehbooba” in the epochal Sholay and preceded it with Yaadon ki Bara... »
After all, Urdu, in the mind of the common man then, was all about refined poetry, those wondrous exchanges between shama and parvana!
Back in the 1970s, when the young and ambitious were... »