Sunday, January 11, 2009

Janamdin ki Hungama!


By now, you all know I'm a raging kind of an Indophile, so it isn't a surprise that one of my best blog buddies should be Agra's very own Dr. Mona Rahman who -- as fortune would have it -- celebrates her birthday on Sunday 11 January. Mona's talents as a poet and writer need no introduction here, but for those of you who have yet to savor her stylings, I'll point you to The Two Bits, our Mona Ji's collection of literary delights.

But wait, there's more! In addition to her own writing efforts, the good Doctor has been of inestimable help to me as I've labored to bring you a series of 55 Flash Fictions based on the life of a woman in Independence-era Punjab. Not only has Mona helped me with my pitiable Hindi, she's been a willing font of help in the history of the country and the culture at that time. I quite literally could not have gotten this far in the series without her aid. So it seems the very least I can do to remember her on this day which is uniquely hers. And for such a unique woman, I wanted to stage a suitably unique celebration.

Now if the movies of Bollywood are to be believed, you can't have a birthday in India and just have a few friends over for cake and coffee. Oh no! There must be singing and dancing and all manner of hungama! But I wanted to find something a little different. So after considering the choices in my not inconsiderable collection of Bollywood DVD's I narrowed the choices down to the birthday scene from Dil Chaata Hai (a delightful scene) and this little number. Just in case you're wondering, no this song isn't about birthdays. But it does feature the beautiful Namrata Shirodkar in the role of Mona from the film Praan Jaye par Shaan na Jaye (which, if I'm translating it right means roughly "your life will pass but not your pride". Help me Mona ji!) Like our Mona, the one in the clip is just the right combination of beauty and attitude -- or maybe it would be better to call it "sass" -- just enough for spice. (And if you haven't seen the movie, you really should. It's a hysterical and unapologetic spoof of every Bollywood cliche known to cinematic history.)

So just for pure entertainment value (and let's face it, eye candy!) I give you Mujhe isse pyaar hua ("I've fallen in love with her"... more or less.)





जनमढीन की बधाई मोना जी
and many, many more!

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12 comments:

Mona said...

O Dear...James!

I'm so touched...I feel teary & speechless!

cannot say anything but Thank You right now...will come back to thank you properly later!

(((HUGS)))

SaoirseDaily2 said...

Thanks for visiting and the kind words. At one time we had over 6 feet of snow. It is melting now and the streets are dry with the occasional glacier. It's been a crazy way to begin winter.

Your blog is very cool. I'm going to follow along and see where you go this year.

Have a restful Sunday.

kenju said...

I think I like Bollywood....lots of fun.

ciara said...

happy birthday dear mona! that mojo has a way with words himself doesn't he :)

i <3 bollywood movies hehe

Mona said...

Came back to see the song! LOL! That is so hilarious!

Thank you once again Mojo! For the zesty song that has me humming now :)

And for taking so much effort and time for putting this wonderful post together , just for me!

I am humbled, touched & delighted!

Bless you!

Shadow said...

thanks, birthday wishes will be made...

SandyCarlson said...

Fun video! I enjoyed the music. Happy birthday, Mona!

lime said...

well, happy birthday to our dear mona!

aliceaudrey said...

I have got to see the video. I'm not a total Indophile, but this clip is wonderful!

Mona said...

Thank you Everybody For your wonderful wishes!

G-Man said...

Mojo....
When you were in the womb, your mother must have been trapped in a room that played Ravi Shankar over and over and over and over.....

S said...

LMAO @ Gmans comment.

I think the same thing mustve happened to me!

Happy Birthday Monaji I am so sorry to be late.