The specialty in Ameenji’s narration is that he has the skill to use the apt anecdote for a song. It makes the program more interesting. The listener starts feeling as if this is his own song and it has some connection with his own life. Being a person of artistic/poetic mind, I always love such kind of emotional involvement.
It’s my hobby, especially on Sundays, to go to the nearby railway station and spend a few hours watching trains. There, unbeknown I get involved to the world of trains and tracks. I see two trains coming from one direction. They enjoy a parallel or tandem journey for a few miles. But their togetherness is ephemeral. At a junction point, when I see two trains diverging in different directions and finally disappearing in the dusk, I feel as if they are singing
Juda Meri Manzil, Juda Teri Rahen
Milengi Na Ab Teri Meri Nigahen
Mujhe Teri Duniya Se Hai Door Jana
Na Jee Ko Jalana, Mujhe Bhool Jana ….
This song always moves me to tears. I wonder about the metaphorical connection between trains and human existence. The parting of two gifted and lovely souls is real agony. Nothing is more sorrowful when a very close friend of yours suddenly alienates you for petty reasons. Many times it is only the result of a sheer misunderstanding. This can lead to a situation suggesting everything is finished.
But…if there is a will, there is a way. Every train going away from its home station has to come back one day or another. It is only a temporary phase of life. If your friendship is sincere, if your trust is firm then why to worry, na? It is just like a train lost in foggy weather when all signals are turned on red. You can neither move forward nor backward. You feel as if life has come to a standstill. At such times you have no option but to just wait and watch. But a time will come when the fog of misunderstanding will disappear, as destiny will give its green signal and your train will happily proceed on its way.
(PS: This song is from the film Madhosh (1951). That is the pre Binaca Geetmala era. But later on, Ameenji included this one in his album ‘Binaca Geetmala Hit Parade’)
This preface was written for Ameen Sayani\s birthday on 21st December 2017
Swapneel Sathe is a Chartered Accountant who lives in Pune, with his wife and two children. He is an ace photographer, loves music and he loves trains. As he jokingly says, “My fascination with trains was so much, I wanted to become a Ticket Collector. Anyway I did become a TC later” When asked how so? Isn’t he an accountant? He says, “Tax Consultant” 🙂