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A generation apart

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One advantage / disadvantage of having young friends is that half the time you are acting like a teacher to them. Sample this excerpt from a recent chat session:
She: …So, how do you listen to your music, on MP3 player or CD player?
Me: On my comp speakers.
She: So what are you listening to now?
Me: Geeta Dutt’s Waqt ne kiya kya haseen situm… have you heard it?
She: No, I don’t think so.
Me: One of the most poignant songs ever written and sung… It was written by Kaifi Azmi, Shabana’s father… a brilliant poet!
She: Oh really, her father was a poet??? Even she is a very talented female…
Me: I liked Shabana in Arth…u seen it?
She: The Shyam Benegal movie?
Me: No, Mahesh Bhatt… one of his earlier ones and probably his best… She plays a woman who discovers her director husband (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is having an affair with an actress (Smita Patil)… She was superb in it… I also liked her in Benegal’s Ankur…
She: Hmmm… I saw Ankur back when I was a kid… All Benegal movies seem so slow…
Me: 🙂 But they are so full of the meaning of life! Kahin door jab din dhal jaye…
She: Hey what was that in bold???
Me: LOL! Oh, that is the song I am hearing now… From Anand… You seen the movie?
She: Nahin baba!!!
Me: Very beautiful movie… Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan…
She: Oh!!!
Me: Rajesh is always smiling and making others happy even though he knows he is dying of cancer… Amitabh is a doctor who becomes his friend.
She: Oh!!!… All Hindi films are the same… something like Kal Ho Na Ho, naa?

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Written by Raju Bist

August 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

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