Nothing compares to music when it comes to evoking a myriad of emotions and memories. A single strum of a guitar can take you back to college, the passionate wail of a saxophone can remind you of date nights and moments spent courting your wife, and a roll on the drums can evoke the age-old rebelliousness that was your companion when you were a teen. Music can make you terribly nostalgic or incredibly chipper and is, therefore, a gateway to many epiphanies. Here are 4 soulful retro Hindi numbers that evoke happy thoughts of how wonderfully lucky we are indeed to just be born!
4 Soulful Retro Hindi numbers that make you realize how BEAUTIFUL Life is!
1. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh
One of the most recognizable Hindi tunes, Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh, sung by the remarkable Lata Mangeshkar, came out in 1960 as a part of the film Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai. The song speaks of the strangeness of life’s journey, even touching upon how fleeting it is. It talks about the unpredictability of one’s life, and how not all dreams and destinations are those that we had originally planned. The song evokes a sense of wonder at our own lives as we mentally chart out where we began and where we are currently, and can make us truly think as we realize how unchartered the future is. Yet the unpredictability adds an element of excitement that makes life truly unique beautiful!
2. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan
Mohammed Rafi’s iconic song, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan, holds relevance to almost everyone living in a city. The song came out in 1956 in the movie C.I.D and speaks of the perils of big city life. The lyrics continually bring to focus all the luxuries of living in a gigantic, sprawling city while also talking about the alienation of the individual.
There are 2 reasons why this song is likely to make you ponder over how beautiful life is! The first is that you are likely to compare your own city-related perils and alienations you may have felt as a younger man with the lyrics of the song and laugh out loud at how you’ve managed to survive and thrive. The second is that you will also realize that you are not alone anymore and love your family even more for it. It can be difficult to live in a big city when you have no one. As a married man in his 30s, you rely on your family for their love and support as much as they rely on you. This song will just remind you of it, even though you already know.
3. Aanewala Pal Jaane
Aanewala Pal Jaane is a song by Kishore Kumar that cautions the listener about the fleeting nature of each moment. It is a song that encourages us to see the value of each minute spent being alive and enjoying our lives. When confronted by the fragility of life and the time we have with our loved ones, we’re often encouraged to see the world through a fresh lens (if only until it collects all the grime again) and reminded just how beautiful our life really is.
4. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Zingadi Ek Safar Hai Suhana is another Kishore Kumar classic from the film Andaaz. It literally translates to “life is a beautiful journey, you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow”. Now, based on the way we live our lives and plan for our future, tomorrow can bring utmost joy or sorrow. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the present moment’s beauty should be cherished.
Music certainly has the power to alter the way you think and even encourage you to make certain decisions. It allows you to reflect on the past, present, and the future, letting you sail through your own journey and look forward to the moments still to come.