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December 4, 2009

Yahoooo!!! – another Baab tale

Filed under: Cinema,Family,Humour,Music — Porcupyn @ 12:25 am

[as related by Mrs. Porcupyn]

As part of normal co-curricular activities in Baab’s school, an intra-house quiz competition was underway. Participants were from Class IV through Class VII, and the audio-visual round was on. An actor’s photo was displayed on the screen – participants had to identify him. No one from Team 1 could figure out who the actor was. All the other teams passed as well. The question now goes to the audience. Baab has his hand raised high… and, when asked, answers the question correctly!!

No prizes to my readers if they guess the actor without audio or visual clues! Suffice it to say that to a kid who I rocked on my lap to songs such as ‘सुन लो सुनाता हूँ तुमको कहानी‘,  ‘चक्के में चक्का‘ and ‘अकेले अकेले कहाँ जा रहे हो‘ (audio and/or video) when he was a toddler, it was child’s play 🙂

Baab’s grandfather was heard commenting that Team 1 would have easily answered the question had it been Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan. My response was that Baab would need to spend a few days at his uncle’s place to get to know those gentlemen (on the tube, not in real life).

A related thought: When I was in school (and probably even today), old songs were dubbed a ‘दादाजी के ज़माने का गाना’ (grandfather’s song). In this particular instance though, that term is pretty accurate given that I learned – and learned to appreciate – these very songs by listening to my father hum/sing them when I was a kid!

* – to those born in the 21st century … or later(!!) (if you are reading this post), the answer to the quizmaster’s question is/was Shammi Kapoor!



  1. Aai Aai Ya Karoo Mein Kya Sukoo Sukoo….’nuff said 🙂

    Comment by December Stud — December 4, 2009 @ 1:12 am | Reply

  2. I’ve to admire Baab’s knowledge of Hindi film music of 60s! My 13 year old son won’t recognise Shammi Kapoor even now. Also agree on parent’s music preference shaping their children–going by own case, I enjoy listening to Talat Mahmood, Geeta Dutt or Kishore Kumar who’ve been my father’s favourites but I don’t see this interesting transmitting to my son, even though this music is often played at home. To him, all Hindi songs of that time sound the same. But interestingly, he’s begun to appreciate some of the old western music played at home!

    Comment by Jyoti — December 4, 2009 @ 3:50 am | Reply

  3. D.S.:

    Now you say it. Ever since I learned that studs – and not just dames – could also be “Suku”s, that song has rapidly descended in my favourite songs list (not that it was very high up there in the first place!).


    Yes, the ambience also influences song choices. And the fact that Baab loves those old songs is actually more reflective of our social life (or lack thereof) here. 🙂 Most likely, you had friends who were also into the same kind of songs as your father.

    And yes again, to the point of old songs all sounding the same to the new generation – despite my effort, I am yet to develop that taste for the Pankaj Mullicks and the KL Sehgals. Of course, when I share this (lack of taste) among the elites of RMIM, I get pilloried!! 😉

    Comment by porcupyn — December 4, 2009 @ 9:42 am | Reply

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