Something’s lost or misplaced. You’ve got to find it.

If you’re 85, like my mother, it’s usually no more than lost specs, keys, purses or phones. If you’re Google, it’s searching for almost anything.

Searching is painful, even agonizing. But a successful search is most satisfying, almost exhilarating.

Hindi films depict practically every search. It could be a poor and distraught Nargis, in Mother India (1957), searching every town and door [1] for her weak and feeble husband who’s given up and run away. Or it could be a blushing Vyjayantimala searching for her lost earring [2] after some passionate love-making with Dilip Kumar in Gunga Jumna (1961). It could be something more trivial like lovers Jaya Bhaduri and Randhir Kapoor playing hide and seek [3] in Jawani Diwani (1972), or like Zeenat Aman being not sure if she wants Dev Anand or the diamond [4] in Heera Panna (1973).

mausamBut the quest in today’s top pick is for leisure, the quest is to reminisce with nostalgia. The song is from Gulzar’s Mausam (1975), sung on screen by Sharmila Tagore (Lata) and Sanjeev Kumar (Bhupinder), the music is by Madan Mohan, and the words are Gulzar’s; although the best lines came from the peerless Mirza Ghalib, and then Gulzar extended them with fair success. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8s4Mb1sgN0

Dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
[The heart longs for those blissful leisurely times]

Jaadon ki narm dhoop, aur aangan mein let kar
aankhon pe kheench kar tere daaman ke saaye ko
aundhe pade rahen kabhi karwat liye huye
[Lying down in the open under the mild winter sun
hiding behind your scarf to keep off the sunny glare
curling and rolling together as we laze around]

Ya garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chale
Thandi shafed chaadaron pe jaagen der tak
Taaron ko dekhte rahen chhat par pade huye
[Or lying down on balmy summer nights
staying awake on cool white sheets long into the night
gazing endlessly at the stars]

[1] Nargis + Lata Mangeshkar + Naushad-Shakeel Badayuni. Mother India (1957)

[2] Vyjayantimala-Dilip Kumar + Lata Mangeshkar + Naushad-Shakeel Badayuni. Gunga Jumna (1961)

[3] Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bhaduri + Kishore Kumar-Asha Bhosle + RDB-Anand Bakshi. Jawani Diwani (1972)

[4] Dev Anand-Zeenat Aman + Kishore Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar + RDB-Anand Bakshi. Heera Panna (1973)

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