The Secret of Himesh Reshammiya's Power

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One of the things I have struggled to understand is the reason for the viral appeal of this man—-Himesh Reshammiya. You cannot surf channels without a glimpse of his visage: the faux-stud look, the beard, the baseball cap and the cockiness. If ubiquity is the measure of success, then this man has reached the top—from pan shops to discos Himesh Reshammiya’s music and his uber-nasal twang blares at you ceaselessly, like the agonizing moans of a freshly castrated donkey. (not that I have ever heard one–just an intelligent guess as to how it would sound like)

So what is it–what is the reason? Is it that nasal accent? Well if that was the case, then Kumar Sanu would be the reigning king today—-but all he got was the very healthy Kunika and a hysterical wife who comes on the telly and says “Sanu… bhogoban sob dekhta hain” in the worst Bongo Hindee.

Is it his sweet deal with T-series by which he is being aggressively promoted, much to the chagrin of people like Anu Malik? But wait—the last time T-series got behind a bearded, smart-alec music-director with pretensions of being a singer (think back to Nadeem in a pilot uniform violating “O Mere Dil Ke Chain”) it ended with a dead body and a fugitive. But not so now.

Is it his mixture of qawwali and modern beats? But even Altaf Raja tried doing it with “Kar Lo Pyar” , “Thora Intezar Ka Maza Lijiye” and the very groovy “Yeh Raat Hain Rangeen Sharabi” —-and what happened to him? Possibly doing live entertainment at Mithun-da’s monarch hotel along with Vikas Bhalla and Anaida.

Well finally, the real reason is out.

Ghosts.

Himmesh Reshammiya’s hit number Jhalak dikhla ja, ek baar aaja, aaja… may set feet tapping at discotheques, but in Anand district’s Bhalej village, it seems to have set alarm bells ringing.

Why? Residents claim that the lyrics are an invite to “ghosts” who then possess residents. The person possessed – some put this number at five, others at 20 – run a high temperature and behave in a strange manner

“Since the last 15 days, we’ve noticed this problem. There have been about 20 such cases since then,” says Malek. Mushtaq Thakore says there have been around five such cases, including that of a newly wedded girl Sartajbanu.

“The lyrics are such that they draw the attention of the ghosts, after which the person starts screaming and also runs a high temperature. The only way out is to seek divine help. Muslims go to maulvis, Hindus to their godmen,” Mushtaq says.

Exactly. Firstly the lyrics: “Jhalak dikhla ja” is an open invitation for denizens of the netherworld to come and show their stuff. But similar songs have been there before—how come they never tickled the fancy of the bhoots/chudails? Simple. They never heard it. Only Reshammaya’s voice can reach the frequency range at which ghosts can pick up sound—–as we all know ghosts talk in high-pitched shrill voices themselves.

Those who have seen Satyajit Ray’s “Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen” know that pleasing the king of the ghosts makes any musician invincible. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, “Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen” is a story of a talentless singer (Goopi) who gets thrown out of the kingdom for his horrid voice. Joined by an equally talentless hack, Bagha (a drum player) they play their music in the deep jungles.

What is cacophony to the living world is high art for ghosts. So impressed do the ghosts become with their music that their king grants them three wishes: one of which is that their music will be irresistible (people wont be able to move it will be so good).

It is fairly evident that Himesh Reshammiya has also been granted a similar wish by the “dead people”—the only twist is that people have to start moving and dancing the moment he opens his mouth or composes a song—no matter how horrible it is.

[Some rationalists opine that the people who run a high temperature and start screaming are actually musically highly sensitive people whose musical immune system is reacting to the presence of a malignant presence—but of course that’s baloney]

So it is not that people all over India actually like his songs—it’s just that the supernatural compels them to.

My faith in vox populi is consequently restored.

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396 thoughts on “The Secret of Himesh Reshammiya's Power

  1. Trust Himeshji and his adenoidal voice and his oooonnn aaaaannnnn (how pathetic in bed) and his knack of repeating everything, from phrases to words to syllables to monosyllables. That’s how people sing when they undergo laryngotomy.

  2. And here was I who thought “Jhalak Dhikla Jaa” was the perfect successor to the yestyear’s constipation hit “Aati Nahi”. I am wrong, the powers of “Jhalak Dhikla Jaa” go far beyond :).

    BTW, he is at his nasal best (or worst?) in the opening croon of “Tera Tera Teraa Surroooooooor” – the first time I heard it in my car, I thought my CD player stuck.

    Anyways… “Altaf Raja tried doing it with “Kar Lo Pyar” , “Thora Intezar Ka Maza Lijiye” and the very groovy “Yeh Raat Hain Rangeen Sharabi” —-and what happened to him?” — Did you know he just released a new album sometime back. I wonder who hears him…

    Suyog

  3. Nothing mentioned in ur post of his song-bank of some 1000 unused songs.
    Prepare for the worst.
    That anology with donkey is so true and so funny.

  4. Lol! That’s a very interesting story on the donkey with the nasal-twang! The supernatural touch is hilarious. Nice write-up. (I got this link from Harjee’s site)

  5. I’m losing my comment virginity here, even if it is only to say I don’t think The Nose is all bad. I was listening to “Vaada Tainu” for ages, and found that trying to sing along was just the cure for my constipation. The rest is crap.

  6. i donno wht inspires ghost or not….its the taste of each n every person whether he likes himesh or not…

    well to talk bout me…sometimes i do like some of his songs mostly i do not…but that does not mean,,,u just drill a person for his happenings…

    grow up ppl!!! its his personal style n life…

    if u r not a fan of him why dont u chng ur channel…

    think bout it.!!

    bye
    nikhil bhatia

  7. Arnab, I agree about Himesh’s excruciatingly consistent ability to irritate, but I will take issue with your portrayal of Kumar Sanu. Sanu is a much maligned singer, but he has sung some truly wonderful songs, be it in Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Ayi, Aashiqui, Naraaz, Dil Hai Ki…, 1942 – A Love Story. The list is way, way longer than the examples I have mentioned.

    I posit that it is just not the nasality of the song that is irritating about Himesh. If that were so, Saigal would never have been popular, neither would have been Noorjehan or Shamshad Begum, or Mukesh.

    The problem is in the droning monotony of his compositions, and the almost total lack of any subtlety or emotion in his voice. Just listening to his songs, you will get no inkling as to whether the song is happy, or sad, or romantic. The music is the same, the voice is the same, the pitch is uniformly high…you just want to say “Enough! Now please just shut up already.” Even Mika Singh has more inflection in his voice.

    Personally, he has caused me to get some exercise in the mornings on my drive to work. Whenever a Himesh song comes on the FM channel, I switch to another, till the same thing happens there. A lot of time is thus spent in switching between the 5 FM channels available in Mumbai. That’s at least something to while waiting in the interminable traffic in Andheri…

  8. “….from pan shops to discos Himesh Reshamayya’s music and his uber-nasal twang blares at you ceaselessly, like the agonizing moans of a freshly castrated donkey.”

    ROFL…Kee jey bolchen!

    Very amusing…BTW, I cant stand him these days as well.

  9. Of course, it would need divine intervention and celestial power to make us listen to him over and over again. Thankfully, I have been largely spared that torture.

  10. my son is also big fan of him. he start dancing as soon as he hears Reshmia’s voice. by the way my son is just one and half year old.

  11. Atlast!! Atlast!!

    After so many pointers GB has blogged about Himesh Bhaiya. I was dying for some hilarious piece like this –>
    “Himesh Reshamayya’s music and his uber-nasal twang blares at you ceaselessly, like the agonizing moans of a freshly castrated donkey”

    GB sometime back I blogged about how you can use his songs for good bowl movement in the morning. If anybody suffers from constipation then just listen to his songs first thing in the morning(or whenever you are desperate).

    Before –> Jhalak dikhla ja Jhalak dikhla ja
    During –> Samjhona kuch to Samjhona
    After –> Jhoom jhoom jara jhoom jhoom

  12. They say “One’s music is another’s migraine” and I agree.

    Once Bollywood had its celebrated “Nasal Lineage” – remember K.L. Sahagal, Mukesh and a few others. Masses loved their style and voices – being nasal is not an issue here, talent is and Himesh doesn’t measure up! The donkey analogy made me chuckle! 🙂

  13. future events…..
    1) He is soon gonna be acting in a movie. (the guy who asked him to keep a beard and wear a cap is directing AAAAAAA)
    2) A solo album with lyrics, music video the whole shabang done my resham uncle!
    3) “HAT KE” song (like Anu Malik’s it’s raining!)
    4) Realization by people he CANNOT sing….
    5) MORE ALBUMS!!!

    HOW DO WE STOP THIS GUY???

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  15. …Himesh Reshamayya’s music and his uber-nasal twang blares at you ceaselessly, like the agonizing moans of a freshly castrated donkey. (not that I have ever heard one–just an intelligent guess as to how it would sound like)…

    ROFLMAO!!

    Yeah, this guy’s indeed become a huge success ever since he turned to using his “nasal-twang” in the movie industry. Check out the slew of the movies that’s been released in the recent past and the ones coming out. [This information from my roomie, who’s a big movie buff and a Reshamiya fan].

    But, still his sucess has caught quite a catch. :-D! And another thing if you have noticed is that he has the _same_ lady to sing with him as the female lead voice in all his songs.

    But, anyway.. Jhalak Dikhlaja… will be surooring in all the shops, and places [un]fortunately for him!!

  16. You’ve all got it wrong, the man has real talent. He doesn’t sing, neither are his nasal passages blocked. Infact the sound doesn’t come from that end at all, it comes from that constipated butthole of his !! Try and hear him do an aalap… sounds just like a big lala letting rip after a particulalrly masaledaar meal.

    So all hail the new king of sound… sounds of the netherworld if I may add

  17. You know whats his excuse for that intolerable nasal fart?
    He says : “When Nusrath Fateh Ali Khan sang in high pitch, they all said he was a great singer. But for me, they say I sing from the nose. What can I say?”

    Well, what can anyone say????

  18. Hi GB,

    I’ve been religiously going through all your posts … in reverse, that is.

    A lot of them tempted me to post a comment … but HR gets my goat. He’s the proverbial straw that broke this camel’s admittedly hefty back. 🙂

    Ali up there has the right information. The insufferable man actually said that thing on a radio station in some insufferable interview.

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, though seemingly nasal-sounding, had a great tonal quality (God bless him) and his voice was crystal-clear.

    There’s no comparison at all!

  19. Gawd – never thought I’d see the names of Satyajit Ray and Himesh Reshammiya in the same post! But great angle. One major difference – Goopy & Bagha actually became musically gifted with the boon.

    Although I haven’t been swept away by this HR phenomenon (haven’t been to India in a while and no Indian channels at home in the US), I did catch a brief gilmpse on ZeeUSA at a friend’s house recently. I can extrapolate and feel the pain !

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  21. hi Arnab,
    I have been an avid reader of ur blog ever since I tracked it from Rashmi Bansal’s blog a few months back. Suffice to say, i’m completely hooked; have referred quite a few pals as well…
    ur post on himesh is hillarious; but 1 has to admit the guy is seriosuly a good music composer and his tracks (including those he’s sung himself) are immensely catchy and fun. They r very different from a whole lot of junk
    Keep rocking
    Vin

  22. Himesh actually went on record to say that he is not the first to pioneer nasal singing. Blamed in on Nusrat Fathe Ali Khan!

  23. that’s the reason!!!
    somedays ago i told one of my friend that himesh must have some ghosty connection..because we all grew up reading stories of ghosts who always talks with a nasal accent. and the amount of nasality in himesh’s voice is too much to be of human origin!! no wonder, the ghosts favour him..it must make them nostalgic…about some famous ghost singer may be..

    and by the way, arnab…though i like ur posts highly..i’m hurt. ur being prejudiced and insensitive….

    u always talk about mithunda( the bengali icon…aa, i still remeber how the whole teenage population of our locality bunked school the day “Disco Dancer ” aired on tv for the 1st time..)..well, i don’t have any problems with mithunda. he is our pride.

    now u r talking about himesh..well, he deserves it.
    but man, charity begins at home.. give a look to kolkata and our own tollywood.

    if u haven’t figured out it yet,let me tell you.
    i’m talking about the sensational Jeet..
    the rocking sindhi hero of bengali moves nowadays..he make the bengali film industry to gain new height..
    and even if u overlook his popularity and the fact of being famous by acting in a language not of his own…. u should write about his miraculous powers..

    that day while channel surfing i found a channel airing one of jeet’s song…
    He was playing the piano so well and wonderfully that the music coming out had music from all the musical instruments except piano..see his capability. and not only that he was singing a wonderful touchy song about how he lost his mother at his birth and he never found motherly love…aal the while koel mallik(ahaaaa!!!the new sensational heroine of tollywood) studded in 2-3 kgs of jewellaries and a red sari was standing on the staircase enchanted…
    and the capbility of jeet doesn’t end here.. on one hand he made koel a statue and on the other hand mousumi chatterjee, who seems to be paralysed for a long time in the movie, starts walking after listening to his mervalous song..

    and people say miracles don’t happen anymore…
    i don’t know the name of the movie..but don’t u think that afte rall this the man deserves some praise????
    the rest is upto u…

  24. Himesh is a great music director. I personally dont like his nasal tone but he is not the only one to do it, KL Saigal, Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Noorjahan, Shamshad Begum, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurty, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Udit, Sukhwinder and many more. Not to forget the terrible (Hindi) pronunciation by Udit, Shaan, Supriyo and Sanu. They cant differentiate between ‘sha’ and ‘sa’, ‘ff’ and ‘Ph’, ‘Z’ and ‘J’ etc. Once you notice that, it is very hard to enjoy the song.

  25. You’re a lucky man that you live in teh States and those infernal things called Autos aren’t there. Not only can Himesh drive you mad – but on those tinny speakers which can only emit treble in autos, he’ll make you go deaf!

  26. Ali – Please dont tell me that Nusrat had a great voice. His voice was terrible so was his command over raga. He was a great musician and composer. If all qawwals start singing like him, the art of Qawwali will die. We, in the subcontinent, have the habit of worshipping talents that get recognized by the West. Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Nusrat, Pt. RaviShankar, Zakir etc suddenly became great after they were recognized by the west. I am not saying they were not great but just that after West’s recognition they are kind of placed into a different league, which is not necessarily true in some cases. Such as IMHO talents of people like Satyajit Ray and NFAK are highly over-rated. I would take a Hrishikesh Mukherji, Guru Dutt, RajKapoor, Bimal Roy over Mr. Ray any day.

  27. K – I grew up listening to songs like ‘ChaDh Gaya Upar Re’, ‘Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bole’,’Sarkai Lo Khatiya’ and many more for close to 24 hours a day. Not to forget the 80s era of Jitendar SriDevi’s gems like ‘Jhopri me charpai’, ‘Ek Ankh Maroo to’, ‘Nagina Songs’ and soulful voices of Shabbir Kumar, Mohammad Aziz etc.

    You cant really complain, you are much better off.

  28. Oh that was hilarious… oh how could you build a connection between Goopy-Bagha and Himesh! When Satyajit Ray needed a nasal voice for the king of ghosts, he had to record his own voice and play the tape at a faster speed. It would have been much easier if HR was around then.
    And I think that cap is the secret of his success, like Goopy-Bagha’s shoes. He holds it so dear that it seems if he takes off that cap, he won’t be able to sing anymore (whether he’s able to sing with the cap on is, of course, a matter of opinion).

  29. Have heard very few of his songs, so can’t really comment on how much he deserves his fame/ubiquity. But I must say that I find his name very appealing. I became aware of the existence of Himesh Reshammiya only very recently (dunno how long he’s been around).. and as soon as I heard his name (before I even knew any of his songs), I felt this guy must be good at music 🙂 that’s a possible reason you overlooked Arnab 😉 .. I guess it could be a well chosen pseudonym though (like Marilyn Monroe)..

  30. ROFL!!!!
    It seems like Mr HR has an agreement with Mr “Kiss me”. Although haven’t been following Hindi movies for a long time (Should I say thank God?), your blog has kept me updated. .. I think HR should change his name to Himesh Resh “Chammiya”. What do ya say?

    @Sanjay: I think NAFK is one of the best singers from Sub-continent and as far as “over hype” is concerned, I think you got it the other way around. You should have compared Raj Kapoor with Hugh Hefner. Please dont compare Mr Ray with Mr Raj “charlie” kapoor.

  31. Yourpankha – So, You dont follow hindi movies much. Yet that didn’t stop you from passing your (Ignorant) judgement. 😉 It is Mr. Salman Khan and (not Mr. Kissme) who has an agreement with Reshamiya to give music in all his movies.

    On Mr. Ray – I admit that I have not watched much of Satyajit Ray, probably because of my limited understanding of the Bangla, but I did watch his ‘Shatranj Ke KhilaRi’ and my opinion is mainly based on that one movie. Also I must admire your objective comparison of RajKapoor and One Mr. Hefner. I suggest you to watch Awaara, Sri 420, Barsaat, Tesri Kasam etc. I am sure with your penchant for objectivity in your assertions you will find them awefully close to ZERO movies directed by Mr. Hefner.

    I wonder why you didn’t say anything about the other names I mentioned (Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Hrishikesh Mukherji).;)

    NFAK – I respectfully disagree. Its’ like saying that RD/SD Burmans were great singers. Sorry they were great composers but average singers and my opinion of NFAK was same, great composer average singer and had a below average voice. Nusrat became popular because of his innovations in Qawwali such as bringing Rhythem, Orchestra, fusion of western instruments etc into his music and above all his beautiful compositions.

    Best singers from subcontinent would be Mehndi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Kishore Kumar, Md. Rafi, Bade ghulam ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, KL Saigal, Farida Khanum, Iqbal Bano, Jagjit Singh and many more…Nusrat will be way below in that list.

  32. Its utterly crazy, I’ll never figure how the guy is so damn popular. The songs are different, but now his voice grates to the point where I tear my speakers out and throw them across the room. Damn, there go the 4th pair today…

    As far as his songs go, enough to wake the living dead ? Highly possible. If not making you feel like you should die. Just his damn voice, there are so many singers; use them !

    Damn.. there go the 5th..

  33. @Sanjay:
    On NFAK you may have a point, in terms of his recorded and popular music. However, I had occassion to watch him live once in ’92, when he got into the mood, and abandoned qawwali for classical. I must say he was simply stunning. But I do agree, what Peter Gabriel and then what he himself later dished out commercially were not a patch on what he could do, so if one judges him on that basis, you are completely correct.
    On Ray, however, I must beg to completely differ from you. He was a complete filmmaker in just every sense: technically, conceptually and artistically. Shatranj is one of his lesser films, and judging him through that one or through Agantuk is not entirely doing his body of work justice. To see what Ray did conceptually and artistically, check out the Apu Trilogy. To see his pure artistic control see Jalsaghar and Charulata. To see the mind boggling range see his children’s films — a good start would be Sonar Kella, and compare it with the visionary Seemabaddha. You’ll be hooked for ever. The man was Antonioni, Truffaut, Godard and Renoir rolled into one. An auteur, no less, and probably India’s only one. And Bengali is no bar– you’ll get them with subtitles anywhere in the world.
    If you bring in commercial cinema, yes, Guru Dutt was awesome, but I just don’t think he gave himself the years on this planet to become a Ray. To do a Ray you need to go across the cinematic medium. Guru Dutt had the range, and the skills and of course progidious talent. But he did’t develop his body of work quite enough. Died too soon. Right up there also were K Asif, Kamal Amrohi and V Shantaram. At the semicommercial level, one must not forget Adoor Gopalakrishnan, BV Karanth, Shyam Benegal. All masters. Forgive me for excluding any names, that’s inadvertent. IMHO Raj Kapoor is a 1950s Vijay Anand. Very, very competent, but no master. Hrishikesh Mukherjee was a Bimal Roy school man, so his polished execution was to be expected, as were a number of folks like Basu Bhattacharya or Basu Chatterji. What an era!!! Even the commercial Raj Khoslas were class toppers in their own right. Hats off to them all, and thank you for bringing them into the discussion.

  34. On the topic of this post, I must confess that I am converting away from all I believed in for all these years, I am changing, I have been possessed by a ghostly talent and I declare: “Sorey Himesshai, I was wery wrong but now I am fane, your woice is too swit, your cape is fentestic, your look is febulous, don’t beliwe these fellows, they done wanna know nothing about your telent, but I and the whole Jersey is knowing, and paying. After the Indian Chinese and the Anu Malik you are fentestic and the original thing to heppan to the culture. Come on Himessbhai Babe, you roke!”

  35. @Arin: Blowjob—that was a good one.

    @Sunshine: Again not something I would know.

    @Suyog: No I didnt. But who buys his albums? There was a time where he was quite the rage.

    @Ritzy: I think most music directors have a 1000-song database….or so they claim.

    @Freaky_Chakra: Okay….

    @Aakriti: 🙂

    @The Graduate: Constipation and virginity in the same comment—a first.

    @Nikhil: But I need to channelsurf…thats why.

    @Shan: I agree with you. Sanu’s nasality was a late addition—he did some lovely songs once upon a time.

    @Rajpal::-)

    @Patrix: Well he does have a few good songs….its just that hes a bit (more than a bit) repetitive.

    @Nilesh: Time for some parental control :-)…….

    @An Ideal Boy: “The Graduate” who has commented above is already a convert.

    @Bohemian Wanderlust: nez= nasal noise?

    @eSwami: His nasality is a bit different from Mukesh’s—I am sure we will all agree.

    @Gourav: Why stop him? If such people be stopped this blog will also run out of topics.

    @Guru Panguji: You mean how Alisha used to sing with Anu Malik in the early 90s before the “incident”..?

    @Alapan: 🙂

    @Green: That might also kill him and we will have to endure Himesh Reshammiya “de”composing from then on.

    @Nomad: Holy….I shall desist even thinking about this.

    @Ali: Hah.

    @Asha: I was not personally a great fan of NFAK but of course I would never never compare with him with this guy…

    @BongoPondit: Well people perceived them as “great” after Bhooter Raja’s bor—-this may be exactly whats happening to this guy: some kind of mass hypnosis.

    @Vinay: He does some good tracks…no denying that.

    @Sangs: So I have been told.

    @Teleute::-)

    @Dwaipayan: I dont get to see Jeet and Koel mallick movies here. Why dont you or any kind soul upload a few VCDs on youtube/Google video (esp MLA Fatakeshto) and I shall do a review…most definitely.

    @Sanjay: GREAT music director? Ahem. I see dead people.

    @K: Auto music…aha. Cal autos didnt have music (in my time) as far as I remember..

    @Sanjay: Yes of course. Raj kapoor was better than Satyajit Ray. Of course. I see more dead people.

    @Joy Forever: The cap—yes that’s one awesome fashion statement.

    @Debashish: Resham- Miya sounds like the gay cousin of Bare Miya and Chote Miya.

    @Srin: Pagla pagla…

    @yourpankha: He is the voice of Emran Hashmi just as Kishore was for Amitabh….and lets not take the analogy any further.

    @Sanjay: Lets agree to disagree here. I really dont want to get into “defending” Satyajit Ray: as far as I am concerned the man is GOD. Arguing about the merits of the other directors visavis Raj kapoor is just way off topic here. And oh kindly do not judge anyone based on ONE movie.

    @SEV: And the 6th

    @Shreemoyee: Demented mind here…..

    @Ranjan: Take the help of Rekha (ref: RGV’s Bhoot) to rid you of the ghostly presence.

  36. Okay Arnab – It is too early to call him a great music director, how about Good ? 😉

    About RajKapoor, If it makes you happy, Okay he is India’s Hugh Hefner. 🙂 Here is a choice, Shri 420/Awaara/Mera Naam Joker or Shatranj Ke KhilaRi ? Btw I will try to find Satyajit Ray’s Bangla movies and watch it, I hope I am wrong.

    Btw, Kishore da was Rajesh Khanna’s voice not Amitabh’s.

  37. Ranjan – The Gujrati accent and Jersey joke makes you sound very racist. I dont understand why people cant stick to his work, they have to make fun of his name, his language and what not. What’s next, a motel joke ?

  38. @Sanjay:

    I really tried to not respond to your comments, but I guess the last one, really broke my resolve.

    Let’s tackle that first. Isn’t it ironical that while you felt totally free to comment pejoratively on Sanu, Udit, and others’ pronunciation, you felt that doing the same to Himesh was being racist? Actually people would not even do that to Himesh is he did not feel the need to come on FM and TV regularly and spew the kind of defensive, self-righteous crap that he does every other day, and yes, in that accent.

    Second, I notice that you mention growing up on the ‘ChaDh Gaya Upar Re’, ‘Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bole’,’Sarkai Lo Khatiya’ type of songs. May I posit that they have influenced you more than you think? And that they might have put you off good music forever? Because you obviously cannot qualitatively evaluate the “normal” voices and the offbeat voices. For you all offbeat voices, whether SD Burman or Nusrat, seem to be crap. For most of us, who at least pretend to have a more objective opinion of singing, we love both of them because while they might sound different, they are excellent singers in their own right. That is the reason both of them never sang playback for actors. Most, if not all of their songs were either what we call “background” songs or private albums e.g. Prem ke Pujari, Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana, O Re Maanjhi, Mast Kalandar, Aafreen etc.

    BTW, I am glad that this tradition of offbeat voices is being carried on by good contemporary singers like Sapna Awasthi, Sukhwinder Singh, and Kailash Kher.

    Third, regarding your opinion of Satyajit Ray based on one film, is like saying that Roger Federer is a bad player because he lost a match to Nadal. Watch a few Ray films and you will realize that Ray was the Renaissance Man of Indian cinema. He even gave the music for many of his films! He was straddling genres in film, writing fiction, giving music, painting, and discovering new typefaces at a time when Raj Kapoor was busy trying to frame the shot that would expose Zeenat’s tits the best.

    You really deserve Himesh, my man, Sanjay. Just keep out of debating stuff you have no idea about.

  39. I liked the theme too, and would have written something about it myself. The line in my mind was “The world is divided into those who like Himesh Reshammiya and those who don’t” because the man does seem to arouse passions, either way.
    All the same, I agree with someone who said his nasal twang is not the only contributing factor to his popularity or repetitiveness, and I also agree that you have been unreasonably harsh on Sanu.
    I absolutely love your blog, but this was the first post I found prejudiced and a little forced.

  40. Oops… this is really spooky! Last night I was laughing over this blog and making fun of HR, even wrote a comment. Today morning while coming to office in an auto I was subjected to half an hour of “Jhalak dikhla ja” and “O hujoooooor” continuously non-stop in a loop. If this is the consequence, I’d rather not laugh about HR again… 😦

    @Sanjay: I felt I needed to say something, though GB has himself given you the best answer. For me too, Satyajit Ray is GOD. And we do worship people who get international recognition because in many cases our national people do not recognise talent, or are under various influences. Otherwise, how do you explain that Satyajit Ray got the Bharat Ratna (announced) after getting the Oscar, and it was presented several years after his death. See his other films. I’m sure you’ll change your opinion. 🙂

  41. ROFL ROFL

    Oh, “Altaf Raja tried doing it with “Kar Lo Pyar” , “Thora Intezar Ka Maza Lijiye” and the very groovy “Yeh Raat Hain Rangeen Sharabi” —-and what happened to him?” – Altaf is back with a new album and one of the vidoes feature Preeti Jhangiani (don’t ask me who!:P) and the words are “tumhe dekh kar hum.. hue hai sharaabi..” – Preeti dances like a possessed woman! 😛

    Oh and Himesh Reshammiya should change his name to Himesh Nakammiya! 😛

    Had great time reading it!

    Nirwa

  42. Himesh Ressamiya..
    Started to know him during the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2005 contest where he was one of the mentors. After a few weeks, he gave a kind of I-am-not-going-to-smile-ever feeling. He was the guy who got “superemotional” when one of his chela s were voted out of the show (“For saregamapa viewers..this chela was Aishwarya”)..After that he continued his urge-to-be-famous and beg-to-be-noticed and I-am-still-not-smiling personality-flick throughout the show.
    His love for this cap was passed on (like a true guru-chela-rista) to his student Vinit. What struck me most was the way he applauded his students when they sang well..He went up to the stage (anyone would expect a smiling cheering “normal”guru) with the non-smiling, pseudo-angry,pseudo passionate look and congratulated his chela!!
    But why???

    Recently, saw him in an interview in B4U movies.He went on and on about his “faith in karma and destiny” , offcourse without a smile…
    My question is:
    Has anyone seen him smile? ever?? I am curious!

  43. Ah HR,

    I avoid the dude.. one experience i shall never get over was hearing the nasal twang going “Jhalak dik la ja” – in an auto in Bangalore, at 1030 in the night, after a tiring trip to mumbai..I nearly juumped outof my skin and the auto.. And he compared himself at another time to Mukesh (similar to MFAK comment)..

    Still getting over the “like the agonizing moans of a freshly castrated donkey”, ROTFL..

    Sanjiv

  44. @ Ranjan – I would rather argue with you than Sanjay :D. Antonioni (in particular) and Godard are completely different from Ray. Truffaut and Renoir, I agree. Ray’s influence was mainly realism and neorealism. Antonioni came into scene (Italian Film Movement) much later and his domain was mainly expressionism and abstract expressionism. I said Godard because of political inclination. Ray apart from Jana Aranya and Ashoni Sonket to some extent, I dont believe has ever made any political comments (which has both pros and cons). However I agree on one thing, all of them are auteurs of highest order.

  45. forget pan shops autos u can hear him even in the himalayas
    and ur analysis seems the only possible explanation for that or why else wud people tolerate HR,he seems to have some really bad hangover of something
    as usual ur opening para is wonderful.
    dead body and a fugitive.LOVELY!

    and now as is ur blog even comments r becoming workplace unsafe
    as for Raj kapoor he ‘was only a creep wallowing in self pity even on screen and using women left right centre..from all angles and even convincing them it was aesthetic!
    @Suyog: u got back fond memories of aati nahin.constipation songs got to have universal appeal
    @ K : totally agree with u

  46. Altaf Raja just made an album featuring “Toxic” Jhangiani….. see that one? It’s “horripilating”! To think I carried a pic of her in my wallet for a whole year ….. now wait a sec b4 pillorying me. It was the “Ek Haath Mein” and “Chui Mui Se Tum” era Preeti Jhangiani, not the scarecrow skank we see today.

    Musicians and King of the Ghosts….. I haven’t seen that one by Ray, but I remember this Jap movie called Kwaidan. There was this segment about he legend of Hoichi the Earless (a famous musician) and a Ghost King. Not a lift off, heavens no! Ordinary mortals lift from Ray, not the other way around. Still, a real twist ending!

  47. @Arnab: I think this spirit needs a way tougher exorcism than what RGV has on offer! The Himess ghost is a powerful, malevolent spirit, one that could cause auto wrecks… A modern day successor to the sirens and banshees who sounded, I strongly suspect, like him, and caused shipwrecks. So I went straight to the source, the Ramsays, who’ve indicated there’s a Tantrik in the kabeela called Shahkaal, comes out only on “Amavasya ki raat” who specializes in this particular kind of atma — an Atma with no Soul, a “Bin Atma ka Atma”. The treatment is scary, involving listening backwards to Anu Malik’s reinterpretation of Stevie Wonder’s lounge ballads. Have to bite the bullet and do it! Aaaa aaa aa……
    @Shan: Thanks. And you are right on the money. BTW, have enjoyed all your posts immensely.
    @OS: You see, since I am under the influence of the Himess ghost I am into jhalaks: Godard jhalaks, Antonioni jhalaks — and I grant that I may mistakenly see jhalaks of expressionism and the political where Ray may be simply doing cinematic nuances in a larger realistic or neorealistic context — Have been criticized on this count earlier, so agreed and stand corrected! Salute!

  48. @Joy, OS: Plenty. Overtly political — Pratidwandi, Jana Aranya, Seemabaddha (sata sata pronam), covertly political as in Brahmo political — Debi, and yes, Joy Baba Felunath, and so on….. The amazing thing about Ray was he respected the smallest child as though a giant. Witness the opening sequence of Sonar Kella. Mature, brilliant, Raptures!

  49. hmm..hello fellow bong 🙂
    is this about the alleged ghostie dat was stirred by our darlin’ himmesh ji ki awaaz?? hmm..poor ghost,,even he(or maybe it was a she) couldnt stand all that painful bakwaas 🙂
    well i do hope himmesh ji doesnt stop singing after this. u knw,,he cud help us all by gettin rid of some more ghosts 😉

    bling bling..

  50. QUESTION – If Himesh Reshammiya was a revolutionary in rural India, what would he be called?

    ANSWER – A Nasalite.

  51. @Joy- Hirak Rajar Deshe is too black and white, though exceptionally well made, (my own perception) to be considered a political comment. who can forget those dialogues ?

    @Ranjan – Jana Aranya I agree. But even in Jana Aranya, Ray clearly stayed away from making any political comment. The indications are too sparse to be justified as a political comment like Truffaut’s Jules et Jim or Godard’s Alphaville or Mrinal Sen’s Akaler Sandhane. But there also lies the beauty of the movie, I guess. However, I do not remember Pratidwandi (watched it long time back in my childhood days, I cant recollect much). Devi as you have already said is more a social comment.

  52. Wow !! Once I had the misfortune of hanging out around the Mumbai Socialite circle, this place kinda reminds me of that. 😉 Little bit of criticism and everyone jumps out of their skins to show off their true self. 🙂

    Shaan, you have no idea about the kind of music I listen to, so please keep your judgements about me to yourself. Also I didn’t make fun of Sanu/Udit/Shaan etc but just said that their prononciation is not correct which is a relevant criticism and compare that to Ranjan’s criticism of Himesh’s Gujrati Background, Jersey reference (because Gujjus live there) and repeated instances of Himesh’s name being changed to ‘Chhamiya’ or ‘Resham’ etc etc. I hope you notice the difference, I dont expect you notice though.Also thanks for telling about the off beat voices – Now please go and find some songs of Nayyara Noor, Farida Khanum, Abida Parveen, Iqbal Bano, Munni Begum, Sabri brothers, (all from Pakistan), Munna and Nathuni Singh , Sharda Sinha (Folk singers from Bihar). Also try to find CDs of the likes of Girija devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aarti Ankalikar (From Sardari Begum) – all Hindustani singers. If you still have not had enough, please find a CD of BGAK and/or tapes of Mirza Ghalib by Jagjit Singh.

    Oh and thank you for telling me about Afreen, perhaps that is the only thing you have heard from NFAK. Try listening to Allah Ho, Ankhiyan udich diyaN, Ali Da Mlang MaiN Ali Da etc. You have a lot to catch up. (And Please dont say Mast Qalandar, that’s what Runa Laila sang, Its either Shabaaz Qalandar or Dum Must Qalandar)

    Lastly, I have listened enough of Himesh’s music to know that he can make good music. (Listen to his song in Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya). It is clear that his songs are targetted at the young generation and hence those catchy, words, beats etc.He never compared himself to NFAK, all he said was NFAK also had a nasal voice and nobody said anything and he(Himesh) is unfairly targetted for his nasal voice. (Similar analogy, Remember when Sourav said, we ‘CAN’ be no. 2 after Adelaide win in Aus and media bashed him endlessly by changing the word CAN BE to ARE)

  53. Lord Nose-not and his paranasal, evil, plot to take over the silent soul by appealing to the “Pyaannnsii aatmas” within us..yes, indeed!!! Total system crash..:)))

    Brilliant post..ROTFLMAO

  54. @Sanjay: Heh. You made a mistake. I didnt call Raj kapoor India’s Hugh hefner. So making me happy is out of the question here. But I dont fault you for that—I actually do think he is a desi Hefner….so it’s all good. And as to your [arbit Raj Kapoor movies]/Satyajit Ray’s any movie—my choice is pretty obvious. But I understand the greatness you see in Raj Kapoor’s is echoed by the gurus: after all didnt Kurusawa once say that not watching a Kapoor movie is like not watching the sun and the moon? Or was that Ray’s—I always get confused…damn.

    As to being finicky about criticism—its you who took issue with my post on Himesh Reshammiya and jumped out of YOUR skin—so maybe you should start out practising what you preach. No?

    @Raju: Sensible person hates Himesh? Arent you getting racist here? :-)…..mind it

    @RobertFrust: As I pointed out in the comments section, I also have a lot of Sanu numbers I love. Some claim I even sing like him. However he did overdo the “Hen hen hen….” bit a bit too much. And if people can enjoy my brutality on Mithun-da then why not Sanu?

    @Joy Forever: Spooky…

    @Nirwa: Ooh that Behenji trying to be Modern Preeti Jhangiani…

    @Bohemian Wanderlust: I know…I was just trying to be flip..

    @FullStop: Reminds me of Sukumar Ray’s Ramgorur-r chana

    @Sanjiv: 🙂

    @Varsha: Workplace unsafe? How so?

    @The Wanderer: Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne is based on a story written by Satyajit Ray’s grandfather Upendrakishore—-well before filmdom…

    @Trisha: 🙂

    @SpyderMann: This goes into the SMS hall of fame..

    @Abhijit: Thank ye…

  55. “As to being finicky about criticism—its you who took issue with my post on Himesh Reshammiya and jumped out of YOUR skin—so maybe you should start out practising what you preach. No?”

    Arnab – Please read my posts on this topic, I just voiced my opinion unlike the personal attacks on Himesh made by some folks. On RajKapoor, thanks for your objective analysis, I am sure you have noticed incredible amount of similarities between Playboys and Shri420, something people outside RDTM have missed. 😉

    And thanks for letting me know what Mr. Kurusawa said about Mr. Ray, Now please let us know what Nargis thought of his movies. 😉

  56. @Sanjay: And of course Nargis and Kurusawa have equal standing in world cinema. And do remember Nargis saying that about Ray after he REJECTED (yes yes my friend) Raj Kapoor’s fervent appeals to make a movie under his banner….

    And no I have noticed similarities between Mandakini getting wet underneath a waterfall and Playboy.

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  58. Oh so now you attack Nargis Dutt. I cant say I wasn’t expecting it. I am sure you have solid proof of what you just said and not just a conspiracy theory. I am also sure that Israel planned 911 attack. Thanks for the laughs and your insight of a Rajkapoor movie which I have not watched yet, wow that makes Tony Minghella an English Hefnner, seems RK is in very good company here.:)

    And your point on Nargis Dutt and Kurusawa is well taken. No Nargis isn’t as qualified as Kurusawa, but she is certainly more qualified than all the folks on RHTDM whose opinion seems to be formed mostly by reading ‘Satyajitray.org’ than from watching his movies.

    One last thing – I never say that Mr. Ray is a crap director, all I said is he has been over-rated and overtly praised mainly after his recognition from west.

  59. @Jay – Okay I see your point, but my point is still valid that those who recognize him now, do so because of West’s recognition and not because they really got kicks in their brains which helps them appreciate Ray’s work any better.Reading Satyajitray.org and mentioning directors from 5 countries in one line doesn’t make you an expert.

    I talked about Mr. Ray because I didn’t think much of his only Hindi film I watched. I do accept that it is not fair to judge him on one movie which was made in a Language he was not very familiar with and that’s why I said I am going to watch his Bangla movies and hopefully it will change my opinion of him.

    Unfortunately, some folks have taken it too personally and it is reflected in the posts (reminds me of Tendulkar Fanatics, who sill scoff at you on if you said anything -ve) 😉

  60. No dear Sanjay. I have watched each and every movie of Satyajit Ray and quite a few of Nargis Dutt and my judgement is not based (unlike others) on a single point of reference. However as I said this is neither the place and nor you the person to be discussing this with (anyone who even mentions Raj Kapoor and Satyajit Ray in the same breath is someone who IMHO I dont want to even try to argue with). Of course it may be because I am dazzled by your aesthetic sense and cannot stand upto the force of your arguments. Believe what you must—-I shall not reply to this any longer. Happy getting drenched under waterfalls.

  61. No one director appeals to all. Thats why theres a world of choices out there. So is a world of sensible topics to post on for *rational* discussions. No discussion thrashing any particular “talent” can *EVER* be rational headed. You can have reviews – they are a different game. But getting down to “cheap” (more like free, actually) remarks like drawing parallels like this post does, calls for partisan discussions & leads to worthless verbiage. There are countless ppl doing that kind of stuff. What saddens me is that a friends site linked me to this & I expected worthwhile discussions.

    Its not just that this isnt the best discussion, simply assuming a *i-know-whats-best-for-mankind-to-hear*/*what-i-like-is-what-any-functional-brain-should*
    kind of stand – sucks. No, You neednt care.

    I have skimmed over some other posts, theres definitely super scope for good & enriching discussions, though I wouldnt consider myself the judge of such talent, but have gathered my own weights & measures. I will read other posts some other day.

    my 2cents of a suggestion (after maybe a dollar) – everyone has their favorites, likes/dislikes. There are over 6 B ppl. I am sure atleast 83% of it have never even heard the names being termed as *GODS* here. grow up.

    No, I havent heard enough of HR to comment. Whatever little i have, isnt the worst i have.

  62. @Jay – DadaSahab Phalke Award is an award given for lifetime achievement in Indian Cinema, Check the year 1985. 🙂 About Bharat Ratna, I dont think this award is a true representation of recognition by our government, It is more of a populist move by government to score some cheap points from its people.

    Also, I dont consider anyone equivalent to GOD, no matter how good he/she is.

  63. >> Muslims go to maulvis, Hindus to their godmen

    Hmm sounds derogatory.. godmen.. haha.. typical pseudo-secularist s**t from Indian Express.

    The word is pandit or sadhu or mahant.. not godmen. By that logic, maulvis, mullahs, etc are godmen. Even the Imam is a godman and so is the Pope.

    ok ok before anyone comments further, how would you really feel if I refer to maulvis as godmen.

  64. Anyway, on Himesh, a few of his songs are good. Especially the one with those two kids in the video , and “naam hai tera”. Both from his own album. The movie songs that he has sung are just ok.. you can listen to them sometime, but not really good.

    And disregarding the voice, he is good as a musician. He mixes light guitar riffs quite nicely.

    Its the overdose that actually makes it irritating.

    By the way, Nusrat was much more nasal than Himesh. I somehow never liked nusrat, I wonder it was qawali that attracted the attention , rather than nasrats voice, which was pretty “torn”, it seems. Nusrat did not have much variety either, all his stuff sounded the same, had the same theme… wahi ladki ka dhoka, wahi husn, wahi chaand, etc

  65. I just read the other comments after posting mine. Arre yaar, forget this Ray vs Raj thing, both were good.

    Ok, so I am not the only one who thinks Nusrat is crap. He was a major bore. Very highly overrated wailer-rambler. Yeah, before anyone calls me communal and casteist and anti-muslim, I must say I do like Junoon, and to some extent Strings. I am much more into rock (hard , soft, desi, western, most forms of rock) anyways.

    General obvervations from posts of last two months – the posters on this blog have a tendency to jump up at slightest criticism of any great Bengali artist or sportsperson (its another matter altogether that whether your likes or dislikes have nothing to do with bengal). Yes, I think Ganguly is the best captain we ever had, but then, Ganguly was not performing since last two years. And dont label me a casteist or racist (common in blogosphere since these reservations thing broke out, any slight will lead to you being labelled as casteist), I think Sehwag must be thrown out too, he is very inconsistent and has long strings of failure, like Ganguly.

    Well, I do like Shreya Ghosal, the female voice in most Himesh Reshamiyas songs. She sings quite good.

    And yeah, why target Gujjus for Himesh torturing your musical senses. By that logic, we should be targetting punjabis for Daler mehndi, muslims for Nusrat, etc.

  66. I just wandered into this post through another blog, and I don’t know what is funnier, the post itself (although I have never heard of Himesh Reshammiya) or the ensuing discussion Ray and Raj Kapoor and a Nargis…. gosh, there I have done it… I didn’t imagine I’d ever utter their names in the same sentence!

    Incidentally, I thought Shatranj Ke Khiladi was a brilliant interpretation of Premchand’s story, as was Sadgati. The message comes across beautifully in both films. But of course, if one is looking for songs (albeit beautiful ones), elaborate sets with dream sequences, over-acting, selling utopia, well, Ray might not be the best bet anyway.

    Also, although Ray had been awarded the Bharat Ratna so late, he had been getting awards (the Padma awards and National Film awards) since a long time. So I don’t quite agree that he was recognized in India after his recognition in the West.

  67. @Sanjay and A.S.: Ok, it’s wrong to say that Ray did not get any recognition in the country before getting the Oscar. But I’ll still say his genious was recognised in a big way in the west since his very first film, and India did the catching up later. By ‘West’ I do not mean USA only, it includes the likes of Cannes and Berlin. And to be very fair, he was recognised in the East too, as is evident from Kurosawa’s comment.
    But no doubt about this: the Bharat Ratna was announced by the Government more as a damage correction measure than anything else after Ray got the Oscar out of the blue. And the way it was presented many years later was an outright insult to the great man. It’s similar to the time they tried to award the Bharat Ratna to Netaji! 😛

  68. @Raju Bathija: Brilliant! Howlarious! Praveen Reshammiyya! Way to go!
    @A.S: Remember, Ray only has the pathetic Golden Bear. But how many great Golden Jubilees like Raj-ji does? And you haven’t even HEARD of Himess? Hmmm, sounds very racist to me! Quit surfing Premchand.net and go to the nearest paan shop in Vienna, immediately!

  69. Very badly said (bad taste?) “Kumar Sanu would be the reigning king…”

    The hits list for Sanu is more than any singer of his time. He has variations vibrations Sur Emotions to add to his nasal (ther is more in his songs than just that!) singing which obviously Himmesh (or rather any of his time singers) doesn’t have……..

  70. @Joy Forever: After Satyajit Ray got the Oscar and Bharat Ratna, my brother and I had exactly the same discussion, so we had researched the matter. Check out his awards from http://satyajitray.ucsc.edu/awards.html
    He got the President’s Gold and Silver Medals, New Delhi in 1955 for Pather Panchali, before Cannes, Berlin etc, and this has been the case for all this films… except as I see now, Aparajito. [I am surprised that my personal favourite, Devi did win anything abroad.]

    He was also awarded the Padmashri in 1958 (that was certainly before he made his 4th film Apur Sansar in 1959; might even be before Jalshaghar and/or Parash Pathar, 1958, since these awards are announced on the Republic Day), the Padmabhusan in 1965, the Padmavibhushan in 1976. So I do strongly disagree that India caught up later with recognizing or appreciating Ray.

    Bharat Ratna-to-Netaji demands words stronger than available in any dictionary, so better leave that out.

    @greatbong: apologies for contributing so much to off-topic issues.

  71. @Shadows:

    So you somehow discerned a Bengali connection in people defending Ray, eh? You know what, that only exposes your bias. Because I don’t believe anyone here defended Ray just because Ray, or they, were Bengali. Ray was too great a person to be restricted to community labels. What every objective person should object to is categorising Ray with Raj Kapoor or comparing the two. The ONLY film that Raj Kapoor made that can even be compared thematically to Ray was Jaagte Raho. Raj kapoor was a populist. Ray was an Universalist. Being Bengali has nothing to do with it, and the parallel with Sourav Ganguly to justify your own bias was totally specious, if not ridiculous.

    As for Nusrat, you are welcome to not like his voice. Many people did not like Mukesh’s voice as well. But please don’t ever dare to suggest that he was untalented as a singer. He was steeped in classical traditions and all classical students and singers have universally acknowledged his mastery over the scales and “sur”. So please don’t project your ignorance of classicism on your opinion of a voice. That would be like saying that TS Eliot was a bad poet because he didn’t rhyme his lines!

  72. @Shan: Brilliant comment, down to the last line. J Alfred Prufrock, where are you? Etaa porchho ki?

  73. >> Being Bengali has nothing to do with it, and the parallel with Sourav Ganguly to justify your own bias was totally specious, if not ridiculous.

    No bias here. Ganguly parallel was just to make myself clear , before any one accused me of being casteist.

    What I said earlier was what I have observed in the last few months posts here.

  74. >> But please don’t ever dare to suggest that he was untalented as a singer.

    >>>So please don’t project your ignorance of classicism on your opinion of a voice.

    Well I find him to be untalented and highly overrated. I find mehdi hassan and ghulam ali to be much better than him. Theek hai , those who want to call him ustad can ..

    I suppose he is most popular amongst the “ricksha walla” , “dhaba” and “truck driver” type of listeners. Frankly, I have heard his music being played mostly at these places, or by these people.

    Notice his lyrics, they are the only thing about him that have some quality (I would not be surprised if someone else wrote them, not nusrat). Wahi ladki ke husn kee tareef, wahi sharab, wahi maykhana, chand, soorat, dhoka diya, etc etc. It does entertain sometimes (qawwali lyrics have some humour, unlike ghazals). And so the accolades like ustad, etc. But where is the versatility, where is the variety. Where is the coverage of wide range of human emotions and life (apart from love, husn and dhoka). Like Pink floyd about pollution in “sorrow”, love in “one slip”, money in “money”.

    Now now, what is it. Not particularly you Shan, there are many others i have met. It seems like if you dont like nusrat and his nasal repititive monothemed blabberings, you have no taste, you have no sense of music, you have no aesthetic senses, you have limited understanding, you are not sophisticated, no sense of classicism blah blah etc. LOLz…. BTW, I dont tell people such stuff if they dont like Pink Floyd.

  75. ROFLMAO! This is fantastic: HR, NFAK, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Premchand, TS Elliott and now Pink Floyd, all together! No kidding, this is a global first!!!

  76. @Shan
    I guess Jagte Raho was directed by Shambhu Mitra, and not Raj Kapoor.
    @Ranjan
    Now comes Shambhu Mitra.

  77. @Shadows:
    Again a specious parallel. I might not be a Pink Floyd fan, but I know enough of them to at least not consider them “untalented” just because I might not like them personally, or because all the “charsi” friends I had liked him. But I suppose charsis are a better class than rickshawallas…and BTW, you have rickshawalas of extremely refined taste wherever you live, because I have almost never heard sufiana music in a rickshaw, other then a few of Nusrat’s film songs.

    As for Mehdi Hasan and Ghulam Ali, I agree they are great singers, but I still refuse to believe that there should a finite number of good singers at the top and that Ghulam Ali and Mehdi hasan being there automatically excludes Nusrat from the pantheon.

    @Ranjan:
    Thanks. And I agree about the eclectic mix of names…

    I have of course read TS Eliot while doing my MA and Prufrock is one of my all time favourite poems. I even used to identify with “the burnt out ends of smoky days” and “measuring my life with coffee spoons” once upon a time, when I thought I was a “butterfly pinned to a wall” where “into the room women come and go; talking of MIchaelangelo”. 🙂

    @Anirban:
    I stand corrected. But at least Raj Kapoor decided to act in this type of a movie. That was of course before his T&A phase, the one that lasted the next 40 odd years or so (Simi, Padmini, Zeenat, Mandakini…sigh).

  78. @Shan
    Raj Kapoor did act in some other good movies like Teesri Kasam or Anari. All of them directed by some more talented directors than him, Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Basu Bhattacharya for example.

  79. @Ranjan Chakravarty:
    Tch tch, your list is woefully incomplete. The cast includes (in order of appearance):

    Himesh Reshammiya, Satyajit Ray, Saigal, Noorjehan, Shamshad Begum, Mukesh, Mika Singh, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mithunda, Jeet, Koel Mallik, Mousumi Chatterjee, Mahendra Kapoor, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurty, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Udit, Sukhwinder, Tagore, Pt. RaviShankar, Zakir (Hussain), Hrishikesh Mukherji, Guru Dutt, RajKapoor, Bimal Roy, Jitendar (sic), SriDevi, Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner, Salman Khan, RD/SD Burman, Mehndi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Kishore Kumar, Md. Rafi, Bade ghulam ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Farida Khanum, Iqbal Bano, Jagjit Singh, Peter Gabriel, Antonioni, Truffaut, Godard, Renoir, K Asif, Kamal Amrohi, V Shantaram, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, BV Karanth, Shyam Benegal, Vijay Anand, Basu Bhattacharya, Basu Chatterji, Raj Khosla, Anu Malik, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh, Sapna Awasthi, Kailash Kher, Roger Federer, Nadal, Mrinal Sen, Nayyara Noor, Abida Parveen, Munni Begum, Sabri brothers, Munna and Nathuni Singh , Sharda Sinha, Girija devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aarti Ankalikar, Upendrakishore, Kurusawa, Nargis, Tony Minghella, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag, Shreya Ghosal, Daler mehndi, Premchand, Netaji, TS Eliot, Pink Floyd, Michaelangelo, Simi, Padmini, Zeenat, Mandakini.

    I confess, when I had embarked upon this project, I didn’t have the faintest clue what a mammoth task this would be… so I certainly can’t guarantee it’s completeness.

  80. “I suppose he is most popular amongst the “ricksha walla” , “dhaba” and “truck driver” type of listeners. Frankly, I have heard his music being played mostly at these places, or by these people.”

    Shadows – And where does it say that Rikshawallahs, DhabaWallah, Truck drivers etc cant have a better taste than yours or mine ? I am not a great fan of NFAK’s voice, but his compositions are amazing. You clearly have either not listened to his music or dont like that genre of music at all.

    Listen to his Qawwalis ‘Dum Dum Ali’, ‘Ali Da Malang..’ or ‘Dum Must Qalandar..’, Turiya Turiya..'(those are truly divine, that is, if you believe in God),’Chhap Talak..’, ‘Ye jo halka Suroor hai..’, ‘Akhiyan Udeek Diyan’ ‘Kinna Sona..’, Sangam with Javed Akhtar etc. to see the variety in his music.

    And good to know that you like Junoon, If you listen to their early work, you will notice similarity between their music and Nusrat’s(just the music not singing).

  81. As for Mehndi Hasan and Ghulam Ali being better than NFAK, Yes they have better voice and the comparison ends there. Because Ghazals and Qawwalis are different Genre and I dont think Mehndi Hasan and/or Ghulam Ali can be better Qawwals than NFAK and vice versa. Hussain Brothers are the only Ghazal Singers who could be as good at Qawwalis.

  82. oh,
    another issue to argue about

    though non-himeshites abound here, in real life there must be plenty as we are forced to hear him from here(FM), there(TV) and everywhere(fans crooning aloud)

    in every nursery interview, children are warbling his songs instead of lisping twinkle-twinkle

    o tempora, o mores

    after these songs wafting through my ears around 60 times a day, i have grown to like some of his songs

    this just proves that goebbles was right– a lie repeated a thousand times becomes the TRUTH. sort of like that

    and the BEST part is that if i sing along in nasal tones my daughter gets furious for she thinks i am parodying that voicebox challenged person.

  83. >> And good to know that you like Junoon, If you listen to their early work, you will notice similarity between their music and Nusrat’s(just the music not singing).

    Yeah, there are similarities, but Junoon is rock, and Nusrat is qawali. It makes a hell lot of difference in the end result.
    And what is it with these sufi type of singers these days. Did you see that stupid video of Salman ahmed of junoon and shubha mudgal’s song. utter tripe, i must say. paki hindi dost stuff, which is too sweet to be true these days.

    >> those are truly divine, that is, if you believe in God

    Reminds me of a track by a local Mumbai band called “Vertigo”. The track is called “Do you believe in God”. Another thing i noticed is that you asked me this question on date 666. Yeah I do believe in God (not all rockers are atheists, or ludicrously “charsis” as shan believes), but I still dont like Nusrat.

    Anyway, my whole point was that like Himesh, nusrat too was overhyped. Maybe nusrat was a better musician, but no variety and versatility.

  84. @sanjay,

    yes the genres change, so you cannot really compare. but then when I listened to a few of nusrats songs, i noticed that he sounds really bad as a singer. when he goes on that alaap or sa-re-ga-ma thing, he sounds like those speakers in which the diaphragm gets torn. Vibration-y.

    @shan,
    yeah, before this punjabi boom, lot of truck drivers and autowallas were playing nusrat. I havent seen anyone having CDs or tapes of nusrat, and playing them on their music systems/home theaters/Computers. As for rock, yeah I prefer that, though I am not a charsi 😀 (are you an 😉 auto-walla) , as it talks about lot more things apart from love.

  85. I love himesh melodies………..i wanna u to come indore in madhya pradesh i know u recently came indore on 7/june 2006 but indore wanna u again..plz himesh visit to indore again and and rock indore
    see u….
    SWARNIM YADAV
    INDORE
    MADHYA PRADESH
    PH:07314222868

  86. @Shan, A.S., May I introduce Yeats into the cast… Take comfort, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

  87. amit ji ke liye ye geet maine likhaa hai, Big-B

    supar star supar star supar star supar
    70 saal ki umar huyee hai koi sakaa na abhee pachhaar
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    bachcho ke dada ji lagate fir juba pe jawaa hai shaan
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    unaki boli me jadu hai fir kalaa ka nahee mishaal
    supar star supar star supar star supar
    rang dhang ke bare niraale unaki kyaa matawaali chaal
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    naam kiyaa roshan bharat kaa sab karte unakaa sammaan
    supar star supar star supar star supar
    sari khushiyaa aangan me unake prabhu ka bhee karte dhyaan
    supar star supar star supar star supar
    unako koi kuchh na kahataa sab rakhate hai unakaa khyaal
    supar star supar star supar star supar
    kan ke sachche dil ke pakke unako jaane sakal jahaan
    supar star supar star supar star supar
    agar kahi sankat ke parate duaa kare saaraa sansaar
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    unakaa mai kyaa naam bataaoo duniyaa karati unakaa gungaan
    supar star supar star supar star supar

  88. What have you achieved in life apart from criticising someone who have gathered fame let it be with paan waala shop. Without pessimism, negative critics nothing moves in land of Bongo. Rabindranath an affair with brothers wife, Kishore kumar 4-5 licensed wife, kumar Sanu- divorced wife, Suman Chattopadhya (aka Kabir Suman) 4 divorce 5th is on…….. If you get time write on them, bl**dy saddist. Himesh like singer will fade like any other but no need to shout and show your hate. If I start writing believe the world will appear very small for you to stand on your legs with pants on. Do something positive and write columns for benefit of Bongo and their working attitude. Reinstate the glory of what bengal thinks today rest of india thinks tomorrow.

  89. @AS, Shan: Wow, now we have Rabindranath, Kishore Kumar and Suman Chattopadhyay joining the cast….

  90. “like the agonizing moans of a freshly castrated donkey. (not that I have ever heard one–just an intelligent guess as to how it would sound like)”

    I was surprised to read that you never heard one. You should have heard at least one! Then I realized that you were too much in pain to hear your own voice 🙂

  91. @GB: lol.. the entire NFAK argument started because of my comment?? I feel sadistically happy *smirks* 😀

    @Sanjay: you obviously seem to know lots about classical music. My comment was only about HR’s audacity at comparing himself to a musical legend. About NFAK’s voice, I guess its a relative opinion. Ofcourse, nothing relative abt our suroooooor star. He sucks, absolutely sucks. No relativity factor here.

  92. @Ali: Awesome job, man! Thanks to one comment from you a cast of thousands has been assembled around HR… and the starcast keeps on growing!!!!

  93. Gosh…so many anti-Himesh people…but I have to say this, I really like his work…and think he is talented. I loved ‘Aashiq banaya aapne’ and ‘Jhalak dikhlaja’. Maybe he is everywhere and that’s brought up the irritation levels, but otherwise, he is good. Of course, he should now stop and let melody take over by composing the ‘other’ type of songs and letting other singers sing his compositions.

    And I hate NFAK….can never sit through his songs except maybe ‘Koi jaane koi na jaane’ because there were other singers joining him there.

    Now, flame me guys!!!

  94. >> And I hate NFAK….can never sit through his songs except maybe ‘Koi jaane koi na jaane’ because there were other singers joining him there.

    Now, flame me guys!!!
    ====

    Same here. nfak is irritating and nasal too, in fact HR is better than that whiner who thought he was a singer. And we are honoring a paki reject in India. Sad…..

  95. Heeeeeeeeeeeeey!!!
    so many anti-himesh ppl.i think himesh iz doin a gr8 not buh g8est job anyone ever did.wow!! i simply love him,i think no one can be big fan dan me …………i would simply say himesh keep goin on don plz take off ur cap no matter wut ppl say.

  96. @Apu, Shadows, Mimi — Dudes and Dudette, you guys are cool. Yeah, we need the pro HR thing here too. Yeah guys, go for it, add to their strength!!!!

  97. i think everyone likes his songs , atleast ,

    coz only then he is so popular , right ,

    what i think is that he is good at composing music more than at singing ,
    what he can do is not sing all his songs , thats where the problem is , coz his voice is not versatile as to sing all types of songs ,
    it makes them look alike ,
    once in a while or say one out of 7 seven songs he can sing , but not all ,
    that may help.
    but as far his sucess , i think he deseved it by making good music and songs to listen ,
    yes , there are pros and cons to every thing so there are bad things about him too ,

  98. I love Himesh’s music veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery much n ofcourse I LOVE HIMESH RESHAMMIYA sooooooo much.

    He is great!! His composition is superb.. People not in India but all over the world like him. His ‘aashiq banaya aapne’, ‘aap ki kashish’, ‘jhalak dikhlaja’, ‘tera tera surroor’, ‘naam hey tera’, ‘samjhona’, ‘i love u o saiyone’,’zara jhoom jhoom’, ‘tanha jiya na ja yee’, ‘tum saso mey’, ‘a aa aashiqui mey teri’, ‘dil tumhare bina’, ‘shabe firaq’, ‘jumme raat’, ‘Allah kare’, ‘love u unconditionally’, ‘no way no way’, ‘junoo junoo’, ‘ishq kiya kiya’, ‘diya dil dia’——songs r composed n sung by Himesh is too much fantastic!!!!! and ofcourse his “KITNA PAYAAR KARTE HEY TUMHE SANAAM”-from the movie ‘BANARAAS’ is fantastic, superb, outstanding!!

    People who dislike him i think they dont underatand music.. bcoz the above songs are very nice and abhi vi hit hey n his ‘aap ka surroor’ album abhi tak top list per hey. aagar Himesh ki song achsa nehi hota then Himesh abhi tak top list per nehi hota. I think logoko Himesh ki itna top per rehna acsha nehi lagta, logoko Himesh sey jalan hota hey. Aagar Himesh itna boora hey then Himesh ki tarha koi aur composer dikhaiye jinhone itna sara hit gaana diya hey woh bhi 6 months mey. Aagar Himesh boora gata then janata unka gaana sunnahi band kar deta leken aisa nehi hua, n sabse important baat ye hey ki Himesh ki gaana hi chalta hey har ghar ghar mey aur bachche se lekar har jawan ladka , jawan ladki aur 50/60 years ki buddha budhi vi Himesh ki Dewana ho gaya hey…

    Sooooooo, janata jaag jaiyee…avi vi waqt hey….. “you dislike HR or you ignore HR, Himesh ki gaaane sor kar kaha jaogey kyon ki every channel per n every where sirf Himesh n Himesh n unki gaana.” If you change any channel then you will find Himesh on another channel.So you must have to like him n ofcorse love him, DEFINITELY…. HR is rocking yaaaaar!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE HIMESH RESHAMMIYA….

    Bye..
    SAMIA
    from: BANGLADESH

  99. I LOVE U,,HIMESH RESHAMMIYA……

    HR,,,,,,,
    U r sooo great,,,
    U r superb superb n superb,,,
    U r my sona jaaaan,,
    U r my cuty twity,,
    U r my aashiq,,,
    “Dil ki surk dewaro pey naam hey tera tera,,
    “Kitna payar karte hey tumhe sanaam,,
    “I love you o saiyoni,, i love you saiyoni….”

    Bye sweetu– HR,,

    SAMIA,,, cute Himesh only Himesh ki paagli…
    From: BANGLADESH
    Cell no: 88-0-1710956386
    OR
    88-0-1717206937
    e-mail: dream_thr@yahoo.com
    or
    farhana_110@yahoo.com

  100. well people ….most of u show the typicl indian mentality….now…now…dnt think i am an typical- i- hate-india-type-of-nri ( non returning indian lol) …but u need to rethink ur thinking method…..u all ppl think that ne1 can acheive that much fame like himeshji just by so-called-nasal crooning ? if thats the truth then watch out for me ,the much more better crooner ,after 2 years to become an instant hit!!! cmon ppl get a grip…..himeshji has sumthing different…thats why he has become hit….no donkey can become an instant hit….even his voice mayb like a fart or voice of castrated donkey…it must b a special donkey…. lol ….and y drag sourav ganguly adn bengali v/s gujju adn other things….dont u think all these things hav no talauq ( now forgive me fer using a masala bollywood word lol) wid anti-himeshites…??? and by the way….if u all think that ne1 can satify such diverse audience in india…u shud also try ur voice and try to acheive as much fame as himeshji….and if u all r true ( which i totally disagree) …i must see u all crooning on tvs adn fm and on rickshaw wallas tapes..right ? ? ?? get ur psychlogy right…all ppl who like himesh cant b wrong….

    WHENEVER SOME1 BECAMES FAMOUS OVERNIGHT , ITS OUR TYPICAL INDIAN MENTALITY ..THAT PPL START CRITICIZING THAT MAN/WOMAN WHO ACHEIVES THAT FAME….6 YEARS AGO…IT WAS HRITHIK ROSHAN…….WHO BECAME FAMOUS OVERNIGHT….I REMEMBER CLEARLY THAT MOST OF THE GALLI- KE-CRITICS PPL CRITICIZED HIM WID ALL THEIR MIGHT….BUT LATER ON HE PROVED HIS MIGHT AND TALENT… AND NOW ITS HIMESH RESHAMMIYA…CAN U CRITICIZ HIM WITHOUT USING THE NASAL CROONING THING? ? ? HE IS SO POLITE AND SO DOWN-TO-EARTH AND AT LEAST HE DOESNT IMITATE FOREIGN ARTISTES’ MUSIC PIECES LIKE ANU MALIK DID SOME YEARS AGO…..HE EMBARASSED THE INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY( I HATE CALLING IT BOLLYWOOD) BY IMITATING FOREIGN MUSIC…..AT LEAST HIMESHJI IS ORIGINAL…AND I REALLY LIKED HIS HUMKO DEEWANA KAR GAYE SONG…IT REALLY FREAKED OUT ANU MALIK..ROFLMAO ….AND BY THE WAY NFAK IS A LEGEND ( I DINT USE THE WORD WAS COZ I FEEL HIS SOUL IS WITH US STILL TODAY) ….ALL U PEOPLE HAV NO SENSE OF CLASSICAL INDAIN MUSIC…IT TAKES SOME NATURAL CLASSICAL LIKING ADN UNDERSTANDING TO LIKE NFAK ji’s QAWWALIS ….HE CAN NEVER BE CALLED AS A CRAP SINGER…. HIS SINGING EVOKES EMOTIONS IN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE…I REALLY CANT BELIEVE HOW U PPL CAN CRITICIZE SUM1 AS GR8 AS NFAK…AND I HAV READ ALL THIS WEBPAGE ADN THE COMMENTS ON IT..I FEEL THAT SUM PPL CANT EVEN SPELL NFAK RIGHTLY…. ( SUM HAV WRITTEN NAFK ADN MFAK ROFL) ….SO HOW CAN U JUDGE A MAN OF HIS CALIBRE…..ITS VERY VERY EASY TO CRITICISE SOMEONE !!! I WILL SAY NO MORE… WAITING FOR UR REPLYS GUYZ..
    BYE
    P.S. :- PLEASE DONT CALL NFAK A CROONER

  101. ONE THING I FORGOT TO TELL U PEOPLE I ONCE READ IN A NEWS PAPER THAT HIMESHJI HAS MADE A RECORD ADN WAS LISTED IN GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS FOR BELTING OUT 27 SUPER DUPER HIT TRACKS IN JUST 6 MONTHS….EVEN A.R.REHMAN SAAB CANT DO THAT ( EVEN THOUGH I LIKE REHMAN SAAB MORE THAN HIMESHJI) …I MEAN PPL CMON CAN REHMAN OR NE OTHER COMPOSER GIVE SO MUCH HIT TRACKS IN SUCH A SHORT SPAN OF TIME ? ? ? EVEN REHMAN COMPOSES FOR 2 MOVIES PER YEAR AVERAGE…IF HIMESH USES THAT MUCH TIME… I BET HE WILL ALSO CREATE GR8 MUSIC …MUCH MORE BETTER THAN HIS LATEST MUSIC WHICH FEEL IS A BIT DEGRADED DUE TO HIS OVERWORK…KUDOS TO U HIMESHJI…HE CREATES MUSIC TO ENTERTAIN US PPL AND WORKS 19 HOURS A DAY….AND WHAT DOES HE GET…CRITICISM FROM SUM ATTRACTION SEEKING PEOPLE ? ? CMON GET A LIFE PEOPLE…..

    @SAMIA.: – I AGREE WID U …U R QUITE RIGHT….IF ANY OF U PEOPLE WANNA FIGHT WID ME MORE ( I LOVE INTERNET FIGHTS ROFL :P) , ADD ME :- gawnrocks@hotmail.com
    or iamdbest009@yahoo.co.in

    U ALL PEOPLE CAN MAIL ME AND I RESPECT ALL OF UR VIEWS ..EVEN OF THE ANTI- HIMESHITES …..I WILL LOVE TO CHAT WID U ALL PPL AS I CAN SEE EVEN U CRITICIZE U ALL DO HAV INTELLIGENCE ..LOL …..BYE…..

  102. YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO RIGHT TO DIS SUCH A GREAT SINGER, JUST BECAUSE YOUR ALL JELOUS DOEN’T MEAN YOU CAN HATE ON SUCH A GOOD SINGER. YOU SHOULD TRY SINGING I BET YOU’LL MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD TREMBLE IN FEAR. I BET YOU SING LIKE A CAT SCREAMING IN PAIN AT THEDEAD OF NIGHT, YOU ARE ALL HATERZ SO GO SUCK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ALL OF YOU LOT ARE JUST A BUNCH OF OLD PEOPLE THAT MUST HAVE A VERY SAD LIFE (SINCE YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THEN DIS MY MAN)
    YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK, HE IS GOODLOOKING FOR HIS AGE, AND HE DRESSES VERY WELL.
    SO IF I WAS YOU I’LL TAKE A VERY GOOD LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND REALISE THAT YOU ARE WRONG AND RUDE TO DIS MY BABY.
    YOU DISGUST ME.

  103. SHAMA 4ROM LONDON{I LUV
    HIMESH RESHAMMIYA I HAVE HIS PICTURE PUT UP
    EVERYWHERE IN MY HOUSE,(AND EVEN ON MY MOBILE,COMPUTER ECT.)I GOT AVERY SINGLE SONG,ALBUM YOU NAME IT AND I’VE GOT IT. I LISTEN TO IT ALL THE TIME AND I NEVER GET ENOUGH OF HIS LOVLEY VOICE. HE IS SO CUTE HOW COULD YOU HATE ON HIM?HE IS HANDSOME,WAY 2 GOOD LOOKING, I LOVE THE WAY HE DRESSES. HE IS MY JAANUM 4 LIFE. (I LOVE U 2 SAYYONI) I THINK OF YOU DAY AND NIGHT I WISH I COULD MEET YOU. MEARAA DIL SAA PUCH LAAA.MEARAA YADO…….. MA TUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.MEAREE JAAN TUM JAHAAN TUM.MEAREE SANSOO MA TUM SOCHOO MA TUM ROOH MA TUM.TUM HE HO MEAREE SAROOR MEARAA DUNIEY TUM MEAREE DURKEN TUM MEAREE PEIASS TUM I LUV UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU  UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU  UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU  UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.KAASH KE MA HIMESH SAA MEIL SAKOO.OO JANIAA WAY AALEM BAATABEEUO KA TUM KO KESAA BATAAIA I AM TOTLEY CRAZIY ABOUT HIMESH.I AM IN LUV WETH HIMESH AND HIS AWAZ.HATERS LEVE NOW.NO TIME 4 U LOT.HIMESH IS MY JAAN I WISH I CAN MERRY HIM.LUV BABY HONEY JAAN DILBER MY SOUL MATE.

  104. HI BABEY HIMESH I WISH U CAN READ MY MASSEGES HOW MUCH ILOVE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU I THINK OF U MY SWEET PIE UR EYES R VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVERY DEEP UR SMILE IS MY ? AFTER IDO MY PRAY AS A MUSLIM I HAVE 2 LOOK AT U THRWO OUT A DAY UR SMILE KEEPS ME GOING MEAREE JAAN ILOVE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU WHEN ARE U COMING 2 LONDON PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP LET ME NO HEAR IS MY NO 44 7932372593

  105. SHAMA UR ENGLISH SUCKS ….. PERSONALLY I THINK U R A 9 YR OLD ICKLE FAN OF HIMESS BHAI ..LOL ….PERHAPS U SHUD TAKE ENGLISH CLASSES FROM MY 5 YEAR OLD COUSIN…EVEN HER ENGLISH IS FAR MORE BETTER THAN URS…. ROFLMAO

  106. HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII FRIENDSSS . THIS IS MY MESS TO ALL THOSE FUCKER WHO THIK DAT HIMESHH IS NOT A GOODD SINGERRRR .HISS STUPENDOUS SUCCESSS IN LASTT 6 MONTHSSS ITSLEFF TELLSS WHT DOES THE SUCCESS MEANSS. IT DOESNT MAKE NY DIFFERENCEE DAT WHETHER HE SINGSSS FRM HIS NOSEE OR FRMM HIS ASSS. THE THINK DAT MATTER IS DAT HE IS SUCCESSFUL TODAY ND PEOPLE R ENJOYING HIS SONGSSS. Y U PEOPLE NEVER TALKK ABT SINGERS LIKE ANU MALIK, ANAND RAJ ANAND , SHANKAR, DEY ALL R MUSIC DIRECTORSS . BUT U PEOPLE NEVER GIVES UR SUCKER REVIEWS ABT HIMM. YYYYYY
    COZZZZ DEY ALL R PATHETICC ND ALL OF DEMMM R NTTT SUCCESSFUL ASS HIMESHH. SO MANN STOP GIVING UR ALL MIGHTY VIEWSS ND START LISTEING HIMESH SONGSS COZ HE IS D FLAVOUR OF SEASON.

  107. Take that #$%$#@%& and that %$#$%%^&#@@!! Go for it, Team Himesh. Get real filthy on that abuse! Let all the Anti-Himesites know that they can’t mess with you! Yeah!!! Show them what you’re made of! Go for it! 🙂

  108. I’ll die without a songs of Himesh.He was too Good.
    Aap ko mana, Aap ko jaana,Aap ko dekha,Aap ka jadoo chal gaya.

  109. Clean it up? No way ! These comments are wayyyyy funnier than anything I can ever hope to write. Note the way Himesh fans always type in caps: I suppose that’s the QWERTY analogue to the nasal singing.

  110. @Shubho, Arnab is right…. no way should he clean this up, it’s a masterpiece of a thread, warts and all — in fact the blemishes add to the beauty, if you know what I mean! The pro-Himeshites are outstanding in their honesty and total lack of embarassment, truly…. Guys, please keep them coming…. This is one of the coolest debates that you’ve ever generated Arnab, and the comments are simply the most…. just totally honestly sincere and funny. Humour is a much needed commodity in these trying times, and this thread provides it in dollops…. Simply marvellous!!

  111. Ranjan, GreatBong…got to agree with you guys there. The honesty is disarming…though that’s about the most positive spin one can put on the caps-lock-challenged comments of the Reshammiya fans…:-)
    I do have one positive thing to say about the guy though…at least he doesn’t plagiarize like say, Pritam, or other such pretenders. His music may be umm, err… challenging, to tolerate, but at least he’s dishing out his OWN repetitive tripe.
    To paraphrase Ranjan, Himeshbhai, you roke!

  112. Why are we citisizing this here Himesh?

    Does anybody think of Sachin Dev Burman?
    HIS was the original NASAL voice alright.

    Also, I find the old fillum songs of K.L. Saigal slightly chandrabindu in quality.

  113. Why are we critisizing this here Himesh?

    Does anybody think of Sachin Dev Burman?
    HIS was the original NASAL voice alright.

    Also, I find the old fillum songs of K.L. Saigal slightly chandrabindu in quality.

  114. A-ha! At long last! The cast finally increases with S.D. Burman, K.L. Saigal and Chandrabindu! Cool!!!

  115. I’m waiting. Someday the comments section of this post will become a virtual who’s who and people will get sulky if they are not refered to here 🙂

  116. Yo Sayon,
    so on this here cyber-adda, its either comment or be commented on.

    Why do those all old 78 lp discs have nasal songs? Was it the recording technology?

  117. @Swati – yup – the entire phenomenon of crooners started when recording began – in those days the pure notes from singers who sang the traditional way used to cause the vacuum diodes and triodes to resonate and burst.

    Himmeshbhai has no such alibi in the days of ICs. He just sings the way he does because he probably can do no other.

    But what the hell, a look at the comments above and you see that even he has his fans – to each his own poison, I guess.

  118. @ sayon
    Let me confess a terrible secret. I have, at times, quite liked Himesh.

    Should I type in all-caps from henceforth?

  119. >>> yup – the entire phenomenon of crooners started when recording began – in those days the pure notes from singers who sang the traditional way used to cause the vacuum diodes and triodes to resonate and burst.

    ======

    Hahahahaha .. LOL.. 😀 Amazing.. hilarious..

    Where do you come up with such stupid theories. Hey stop posting when drunk. Diodes bursting.. haha.. man, diodes are supposed to take in high voltages, they work as rectifiers. They burst due to heat, like in the computers of old, and not due to singing 😀

    Regarding resonance, AC is always at the frequency of 50 Hz here. And many clocking circuits have AC with a fixed frequency.

    *still chuckling*

    GReatBong, You have some competition in writing hilarious posts from sayon. But you cannot beat this one in stupidity.

  120. @shadows: Great to have a comment from you not blaming the world’s ills on Islamic terrorists ! Bravo ! Keep it up! I’d written hoping that you’d blame diode blow-outs on the Lashkar-e-Toiba. But your talent is immeasurable!

    Unfortunately, you might just be aware that vacuum diodes are made of glass – and glass does break when audio notes of certain pure frequencies resonate with it. This was a common event in the early days of recording.

    You see there are certain waves other than electronic/ electrical signals – improbable as it may seem to you. Get that bias (no puns intended) out of your head and see the world. Smell the flowers. Read a bit of history.

    Or try the Cordon Rouge suggested to Antrobus. Why one, be generous, try two. You’ll feel like a new man afterwards.

  121. Wow, two new posts! Yes! And now we are in the upper reaches of Physics, whose laws are continually defied by the career of one HR! To think that so much Heat and Light has been shed on this subject, now we even have Sound! Brilliant! This thread never ceases to amaze. I now know what Diodes really are! And to think I always throught they were criminal organisations run out of Macau, a variant of the dreaded Triodes run out of Hong Kong. One simply never stops learning…..

  122. You see there are certain waves other than electronic/ electrical signals – improbable as it may seem to you. Get that bias (no puns intended) out of your head and see the world. Smell the flowers. Read a bit of history.

    ========

    Hahahahaa… ROFL.. haha.. so you mean to say that vacuum tubes carry other waves apart from electro-magnetic. hahaha.. yeah, i suppose sound waves enter the vacuum tube and come out amplified.. ROFL 😀 haha..

    *phew,, you are entertaining for sure*

    Hey,, Unlike the pseudo-secular likes of you, I dont blame all ills on Islamic terrorists. 😀 But there is no denying their role in some of the troubles of the world. 😛

  123. “Shadows: Your awesome knowledge of physics leaves me spellbound. As do your comments on pseudo-secular people like me! I don’t know what the world do if you weren’t around to teach us who to blame for our troubles!

    Carry on man! You’re a genius! Arnab, where did you pick up this new Einstein? We’ll have to award him a combined Nobel Prize for Physics & Peace at the same time!

  124. @ sayon
    Okay, maybe the criminal organisations from Macau did burst on high pitches, ( ref. Carruso singing and window panes and wine glasses going ting-a-ling-a-ling) but how did the nasality help the fledging recording companies?

    @ranjan chakraborty
    new name –Carruso–
    another one– if diodes and triodes can do that, just imagine the impact of the yakuza on this here Himesh!

  125. oh, the nasties in the orient are called triads.
    triodes come in class ten syllabus.
    semiconductors in twelve.
    IC, which level? B.Sc?

    Himesh enrolled in Meethibai but attended lessons only for three days– so says India Today.

    Just for the record– after seeing Mukti (Kananbala and that Pramathesh Barua) — I went on singing ‘Ogo aamaar priyo, aamar rangin uttariyo’ in utterly nasal tones.

    But my parents were unfeeling sort of folks with scant regard for my musical talents.

    So, i ended up with some sort of a masters degree where sonic vibrations weren’t ever much in demand.

  126. @Swati: Thank you. You have added not one, but three names to the cast: Caruso, Kanan Bala and Pramathesh Barua. At 200, we must do a recap and put the entire cast together. Would be the greatest assemblage ever!

  127. I am a fan of his. I appreciate his songs and his style. Even in his rough style he seems to be a good human being.I think that other music directors and singers are surely jealous of him because they know that they cannot even reach his shoes.He is TRULY the best indian singer and music director!

  128. My nephew is a great fan of himesh he is just 9 months old and he just jhum jhums on himesh’s songs. So i would like to have his e-mail id or his address on the e-mail id i have mentioned. Please do me this favour.

  129. Just a reminder to all you good people: what ever happened to your comments in the race to 200? So, come on, Jhalak dikhlaajaa!
    Specifically, OS, Shan, Swati, Sayon, Shadows, ASSORTED NETNANNY GANG, and anyone I’ve inadvertently omitted, come on over and post!

  130. @ Ranjan Chakraborty
    You wanted it, so I am giving the latest on HIMesh.

    HIS picture is now being sold, poster format, along with various gods and goddesses, Aishwarya, Tendulkar, Salman, Saurav, Netaji sitting astride an improbably small horse in front of snow clad mountains (cardboardish, as the artist has never seen such sights with his own two eyes), views of the Kaaba, Fujiama, trees in fall, Swiss chalet against proper Alps… — all, all in glorious technicolour.

    As the posters are all within Rs 25, you can delight your heart, pay reverence to the deity of your choice and gaze dreamily at the object of your obsession.

    The GOOD news is that even if she listens to HIMesh 24×7,
    my daughter has refused to buy the pix of that beard with the chappie attached to it.

  131. Wow! Apart from adding to the starcast, the above post puts the Him back in Himess. Brilliant! And, where are the rest of you??????

  132. @Ranjan Chakravarty: Go cheerleader! I’d given up on the 200 figure! Without your charming self egging us on, where would we be?

    Just wondering, Does Himeshbhai’s beard have something to do with his nasal tones? Maybe some expert in accoustics can formulate a theory for this year’s ignobel?

  133. The greater the number of sulphur thiotamoline bonds in the facial hair, the greater the tendency of the voice to nasality.

    Since the amount of sulphur is constant in the body weight ratio, more sulphur on face means less sulphur in the voice box, the epiglottis and the upper palate. Also a constriction in the nasal cavity– the thiotamoline factor (ref. the chiron curve) — all this leads to a distinctive voice and timbre which can be rarely imitated.

    In fact, Meisterzwingers von Bremen did have an aria specifically meant for this type of voice, but Wagner was forced to substitute another aria (Weiren holm) due to the lack of a suitable artist.

    Note:

    Is the ignoble presented in sunny climes with an adjoining ocean? (if not for the dough, who would spend a week in winter in dour Stockholm?)

    Is the return fare enclosed?

    Are hippos allowed?

  134. @All: After valiantly posting at all threads exhorting you guys to post here, I am EXHAUSTED. So I am gonna say a few words to all you posters, as I inch this thread forward…. HIMESS IS A GOD. The God of small things, mainly, like his own musical talent. And his good looks. And his sense of style. He is an auteur: for philistines, that is an all rounder. A musical alrounder. A great Indian allrounder. Like Roger Binny. In the great tradition of Gobi Manchurian and Paneer Tikka Pizza, Himess is an original.
    And remember, “Agar tujhe posto khaanaa hai tujhe post karna hi hoga.” — Himess Himess.

  135. @Ranjan: here goes:

    UP WITH HIMMESHBHAI! DOWN WITH GB! NASALITY ROCKS. PLACIDO DOMINGO SUCKS! ANYONE WHO DARES TO INSULT OUR GOD-OF-SMALL-NASAL-PASSAGE WILL HAVE HAJI QURESHI AT HIS/HER DOORSTEP WITH A FATWA!

    Note the extensive use of uppercase…

    Ranjan, I’ve done my best. If the rest of you don’t flame me to 200 on this post, we might as well give up the ghost.

    Cheers!

  136. @RC & Sayon
    Chasing the 200 ghosts, my 3yr old son asked me to buy the Ooooooo DVD. He gets to hear the songs in bits and pieces which comes every few minutes on Sony or JEE but I guess he wants to enjoy the full song and thats why, the request.

  137. @Suzi: God bless you! My niece, though older, has also turned out to be a Himmesh fan. I claim it comes from the other side of the family!

  138. @Swati – Re nasal theory – Lets apply Occam’s Razor and just say that this is due to the Tri-Atlantic Fusion’s Byproduct and leave it at that. Nothing else can explain it as simply and hence this is the true explanation.

    177 – Come on guys! Ek aur dhakka. Ranjan has threatened not to compile the character cast till we reach there!

    Arnab, as the lord and master of this blog, we eagerly await your contribution to the cause!

  139. I don’t care what anyone has to say about himesh, he has a great voice and an amazing singer his music really moves ppl.

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  141. lol! was readin up on the comments and once I came to the horrible HR fan messages in all caps- that came one after the other I was like ” yikes! this is not happening” heh, are these real ppl? are these ppl real? 😀 Arnab kahin tumhi ne to nahi daal diye aise hi yeh wale comments for the fun of it 😀

  142. Haha… I can’t believe Himesh triggers such strong emotions….

    But that’s probably expected, because you will find equal number of people in the ‘hate’ and ‘love’ clubs of HR in orkut …

  143. Ohh wow.. what a surprise .. thread still alive.

    Thanks to sayon and his stupid physical theories..

    Hey sayon,
    open any begineer level electronics engg textbook and you will find out what kind of waves travel in vacuum tubes.. why do you speak when you dont know a thing about a subject.

    And stop admonishing people.. keep your crap to yourself.

  144. I am simply loving this Sayon vs Shadows. Sound waves vs electromagnetic waves is getting more and more bizarre and abusive. Will Sayon again take out his bottle of Plantago ovata? Will Shadows hurl a beginner level electronics engg textbook at him?

    Also we have two lower case fans. Are they TRUE and ARDENT FANS of IMPECCABLE LOYALTY?

    My daughter informed me today that Himesh has been asked to belt out that broken-glass-dancing song in the upcoming Sholay according to Ram Gopal Verma.

    She is busy telling it to anybody who will listen to her. You can make out that her voice is going all caps.

  145. @Shadows: Wow! You’re still burning on the diode issue?

    I was worried you’d taken an overdose of Telephone brand and my conscience was hurting. Glad to see you’re still around trying to reconcile between sound and electricity. It is from such great endeavors that the work of Soviet geniuses like Lysencho flowered.

    Anyway, forget the animosity. On behalf of RC, thank you for your contribution to extending this thread to 200!

  146. where is RC?
    he is conspicuously absent on other issues too.
    or has he taken an awful vow not to type until this thread reaches 200.
    in that case, let the shadow boxing resume.

    and i am miffed.
    i always thought that my science theories were stupider than sayon’s.

    hey shadow, have you ever heard about the Triatlantic-fusion’s-byproduct theory?
    nah, no beginner level electronics engg textbook has ever touched upon this.

  147. I HIMESH I LOVE UR VOICE & UR SONGS TOO
    IM A BIG FAN OF URS
    PLZ IF U HAVE TIME SEE MY MESSAGE AND REPLY
    I WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE UR REPLY MY DEAR SWEET SINGER
    I LOVE UR ALL SONGS BUT”I LOVE U O SAYYONI IS MY BEST”

  148. That is pure B.S. For all you people who hate Himeshji. I hate you. He is an accomplished singer and composer. All of you are only jealous of his extreme skill.

  149. i think himesh is the most best singer who ever lived in indian music he will make history m like his biggest fan and he rocks his just prefect rock on himesh look at the super super hits in nz i love u o siyyoni,humko diwana,aap ka surur,aksar,app ki khatir,mujoko yaad sataye tere,juoom juoom thha na,ai meri zorajabeen,jalak,afana,tu hi mere,love u uncondtionly and thats just the beging such hit in such short time imgan wat will happen to indian music if he keepz up indian music will be heard just liek hip hop now days are so ppl who dnt like himesh i dnt like uz tooo coz himesh is the best

  150. After waiting for 5 days since I got back I can’t resist anymore and I have to put out an invite right here right now for the real stars of this thread:
    Swati, Sayon, Joy Forever, O.S., the CAPS CLUB, Sanjay, yourfan, yourfan2 and anyone I’m inadvertently leaving out…. like Himessrokes, here’s your chance, put the Hiss back in History, put the cape back on our superhero, come on guys!

  151. @Ranjan Chakravarty: Hadn’t we reached 193 comments even before you had written? Is Arnab secretly deleting some of the comments?

    Never mind my dear sir, I’m sure the ALL CAPS BRIGADE will soon take us to 200. Till then, we await more instalments of the adventures of RC, in glorious technicolour.

    I’m sure you’ll oblige.

  152. I need to assure you that I am not removing any comments. More so because I have been getting mails from would-be doctors (students in a medical college) asking me to do a charity show for their college……yes they think I AM Himesh…..muhahhaaaa……

  153. @GB: Arnab, that’s wonderful! Have you started practicing the nasal voice? Grown a beard? Where’s your baseball cap? Please post your photo!
    You know the logic? Himesh rocks. So does Greatbong. Therefore Greatbong is (AAAHAAAAA !) none other than Himesh!
    ROFLMAO!
    I think your reply is actually funnier than your post.

  154. Yesterday I was watching Big Boss on Sony and there was Rakhi Sawant! OMG, she is so UGLY,thats all came to my mind while watching her. I could not take her antics on the show for more then ten minutes and I went browsing the channels up and down and there was Himess! I sat there watching him for a while and then it dawned on me, Iam his fan along with my three year old son.
    And as a true fan I did not post my comment on your RS post today but here Iam showing my gratitude to ALL CAPS BRIGADE fans and ofcourse Himess who is anyday much better then RS.

  155. Himess is not only Dedy of Roke, but the Jiggy Stardust of the India, maybe the King Elwis of the India, no perhaps the One Man Motown of the India. He is just simply a FENTESTIC!

  156. Himesh rocks!! I am sooo jealous of his fame.

    [My contribution incase GREATBONG decides to give away freebies to
    the people who have written on this thread! 🙂 ]

  157. @Rima: Shame shame. Here we are, with aid and advice from the ALL CAPS BRIGADE, singing paens to the Big Dedy of Roke, with all the devotion of true believers, and you are seeking pelf?

    Achcha, Arnab, what’s the world record on the longest thread in a blog post? It may be fitting to break this record in honour of the Greatest ROKESTAR of the world!

    I’m leaving the next post to Ranjan Chakravarty, to compile the cast at 200.

  158. @Sayon: 271 !

    @Rima: I am not Greatbong. I am Himesh (based on emails I get to do charity performances). And so the only incentive you may get is an audio file of me going Annnhhhh……

  159. Daughter is all AGOG!

    It seems there is a strong rumour that Himesh has been invited to perform in our very very one-horse burg of Barrackpore!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Front seats are going for a thou, while the back row seats (from where the stage looks as the sun looks from Pluto) are going for four hundred.

    Soon, Barrackpore is going to be set for a RAH-RAH image.

    Move over, district headquarter Barasat,with five supermarkets and Joyguru Bastralay.
    Move over,Sodepur,with swanky housing projects (weed infested ponds posing in the brochure as eco-friendly swimmimg pools).

    Barrackpore WILL ROKE!
    (after 1857 that is)

  160. BaROKEpur. Ghotokpara will never be the same again. And marvellous, they are now marketing those kochuripana-covered pukurs as eco-friendly swimming pools? Priceless !

  161. Hehe he “Eco-friendly swimming pools” — too good…Actually they are not wrong – because they dont say whose friend they are.

  162. @Ranjan: I have a question. Does nothing else I write appeal to you any more? You are so regular in adding comments to this Himesh thread but on *nothing* else. What gives? 🙂

  163. Yo Rokestars:
    Don’t worry, the greatest starcast in history is coming…. But before that a valedictory….
    In my homage to the Ghost in the Post, let me begin by directing all you true biliwwers to the Model Mujahideen post and see the comment exchange between HimessRokes, Swati and myself, on THAT thread, circa Nov 2nd or so…. I’d like to share that with you all. And it was ABOUT this thread, not on it. If that is not touching I don’t know what is. Sniff….
    Second, as I read and reread all these beautiful comments, every single one of them, I am touched by by the cape of the Scowled Crusader, the one and only Dedy, and I can only say, “Your spirit rokes, bhai, your spirit rokes, your ettitude is so soulful beb, if music is a Las Vegas budget buffet you are no doubt the unique Jain Pizza, if it is a $3.99 Chinese banquet you are without fail the delicious Gobi Manchurian… you never cease to amaze… Now where do I get all this material? Here is the miracle…. I need to go nowhere, you come to me… wherever I go, I only see You. In my days of darkness I tried to avoid you, to shut you off, I thought you reminded me of the braying of castrated donkeys, but NO. I may have forsaken you but YOU never forsook ME. So I decided to submit. Now I need not search, need not seek to avoid you. You are always there with me. Like when I visit the Temple of Higher Musical Learning, Zee TV, I see you bashfully (not!) strutting your stuff, then when I visit the Musical Reading Room on wheels, the Mumbai autorickshaw, your message reverberates in my ears, and of course when I come back to the devotional blog and see the true devotees sharing stories of your miracles, I am blessed!”
    So having made my invocation, I will begin the starcast by essaying all the great contributions that have been made in this thread to science, to art, to culture. Then the miracle that puts Pramathesh Barua with Zeenat Aman in the same frame to follow. And dear Rokestars, remember, this should be the interregnum, not the conclusion of this thread. Now for HR 300!

  164. What on earth….? I was underground for two days (following up on my secret mission commissioned by Captain Sparks) and when I surface I find that there’s not one futher comment on this, the greatest uberthread of the century? Whats up, people? I mean, if the ghosts have left then what’s the point of the starcast? And who’ll take it to 300? I have to appeal to Himessbhai: Arre Himessbhai, please help no, send the Getafixes of tomorrow, your students at the HR Music School, to post. They must be heving time only, no. Or better still, “ghost” post yourself. Vee vill lowe it, a post from the great fentestic global Indian rokestar!

  165. @Ranjan: I’ve started to rsonate with your ghostly wavelenght. After the Equality thread has become too sensitive to comment on, I seek refuge at the feet of Himmeshbhai. Onward Nasalite soldiers, Onward to 300!

  166. R.C.
    you are welching on your promise.
    WE WANT THE STARCAST.
    NOW.
    Don’t give us Captain Sparks or the sssugar inducing temples of Bhimnag and his ilk.

  167. Here it is….

    ROKESTAR…. The glimpse

    Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Jeet, Koel Mallik, Moushumi Chatterjee, Jeetendra, Sridevi, Nargis, Simi, Padmini, Zeenat Aman, Mandakini, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
    Friendly Appearance: Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner, James Dean and Pramathesh Barua.
    Special Appearance: James Dean.
    And Above All: Mithun Chakraborty.

    Playback: Mahendra Kapoor, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurty, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder, Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Kishore Kumar, Md. Rafi, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Farida Khanum, Iqbal Bano, Jagjit Singh, Salman Ahmed, Peter Gabriel , Elvis Presley, David Bowie and Enrico Caruso.
    Background Music: Meisterzsingers von Bremen and Pink Floyd.
    Assistant Music Directors: Pt. Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, RDBurman, SD Burman, A.R. Rahman, Anand Raj Anand, Shankar (of Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy), Junoon, Vertigo,
    Assistant Directors: Hrishikesh Mukherji, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy, Antonioni, Truffaut, Godard, Renoir, K Asif, Kamal Amrohi, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, BV Karanth, Shyam Benegal, Shambhu Mitra, Vijay Anand, Basu Bhattacharya, Basu Chatterji, Raj Khosla, Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray.
    Story/Screenplay: Upendrakishore Ray Choudhury and Premchand.
    Dialogue: TS Eliot, Netaji.
    Sets: Michelangelo.
    Publicity: Tony Minghella and Josef Goebbels.
    Thrills: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Rakhi Sawant.
    Playback: Sapna Awasthi, Kailash Kher, Nayyara Noor, Abida Parveen, Munni Begum, Sabri Brothers, Hussain Brothers, Munna Singh, Nathuni Singh, Sharda Sinha, Girija Devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aarti Ankalikar, Runa Laila, K.L. Saigal, Noorjehan, Kanan Bala, Shamshad Begum, Shreya Ghosal, Shubha Mudgal, Daler Mehndi, Mukesh, Mika Singh and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
    Lyrics: Rabindranath Tagore, W,B, Yeats, Suman Chattopadhyay/Kabir, Chandrabindu.
    Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Anu Malik, and Richard Wagner.
    Produced By: V Shantaram.
    Director: Akira Kurosawa.

  168. @All: James Dean twice is a typo…. He’s only putting in a friendly appearance since the Bollywood producer reneged on his pay.

  169. (who knows longer words than sayon)
    prolonged applause….
    standing ovation….
    bravo, bravo….
    sadhu, sadhu….
    applaudismenti…
    !!!!palC, palC, palC. (applause in Arabic)

  170. MAN ALL AM GUNNA SAY IZ WHO EVER WROTE DIZ IZ OUT OF HIZ MIND ND IZ HATING ON HIMMESH RESHHAMIYA YO U DONT MAKE SENSE HOW DO U SAY HE INVITES GHOST? MAN GROW UP U JUZ HATIN ON HIM CUZ HE CAN SING ND IZ SELLIN HIZ ALBUM IN MILLIONZ I WAZ IN HIZ CONCERT DAT HAPPENED IN SEP.14 AT NASSU CALLCIUM IT WAZ SOLD OUT!!! ND EVEN IN LONDON WHERE HE JUZ HAD ONE WAZ SOLD OUT!!! WAH DEOZ DAT SAY TO U PPL LIKE HIM THEY WANT TO HEAR HIM TELL ME ONE SINGER WHO IZ CLOZE TO HIM IN SELLING MUSIC NO ONE CAN MATCH DA NUMBERS DIZ GUY PUT UP IN 1 YR ND HALF HE IZ DA NEXT BIG THING DAT HAZ HAPPENED TO BOLLYWOOD SINZE SHAHRUKH KHAN I HAVE ALL HIZ SONGZ ND MOSTLY EVERIONE I NOE IZ HIZ FAN ND HIZ NEW MOVIE DAT IZ COMING OUT BRO HE IZ GUNNA SHUT UR MOUTHZ WIT HIZ ACTIN ND PPL LEAVE HIZ HAT ALONE HALF OF U DONT EVEN LOOK GOOD WIT HATZ AT LEAZT HE CAN CARRY IT OFF MAN LET DA GUY BE IZ HIZ LIFE STOP HATIN ND START APPRECATIN!

  171. GB
    You have gone and split us into two Himesh threads.
    It looks like the divide and rule policy so favoured by the imperialists (so belovedly hated by the CPM)
    Poor RC.
    His dreams of 300 will remain unfulfilled.

    My daughter has just seen the promos of THE MOVIE on the tv. She says she will buy the original version, not pirated stuff.

    So, hey you ALL CAPS PEOPLE
    BUY THE ORIGINAL
    STOP PIRACY
    MAKE HIM MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND M0000000000000OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR
    AFFLUENT,IF NOT STINKING RICH.

  172. @GB: Nassu Calcium is a condition of the nose caused by excessive lactose in the nasal passages. Symptoms: banshee like nasal sounds, a disposition to fake melancholy, simultaneous baldness and excessive facial hair growth.
    @Swati: Never fear, HR 300 hobe, hobe…. Tomraa aacho to….

  173. Ali i was at that concert to and i agree 100% on what you say, cauz iz all true. Everybody is just hatin him cauz he got skill and yall don’t.

  174. @Ranjan: Bravo ! Nasal Calcium…..beautifulll…

    @Priyanka: Kindly follow protocol. All CAPS for Himmesh lovers. I have another post on him…kindly fellows do comment there too and express your love for him and condemnation for all H-haters.

  175. Barrackpore can’t afford Himesh. Our Sukanta Sadan (1200 seats) just isn’t big enough.
    Aamra bishadey molin hoye gechhi.
    Itihashey ki khaali Mangal Pandey-ke abolombon korey thhaktey hobey!?!

  176. Himesh has a very nice and romantic voice.All his songs are very very beautiful coz he always sings from the bottom of his heart !!! I luv u o Himesh !!

  177. @Sanjana, Well said! I am also lowing Himess but not in same vay as you are lowing. But thet is OK only. I am lowing Himess like a Bhai, to me HIMESS IS GREAT BHAI OF MUSIC. Next time please to typing IN CAPS so we can see the WOLUME OF YOUR LOWE FOR THE ONE AND ONLY DEDY COOL OF ROKE N ROLE… HIMESSBHAI THE GR8EST SINGR ACTR BOLYWOOD KA BADSHA NO. 2.

  178. L really love you a lot, himesh. I must say your concert in Mauritius was superb. You had driven all my colleagues at work ( State Bank of Mauritius) crazy. I had come to see you and hear your melodious voice every 2 times that you had done your concert in Mauritius. I really love all your songs, there is only YOU AND ONLY YOU everywhere in my house, your photo in my bedroom, your photo as wallpaper in my mobile and my computer and your songs as ringing tones in my mobile. I really love you himeshji, if you ever get the time, please reply me. I am one of your ardest fan in Mauritius.

    Wish you all the best for your future. Right now, that i am mailing you, am litening to your beatiful song dil diya hain, your voice is extraordinary.

    Nooreena
    Love you

  179. @Arnab: Now there you are – more of the all-caps brigade – helping this thread reach the mark of 272 that you had set. Now be a nice guy and help us a bit for the cause, like doing the concert for the medical guys who asked you. And while you’re at it, why don’t you update the Yaara silly, silly post with a pic of you with a beard and a baseball cap doing the nasal act?

    @Noorena: Bless you child – even Ranjan Chakrabarty’s devotion was flagging – now it is great fans like you who will help Himeshbhai’s name reach the guiness book of world records. Carry on the good work!

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  181. Question to R.C.
    Why are Himesh fans orthographically challenged?

    Though I do agree that for some of us, Himesh and malody are made for each other.

  182. @Swati: I guess ALL CAPS and malody-writing are the typographic equivalent of nasal singing. As the celebrated cancer stick ad goes – made for each other!

  183. @Swati, Sayon: It’s due to the unique malaise of Nassu Calcium (read earlier comment exchange between GB and self)that makes it’s way to the fingers! By the way, in the year of the second coming of Bond, 2007, accept hearty felicitations! Herewith declared the year of B, GB.

  184. But Bond came in December ’06.

    And nah, Barrackpore does not dig Bond.
    That is for the ingreji-kopchano multiplex-going Rs 50/- for-a-packet-of-popcorn brigade.
    Here we are only too aware of what is what.
    So, we never buy popcorn from the vendor in the hall for Rs 3/-. We buy double the amount for Re 1/- from the lame man outside the hall and sneak it in despite the notice–
    No food and drink to be carryed inside hall.

    There is movie hall which is still showing Dhoom2!
    Understandable.
    All the booys and girls have bicycles. They all aspire to go VROOOOOOOM…………
    I can only visualise how our puja mandaps will be sporting this motorbike-and-babes theme.

    And ofcourse, His voice will be issuing forth from the loudspeakers.

    (the last line ‘cos it features on THIS thread)

  185. @Mukund: Welcome to the fold! A-ha! Your comment is so good I almost sent off a note asking for all caps, then did a double take. Wery gooood, Budddee! You are also roking only. Shan, Sayon, Swati, you hawe a velcome addision to femily here, the femily of Himess lowers! JHALAK DIKHLAAJAA. TERAA SUROOR. Aichoo…

  186. Ranjan, Ranjan, only 30 to go for the world-record discussion thread! When you are not battling your evil nemesis, Ssugar, won’t you please lead the charge to 272? I plead you in the name of the King of Roke?

  187. @Sayon: Arre Himessbhai is deserwing nothing but the best. Let me exhort all you Rokestars the second time around, IN CAPS, without ceps, Wote fore swit woiced, cool Dedy of Roke…. Come on, Himess 300!

  188. @Sayon, All: Sorry for the weird nick earlier. I used that for a special reply to Von Rundstedt on another discussion. Apologies. No obfuscation intended.
    But back to Himess, there is no way we won’t break the world record. We will do it. As a minor (compared to HR) rock star sang many years ago, “We are the champions”. Imagine Himessbhai belting it out…..

  189. @Ranjan: How dare you. Himeshbhai is the KING! Not a mere measly governor! And we will lowe him with all our hert en sol, so thet he will newer say I will be back! He will always be there in our hert!

    @ –jhingalala–:

    No, no no! GB is Himesh. The Capslock-wallahs are the TRUE DEVOTEES OF THE KING!

  190. @Sayon: Sorry sorry….I know I may be sounding like boshtourd but Himess is the KING of heart only I am knowing. But in US imigresion law is only allowing Him to be Gowernor, no? Arre, and the state I am thinking of is feeling like home for him only. The sights may be different but the smell is the same. But sorry only I em for thinking of such small pojision for dear Himessbhai…. Wery bad I em…. Hey you sleckers, Himess 300. Going for it or no?

  191. @sayon : I meant maybe,just maybe.. Himess himself was all the ” TRUE DEVOTEES OF THE KING “, as I personally have not met a single music lover who appreciates HR.

  192. @Jhingalala – How terrifying! No, really, I can vouch for the existance of my niece, who’s turned out to be a fan of the big dedy. Plus I think Arnab can vouch for some more – doctors who think he is Himesh and want him to perform for their college!

    @Rima: Elwis is ded king of Gracelend only. Himeshbhai is liwing King, Dedy and Bhai of roke ‘n roll. End, we also lowe him only.

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    Listening and talking to children about their concerns can reassure them that they will be safe. Start by encouraging them to discuss how they have been affected by what is happening around them. Even young children may have specific questions about tragedies. Children react to stress at their own developmental level.

    The Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign offers these pointers for parents and other caregivers:

    * Encourage children to ask questions. Listen to what they say. Provide comfort and assurance that address their specific fears. It’s okay to admit you can’t answer all of their questions.
    * Talk on their level. Communicate with your children in a way they can understand. Don’t get too technical or complicated.
    * Find out what frightens them. Encourage your children to talk about fears they may have. They may worry that someone will harm them at school or that someone will try to hurt you.
    * Focus on the positive. Reinforce the fact that most people are kind and caring. Remind your child of the heroic actions taken by ordinary people to help victims of tragedy.
    * Pay attention. Your children’s play and drawings may give you a glimpse into their questions or concerns. Ask them to tell you what is going on in the game or the picture. It’s an opportunity to clarify any misconceptions, answer questions, and give reassurance.
    * Develop a plan. Establish a family emergency plan for the future, such as a meeting place where everyone should gather if something unexpected happens in your family or neighborhood. It can help you and your children feel safer.

    If you are concerned about your child’s reaction to stress or trauma, call your physician or a community mental health center.

  194. @Ranjan, Sayon and others: Any reaction to the above comment especially the last “If you are concerned about your child’s reaction to stress or trauma, call your physician or a community mental health center.” ?

  195. Why is this here Atkins from the Unicef doing here of all places?

    He should be in Rwanda and Nithari distributing crayons and paper for the children to express their fears.

    I am blaming Banki Moon and scewed policies.

    He and his minions are trying to wean our children away from the swit malody of HR.

    All under the pretext of reaction to stress or trauma.
    Like our beloved comerades, I am seeing hand of USA here.
    Why does not this Atkins send it to fansites of Britney Spears et al and their numerous ilk?

  196. @Arnab: Some points to ponder:

    1. John Atkins forgets the most effective way to make kids feel less afraid – inundate them with video games/X-Box/whatever, have them kill billions of aliens, enemy soldiers, gangsters, SS-men, etc, or make them see thousands of Hollywood action movies (showing buildings blowing up, planes becoming fireballs, terrorists killing people brutally, etc. and make them so insensitive to violence that till the Al Qaida blows up the next sky-scraper, they can ignore all the violence in the world with a blithe “Oh, that happens in Asia/Africa/Latin America/movies/computer games. It can’t happen to us!”

    2. If you are concerned about your child’s reaction to stress or trauma, call your physician or a community mental health center (suggest the following words be added: and tell them to shut themselves down and use the money saved in feeding and educating starving children in war torn countries. That will do more good by preventing those children growing up to become angry terrorists who would blow up your child in a terrorist attack.)

    3. One worthwhile suggestion: Make the kids listen to Himeshbhai – once they get hooked to his swit malody, they will not have the mental ability to feel scared and traumatised by anything. The healing powers of muzic and what-not.

  197. @GB, Sayon, Swati: Sorry for the delayed post since I was on secret mission and have just returned. Although I badly lost this round to Balaram (the Zaheer Khan of the Ssugaar gang), I am happy to report progress on sundry subplots. Seems our little overage denpo from Amta, Sanchita, now is part of the Indian cheerleader team for WC 2007 , along with a couple of other telents from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a show, for the uninitiated, whose mission is to avoid getting as close to these five notes as possible. Hmmmm….. First innocent little Shreya, now, denpo Sanchita, who next? I see the hand of M (the Maganlal Meghraj Collective)in everything. Oh yes, the Atkins comment…. ki aar bolbo? Until someone experiences HR, what does he know about trauma?! I am sure Atkins has no idea of what kind of havoc Dedy can wreak!

  198. Most annoying RC,
    let us have no more excuses of Sssugaar. You have been quite active on other threads and so, you are proving yourself to be an active Banburyist (ref. The Importance of Being Ernest)
    Do take massive doses of Glizid/insulin/whatever and enlighten us further on the doings/sayings/singings/happenings of HIM.

    Oh, a note on the obsession…
    The hirsute young man who mans the local cd-dvd rental shop models himself on HIM.
    Cap – check
    Hair- check
    Beard- check
    Teeshirt- check
    THE LOOK – check
    But he is also a very polite young man who calls me Masssima.

  199. @Swati: One last check on your CD/DVD guy – does he speak in a nasal voice? And of course he is a polite young man – after HR got threats to be slapped by Asha Bhosle, which HR look-alike would dare fall afoul with a teacher-Massima who looks like a slap will alter the geography of the facial jungle?

    And yes, Ranjan – now that your devotion to the cause has been momentarily diverted by the masterful bowling of Ranadeb bhai, even the ALL CAPS brigade is curiously silent. We need more tales of Mission 300 to get to the coveted mark that will be our offering to the DUH-VINE HIM.

  200. Sleckers, what you are doing? Roking end Slecking are going together it is looking like. I will start calling you Sleckstars instead of Rokestars soon. Come on type: HIMESS IS ONLY BEST. HE WHO IS LOWING HIMESS IS BEST. HE WHO IS NOT LOWING HIMESS IS JEALOUS. HIMESS IS IKON (LIKE FORD)OF ROKE.

  201. @Ranjan: Whay blem the sleckers, bhai? After all, when you the great devotee of the Gret Dedy, are down to the great Ssugar, sleckers get demotivated. His swit voice is not amplified to the world. We will need to keep this thread alive in GB’s latest comment list, and then the TRUE BELIEWERS will express their devotion. Jai Himesh!

  202. OK Sleckers, we are not tolleretting your slecking any more only! As Sayon is complimenting me too much only end giwing me tital of dewotee of the great Him only let me say please come end take avay this tital from me. Come on if you are daring. Arre, show the whole blogworld, the gratest most hendsom is only one Ikon: the Jain Dean of the Roke. Himess 300!

  203. In the next round od Indian Idol, Himesh will take the place of Sonu Nigam as a judge.(source- The Telegraph, 5th February 2007, in the gossip section)
    Then the server will pack up ‘cos so many people will be typing in ALL CAPS or expressing-negative-opinions-in-lowercase-only.

  204. Okay, I am seeing wery bed behavior in this thread from you sleckers. Come on, come on, Sayon, Swati, yourfan2,-jhingalala-, OS, AS, Sanjay, Everybody, we are crossing milestone or heppy to be olso ren? IS THIS THE VAY TO TREAT THE DEDY?

  205. Is Himehs a South Indian ? I got this doubt because typical our South Indian names end like Ramayya, Rangayya, etc., which rhythm with Reshammiya. Can anybody clear my doubt ?

  206. Kishor is here.
    So is Gnan.
    And so, we hope all the south Indians, (real, imaginary and fractional– read, born there, residing there and one parent south indian only)will join in and take this blog to 3000.
    What will happen to the indicator on the scroll bar?
    Will GB spin this off as a blog-of-its-own?

  207. @Kishor and avatars: No doubt – South India Rokes. And Rules! Thenk you, ser. All this devotion for dedy makes me so heppy for the true beliewers. My astrologer has now confirmed that Himeshbhai will be reborn in South India only. No? What say you Ranjanbhai?

    @Arnab: Congratulations on the world record!

  208. @Kishor, All: the above post was from me. Yes Kishor, you asked what bed behawior was: Well, Sleckers are only slipping no? I meean slip, slip don’t newer do no work. End where slipping? Slipping on bed of course, thet means bed behawior no? Opposite of good behawior only. In our new resurgent India, led so well by South only, working is good, slipping bed.
    @Rokestars: No rest. Himess 300. Come on!

  209. Seems south indian accent has become a joke. When we south indians take over india, we will teach all the indians that accent only. let us see who will mock at our accent then.

  210. Its not a South Indian accent. This thread is dedicated to H.H. Himessbhai not South Indians , so please don’t digress from the topic .

    Long time no write…so here I go again:

    Himessbhai is the greatest of them all ! Himess Forewer. 🙂

  211. @Rima: Velcome, velcome beck. Himess Phorewer is correct only. Since last time you are writing, Himess is now Ikon apart from being Dedy.
    @Kishor-garu: We bow to thee. In true South Indian thought-leader fashion you have identified a way we can now BPO/KPO-ise Himess. Sheer genius. Imagine, all pest control in the world being outsourced in BPO/KPO format. All we do is industrialize (already half done) and unleash “Teraaaa Suroooooor” and “Jhalak Dikhlaaajaaaaaa”! All the bandicoots in Oklahoma will run for the hills!

  212. @GreatBong,

    Well, so much Gujarati Bashing….
    I have also seen so many instances of Marathi and South-Indian bashing here.
    Is that fair?

    There is hardly any difference between the comments here and Shiv Sena types.

    I know you read all the comments, Greatbong. You jump to defend anything that is against Ganguly or Bengali but you are okay with this ?!!

  213. @All: Clarification. This thread pokes fun, yes, mercilessly, at an individual public figure, and does so in his “Woice”. For those who get it. Which obviously some don’t. So this cry of criticism and hatred that surfaces from time to time from certain sections of the public, all of whom seem well united in their anti-Bengaliness. Sounds hollow from those who subject others to their prejudices, but that’s besides the point. Now their voices are getting strident because this is a world record thread, and GB’s detractors are getting desperate! I can expressly state that there’s NO BASHING of ANY COMMUNITY, especially on this thread, maybe good natured fun that may have overtones of certain communities’ peculiarities, and that includes Bengalis as well, but THERE IS NO BASHING. And, for heavens’ sake, GB supporting anti-Marathi and anti-South Indian bashing? NEVER. That is a FALSE statement. I am signing this in my own name, and I am NOT Greatbong. Thank You.

  214. @Chupa Rustam: While we have indulged in the freedom to laugh at a man who is a mediocre singer, a decent showman and a pompous bore, we have too much respect for Gujaratis to laugh at the entire community for something as minor as pronunciation. After all our own rounded vowels are famous too.

    But, my dear sir/ madame, why don’t you try my all purpose remedy for people afflicted with your disorder?

    Rx
    Psillium granules BP – 2 tsp
    Taken at bedtime mixed in a glass of hot water for 60 days.

    If it doesn’t make you less uptight, maybe you could try Softovac? If it doesn’t work even then, let me know. I’ll give you the name of a chappie who smuggles in Cordon Rouge. Even Antrobus didn’t dare try that one out. 🙂

  215. @ Ranjan Chakravarty
    Bandicoots are a protected species in Oklahoma.

    In Barrackpore, we need your ‘Dedy-of-Roke’ to act against the mosquitoes, the cockroaches and rats. Maybe HE will put the althropin manufacturing industry out of business.

    So, tonight — no mashari, no evil smelling Goodnight but HIM on a play-on loop.
    The pests won’t survive, nor will my husband.

    But who cares.
    Not one of ’em is a protected species.

  216. Sayon,

    you said – we have too much respect for Gujaratis to laugh at the entire community for something as minor as pronunciation.

    Yep, I have seen that. Too often. I am reading GreatBong for quite some time. I just found it strange that he allows that.
    The prescription – If that is a joke, I guess only you understand it.

  217. @Chupa Rustam: Don’t try to understand the joke right now. Follow the prescription. You’ll get the joke.

    @Kishor garu – Please, what have we done to you? My sister sing in Himesh’s band? Even though he’s not a South Indian, Himesh isn’t that ‘awesome’, is he?

  218. @kishor
    If HE asked me to sing in his band I would think that I am an awesome honourary south Indian.

    ( I have DOSAS at the South-Indian-and-Punjab-Tiffin, eschewing such delights such as the greasy chowmein, masala laden chhola batora etc)

    p.s. How is Gnan?

  219. @chhupa rustam

    Sayon is a licenced pharmacist (licenced to poison that is) and likes to recommend purgatives to end the ills of the world and to people who disagree with him.

    If I were you, I might enquire about psillium at the local drugstore, but never would I buy it for consumption.

    As for Softovac, it has a nice taste of ajwain/jowan.

    And Cordon Rouge is a gigantic supposiory, much prescribed in La Belle France.

    As Sayon’s family comes from erstwhile Bangladesh, he like other Bangaals, is obsessed with the rear end.

  220. We are announcing the competition for best Suroooor Himesh awards. Anybody who wants to win this award must record their singing Suroooor with maximum intensity and frequency and send their recorded CDs or cassettes to Sayon. If u send ur photo with beard and baseball cap, then it will be an added advantage. Sayon will announce the winners in two weeks.

  221. @Kishor, Gnan, Chiranjeevi: Sir (s?), you are a comic genius. You are one (some) of the greatest discoveries on this site. I mean it. What an amazing job Greatbong has done, to foster this. Far greater contribution than Himesh himself in my opinion. So I say, Jai Kishor, Jai Gnan, Jai Chiranjeevi, Jai Dr. Rajkumar Sir, Jai NTR garu, Jai ANR garu, Jai Thalaivar Nayagam, Jai Prem Nazir Sir, Jai Jai Jai Jai South!

  222. Is it the turn of South Indian bashing now… ??

    Dr Sayon,

    Dont you ever get tired of repeating the same joke over and over again, post after post? Go have a dope. Much better than all that chemicals you keep trying on yourself.

  223. @chhupa rustam
    pharmacists are not medical practitioners. So, no Dr Sayon.

    And we are all very comfortable with oft repeated jokes. Something like signature tunes. Here are some:
    1) GB – mithun
    2) Sayon- rear end clearers
    3) Ranjan Chakravarty– ssugar
    4) Shadows– engineering textbook
    5) Kishor — south Indians
    6) Raj — Narendra Modi fan club
    7) Yourfan — GB
    8) ALL CAPS — HIMESH

  224. Jai Greatbong!
    And Jai yourfan2! Jai Rima! Jai Suzi! Jai Sanjay! Jai Joy Forever! Jai Shadows! Jai A.S.! Jai Shan! Jai -jhingalala-!Jai Arin! Jai freaky_chakra! Jai O.S.! Jai Ali! Jai CAPS BRIGADE! Jai chhupa rustam! Jai Kishore Cariappa! Jai Samia (No.1 fan of Himesh), Jai Vibhas Zanpure! Jai Kishor, without a doubt! Of course, Jai Sayon! Undoubtedly, bravely, doggedly, Jai Swati! And Jai All of You! All contributors to the record! You all did it!
    Himesh Reshammiyya 300! The World Record blog post! GB you are THE man! And you all are an awesome bunch. So cool to be here with you all, and I mean each and every one of you. Cheers.
    PS: Anyone left out who has put their mite into this thread, pro or anti Himess, pro or anti anybody, Jai! Best Wishes and Kudos!

  225. How did ‘I’ miss out on this Earth shattering record till now. Lets contribure towards the 1000th comment. Jai Teraaaaaaaaaa Suroooooooorrrrrrrr 😀

  226. I can see YOURFAN too hasn’t made any comment, has she?

    Kishor, you are a genius, you need an award from all Kashmiri South Indians.

  227. From HT, 14th Feb, 2007- (Please read all the way to the end)

    There are love tokens and there are love tokens.

    I live in Indore, in India’s heartland. On our way back from an adjacent town, my friend and I stopped at a highway dhaba. Placing our order, we stretched ourselves out on the cane chairs. A motley group of people occupied other tables. As we glanced around desultorily, a ragged man sauntered in and sat down. He poured himself a glass of water from the steel jug. He drank two whole glasses, but ordered no food, nor did the dhaba boys ask him. When our tea and samosas arrived, he looked at the food, filled his glass again and drank it. We saw no greed in his eyes, but it was an easy guess, that the guy was hungry and had no money.

    The dhaba boy told us, “Oh! That madman comes in everyday If he has money, he eats something, otherwise he just drinks a few glasses of water and leaves. My boss said that since water has been given to us by the Lord, we must never stop anyone drinking it at our dhaba.”

    This logic really touched me. I asked the boy to serve the man a plate of samosas. When he did so, the man looked at him. The boy pointed to us. The man looked at us but made no acknowledgement. As he picked up the first samosa, a little girl in rags walked up and just stood there. He gave her the samosa, which she wolfed down. He picked up the second one and handed that to her, too. She grabbed it and ran away He pushed away his empty plate, filled up his glass again, drank the water and walked away from the dhaba without a backward glance.

    I asked myself if I were capable of a gesture like that. The most I could muster was, “I HOPE so”. If sharing what we have in excess is generosity, then how would we describe what that madman did? ‘Selfless love’? It is what intellectuals talk about and madmen practice.

    —I believe that MADMAN can be compared with Himesh..empty but still fills all with Tera Suroor..day in and day out!

  228. @Kishor: Eagerly awaiting the entries from the contest.

    @Innervoice: Yes, Himeshbhai is true love. Not just blind but deaf as well!

  229. @Kishor:
    Can you consult your astrologer who gave you tips on how to remove the Kala Nazar?

    Probably HIMess is not getting the kind of abuse HE used to get earlier.

  230. @kishor – please ask your astrologer that if I bad-mouth Himess, will it help me get a personal loan ? My son is pestering me for a laptop.

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  232. there IS news.
    rabbi shergill has composed songs for some hindi fillum and ouir Himesh has sung ’em WITHOUT USING HIS NOSE!?!

    o tempora, o mores…………..

  233. Sleckers, what you are doing only? Himessbhai is being ignored for hezbin chickmegnet when real liwing chickmegnet is here for inspirasion only. Arre, Himess only no? Ken you imegine impect when he is stepping out on stadium with the Captain saying: “Hi… I am Himesh Reshammiyya… Reshammiyya…Reshammiyya…Reshammiyya”, followed by “Dravid… Dravid… Dravid…Dravid…” and by “Tendulkar…Tendulkar…Tendulkar…Tendulkar…”

  234. Hi my name is adi rambachan and I am from trinidad. it is located in the west first of let me say that I am sad. Sad because india got booted out early from the 2007 cricket world cup. I love the indian team and i love sachin tendulkar. To me, he is the world greatest batsman. I would like to say that himmesh is the greatest singer that india has ever produced. I love his music. I love his singing. I love his. Himmesh reshammiya, bahut achaa, kya baat hai.

  235. apki zindghi mein koi gham na ay,apki ankein kbi nam na hon,apko mile zindghi mein har khoshi,bhle hi us mein shamil ham na hon…………………………..

  236. Those who were worried about SRK vs Bacchan debate are in for a shock. The current debate is on SRK vs Himesh. Who is the no 1. With Aap Ka Suroor Himesh is going to displace SRK from his seat. Himeshji ki jai ho. I love you machan.

  237. HI GUYS I LOV HIMESS HE’DA ROCKN’STAR OV DA WRLD. HOWDARESOM GUY CALLD GREATBONG INSLTS HIMI …HIMI I LOV U HIMI.. . PLZ TAK TO ME HIMI … I LOV U… WHY YOUR MUSIC ISONLE ROMANYIC BY THWAY? GREATBONG ISHIMI HATER AHHHHH…… I LOV U HIMESS RESMAIYA KEEPGOIN HIMESS RESMAIYA KEEP GOIN…

    And that makes the 350th comment.

  238. U guys are all the jackasses. U think u can give 36 hits in a year. This is an open invitation to all u jackasses who think Himesh is nothing.

  239. I am amazed…I have been following this whole comment thread since the beginning and it still hasn’t let go. Ranjan, swati and sayon…the commentators will do you proud yet.

    my eternal favourite remains shama’s pro himesh litany which ends up sounding slightly mills-and-boonian towards the end, replete with the physical descriptions. Never has a devotion thus touched me. Himesh, I bow to thee

  240. HIMESH U R THE BEST SINGER

    I LIKE U VERY MUCH

    PLEASE VISIT US HERE IN HYDERABAD SINDH PAKISTAN PLEASE

    PLEASE PLEASE

    MY NEAPHIU N ME R LISTENING UR GRACEFUL SONGS MOST OF THE

    TIME I LOVE UR STYLE U R THE BEST BEST BEST BEST PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE

  241. Kishore da had the most commanding voice in Indian film industry…Mohammed rafi sung perfectly, even the minutest turns….manna dey and talat…voice shivered…mahendra kapoor was a good singer but the voice was heavy…

    Udit narayan much better than sanu or ny other singer of th 80’s and 90’s..but the best of new singers are sonu nigam and abhijit…

    unfortunately, except for rafi saab and mahendra kapoor..all sang with a nasal twang here and there ..even the south singer (who’s got world record for the most songs) S.P.Balasubramonium rendered with a nasal twang at times..

    K.J.Yesudas(who has got the most no. of national awards) is one singer who has the sweetest of voices and never sang with a nasal twang…he almost sounded like Jim Reeves ,the golden voice..

  242. Arnabda,
    Himesh and his songs are very popular in the desi discs of New York … I always wondered who this bloke was …till I read your post …. yeah his music is generally the type you play in the background when you are goofing around in a bar and forget about it after you get out …..

    By the way I hope your system restore last night went OK ….

  243. Himesh Reshammiya u have got the real voice of a singer well i dont know how to tell that when i listen ur music i just feel that i am in the song ( it’s about me) but non! i am very happy with ur sucesse of ASHIQE BANAYA APNE, AAP KA SURROR ( the album and the movie which will be a super hit specially in france well for me u r a superhit singer a superhit actor. for more sucesse u have to do some family songs or movie f u want but just an idea.
    France is amways with u. BEST OF LUCK
    HIMI!!! I AM IN L0V WITH U !!
    I LOVE U THE MOST IN THE WORLD
    T LOVE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  244. i love himesh reshammiya’s voice. nothing bad about him. he can sing very well. himeshji pls can i have your contact num? i gt something important to talk with u. pls. i wana bcome a abollywood singer too.

  245. jai mata di
    sir,
    i am great fan of your’s .i want to meet you once please this is my one wish .i can’t express my words that how much i love you and have great respect for you . i everyday listen your songs when i get up in the morning .sir i have watch your film 3 times please don’t break my heart my only one wish. i don’t expect from you any more please reply to my mail sir i always talk about you in my friends circle . i know you have lost your love and you don’t keep faith in girls. in my life my only one wish before dying. sir i request you please ,please ,please, reply to my mail .i am your great fan. i expect a lot. iknow that you have alot of fans like me but still i am requesting you that please reply to my mail. i love you .take care of your self and one more request to you that please,please smile you smile it makes our day .

  246. jai mata di
    sir,
    i am great fan of your’s .i want to meet you once please this is my one wish .i can’t express my words that how much i love you and have great respect for you . i everyday listen your songs when i get up in the morning .sir i have watch your film 3 times please don’t break my heart my only one wish. i don’t expect from you any more please reply to my mail sir i always talk about you in my friends circle . i know you have lost your love and you don’t keep faith in girls. in my life my only one wish before dying. sir i request you please ,please ,please, reply to my mail .i am your great fan. i expect a lot. iknow that you have alot of fans like me but still i am requesting you that please reply to my mail. i love you .take care of your self and one more request to you that please,please smile you smile it makes our day .snehal your’s and your’s only fan. love you.

  247. HI GUYS THERE R VERY FEW HINDI SONGS THAT I LISTEN TO . . . I MOSTLY LIKE JAGJIT SINGH AND SOME OF KUMAR SANU IN HINDI AND IM A BIG FAN OF GEORGE MICHAEL , TUPAC AND LINKIN PARK . . .BUT SINCE I LISTENED TO AASHIQ BANAYA AAPNE I REALLY STARTED LIKING THE VOICE OF HIMESH RESHAMIYA. . I DONT KNOW WHY THE MEDIA AND U GUYS ARE AFTER THIS POOR FELLOW. . . ACTUALLY YOU PEOPLE CANT STAND A DECENT CELEBRITY. . . IF A MACHO MAN RUN’S OVER PEOPLE AND KILLS ANIMALS AND A PERSON KEEPS GUNS IN HIS PLACE AND IS CONVICTED UNDER THE LAW YOU GUYS SHOW ALL THE TANTRUM AND IF A SINGER IS GOOD , DECENT AND ABOVE ALL A GOOD HUMAN BEING YOU GUYS DONT LIKE HIM . . WHETHER HE SINGS THROUGH THE NOSE OR THROUGH THE EARS IT DOESNT MATTER AS LONG AS PEOPLE OVER THE WORLD LIKE HIM AND HIS VOICE AND AS LONG AS HE KEEPS DELIVIRING GOOD MUSIC. . . DONT TRY TO IMPRESS PEOPLE BY PROVING URSELF TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE CROWD AND COMDENING PEOPLE JUST TO PROVE YOURSELF TO TO DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE BUT TRY TO CHANGE THIS ATTITUDE AND IF SOMEONE HAS A GOD GIFT OR IS GOOD IN A PARTICULAR ART THEN TRY TO BOOST HIS MORAL. . ” ONE MORE THING GUYS IF YOU CANT WRITE ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT SOMEONE THEN YOU DONT HAVE ANY RIGHT TO WRITE ANYTHING BAD ABOUT HIM “

    • Dude, you do realize that nobody can sing from ears dont you? Get your facts straight.
      Also, i commented for fun. This is 10 year old thread any way. I dont even know why did i end up here lol

  248. Hi there , this is Sumaiyah speaking and i am your number one fan. I really love all of your songs and hope that you will release another of your famous hit songs, like me i find your characteristics most familiar to mine as the same
    taste of music and my style for songs. See u l8r!

  249. hiii himesh..u r the great n u rock…i really luv you!!all those who said so many bad things on u r jst so ill mannered n zey dn’t know that zey are actually degrading their own reputation…zey dn’t know nothing about music and zey r JEALOUS of u!! himesh u r z best..i love u a lot,we all love u in Mauritius..u r great!!!love u lots..ur songs n music r z best ever n r so touching dude..bye bye..we love u! keep it up

  250. hi sweeeeet himesh. i’m a big fan of yours. i really admire you. u have a great personality and your own style that has left me spellbound. there is a magic in your voice which always drag me towards your music. i really love your first song ashiq banaya apne. apne to sach much hame ashiq banaya hain. U r really dashing and a devoted singer. apki jitni tarif karu outna kam lagta hain. ap sabse hat ke hain. i think bhagwanji apse bohut pyar karte hai, he gifted u such a sweet melodious and touching voice. love you himesh. take care. may god bless you.

  251. I guess an apt saying corresponding to Rishi’s all time great quote would be:

    “The fans of ‘The Nasal’ are as are much a victim of his voice as much as the rest of humanity.” 🙂

    I am of course assuming that ‘the Nasal’ without fail induces dichotomous feelings amongst all and hence the possibility of indifference is ruled out.

  252. i love u salman khan i love u so much
    take care
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    mwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  253. It is with great pleasure that I’m resuming this historic thread after over a six month break.

    Reading all the comments I can clearly see that the anti-rokestar are more intelligent, can write better and are infinitely more wittier than the pro-reshammiyas who mostly come across as retarded, semi-literates who love himesbhai for some mysterious, unfathomable reason.

    As such, writing in defense of India’s greatest rokestar carries a risk of being dumped into the category of the unwashed masses, autorickshaw and truck drivers.

    More than the risk, what intrigues me is that how does an undemented mind, highly evolved and intelligent guy like me finds himself in the same class as the the semi-retards who love himesbhai.

    I suspect a conspiracy. I believe that the demented mind who owns this blog (or his chamchas) is the author of all the comments attributed to ALLCAPS brigade. He is doing so in order to paint all himesbhai fans as idiots and retards and by such strategy he is hoping that genuine Himesh Reshammiya fans who are intelligent and capable of proving why he is a great composer and a singer, would start having self-doubts about their taste in music and would be deterred from making an attempt to prove their point.

    I demand that that the demented mind operating this blog prove that the pro-himesbhai comments are actually real people and not him or his biased chamchas.

  254. Shiba,

    But Salman Khan does not love you. He loves Shoaib Akhtar who likes to run around topless, all over Bombay, with a mesmerized Sallu in tow.

    Rumour has it that the reason why Ashwarya Rai dumped Salman was because he was cheating on her, and on top of it – it wasn’t with other women.

    Sorry to rain on your parade, ma’am. 😀

  255. How come nobody has mentioned Hitler yet? this is sad… As Sayon has told, absense of Hitler in this comment thread will definitely raises question about his status in Who’s Who list… Especially there’s a theory which predicts his mention in this thread… Yeah, I’m talking about Godwin’s Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_Law)…

    On a second thought, I just mentioned Hitler in my comment!! Does this satisfies Godwin’s Law? 😉

  256. well, there is more to HR songs than what meets the ears….actually, if we can look very closely then it will be revealed that HR has created a new genre of songs…we shall call it AS ( applied songs )….I’ve come across some cases which firmly supports this fact….I shall give two such applications…

    1. Mathematical- what is the cube of 13?

    ans.- you got it wrong…it’s not 169….it’s actually “suroor”…no calculations involved !

    2. Physical- a mere mortal photographer who is unaware of the legend that is HR gets the job of taking some photos of the legend himself….he readys the camera but HR seems to be standing quite far from him…he politely asks HR to come closer….guess what HR tells him….” zara zoom zoom , zara zoom zoom , zara zoom “…believe it or not, it actually works & the photographer gets a new lesson in his own trade !

  257. After watching HR in the sensational “Aap the Suroor – The movie – The real LUV story” and the uber cool “Karzzzz” i cannot wait to watch his next avatar in “Kajraare”. Also, I think this thread deserves a quadruple century…

  258. there is no such ting as ghost n u pepople are jus jealous of his singing dat is y allyuh getting on like a hole set a stupidies. i dont blieve u people cuz i listened 2 it a gd bit a times n i nvr was sick n i cant sing so y should i get on like u stupid fools

  259. WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM,YOUR A CASTRATED DONKEY AND THATS WHY YOU ARE CALLING HIMESH A CASTRATED DONKEY,YOU CALL HIM NASAL,WELL I CALL HIM UNIQUE,HIS VOICE IS UNIQUE,DIVINE AND ADDICTIVE AND PEOPLE WHO HATE HIM HAVE AND WILL NEVER HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE GREATNESS OF HIS DIVINE VOICE AND HIS DIVINE MUSIC,HE IS A GENIUS,
    AND HIMESH HATERS ARE ALL SONS OF BITCHES WHO ONLY KNOW HOW TO TYPE ABUSIVE WORDS ON THE INTERNET,SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT HIMESH IN REAL LIFEAND SOME HIMESH FAN WILL BREAK YOUR NOSE AND CRACK YOUR SKULL,
    Himesh haters,you sons of bitches,fuck off and stop respecting a genius like Himesh and stop respecting his divine voice.

  260. Himesh haters are all gay Khajoors
    saale khajoor hain Himesh haters
    love him,love his voice
    “ooooh huzoor
    tera tera tera suroor”
    thats my favorite song,its almost like an anthem.
    fuck himesh haters,fuck thier cheap banged asses,they are all gay.

  261. I believe in ghost because there are many reasons which led maximum loss to people, same thing happened with my family. Not because of song but because of some tragedy in my neighbouring village which led maximum loss in my family.

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