Forget Jai Ho, listen to Nahin Samne instead

I think I’ve only really watched three Bollywood films in my life. Watched as in really, really watched. There are only so many hills and trees to run around before I quickly lose interest and switch channels. But the recent Oscar win by A R Rahman got my curiosity piqued. Was Jai Ho, his winning anthem, all that award worthy?

After listening to it, the movie versions and the remixed PCD cover, I still say that my favourite Hindi song is another A R Rahman classic: Nahin Samne from the film Taal. It was sung by the vocally spectacular Hariharan. The man has pipes! So here’s Nahin Samne as heard in the film Taal. I had no idea what it meant when I first heard it but it’s got the kind of melody that will stick in your head forever – catchy yet layered, tuneful but not run of the mill.

No wonder Roger Ebert was enamoured of Taal.

dekho chhodke kis raste vo jaate hain

Watch what road she takes after abandoning me!

saare raste vaapas mere dil ko aate hain

All of them lead back to my heart.

nahin saamne

Your absence

nahin saamne yeh alag baat hai

In your absence, such a strange thing happens.

nahin saamne

Your absence

nahin saamne yeh alag baat hai

In your absence, such a strange thing happens:

mere paas hai

You’re close to me.

mere paas hai tu mere paas hai…

I have you here with me…

mere saath hai…

you’re with me.

tera naam main ne liya hai yahaan

I have called out your name here, and

mujhe yaad tuune kiya hai vahaan

there, you have suddenly thought of me.

tera naam main ne liya hai yahaan

I have called out your name here, and

mujhe yaad tuune kiya hai vahaan

there, you have suddenly thought of me.

baDe zor ki aaj barsaat hai

the rains are heavy today

mere paas hai tu mere paas hai…

I have you here with me…

mere saath hai…

You’re with me.

bichhadke bhi mujhse juda tu nahin

Even separated, we are not apart.

khafa hai magar bevafa tu nahin

You’re angry, but you haven’t lost faith.

bichhadke bhi mujhse juda tu nahin

Even separated, we are not apart.

khafa hai magar bevafa tu nahin

You’re angry, but you haven’t lost faith.

mere haath mein hi tera haath hai…

Your hand is still in mine…

mere paas hai tu mere paas hai…

I have you here with me…

mere saath hai…

You’re with me…

mere paas hai…

You’re so close to me…

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