When this song, by Junoon, came out eons ago, I loved it for the sheer enthusiasm it carried, for the peppy tune and because I was in love with the idea of friendship.
However, now this verse carries a different baggage altogether. Clearly all those who enter your life as fast friends, deep friends, temporary friends and foe friends – enter for a reason. Fate, kismet, karma or destiny whatever you may call it – plants these relationships in all those young and old years for an important learning experience. I personally have learnt a lot from my friends – learnt to deeply trust, to love, to sympathize, to comfort and to also undo all of these, with the same depth, if not more.
Sab sang chalen Sab rang chalen Chaltey rahen hum sada
Carrying an entire hoard of friends forward with the same commitment and enthusiasm is close to impossible. If you have one genuine friend who is with you for the deepest moments and not the longest possible time – thank Kismet – surely there is nothing known as ‘forever’, right?
Chaltey rahen hum tum Yun hi badhtey rahen hum tum Khushiyon ke sung hum tum sada
Progressive friendship comes with its share of strong words, feelings and emotions, not always positive though! And if that particular relationship is meant to succeed (Kismet again) it is intensely eclipsed with negative experiences before it strengthens again and moves forward, right?
Without dissecting the innocent song anymore I will move onto the very white, very cool, very comforting Y for Yogurt. Yogurt is my most preferred dairy intake and below I have deftly incorporated it into a simple breakfast or teatime snack. The fluffed, moist, tangy Yogurt Biscuits, which look like a close cousin of scones are best eaten, slightly warmed with a dollop of your favorite accompaniment – butter, jam, peanut butter, Nutella – choice is all yours!
Coincidentally, my son sang this same song a few weeks ago, at a public forum. While he was singing, I was reminded of many of my journeys in the land of Friendship, and at the same time he was in the process of carving out his own ‘Yaariyaan.’