With my new series of ‘Happy’ the moment I sat down to write (amongst kids’ exam preps, domestic issues, food photography for a client and bill payments) the song that instantly started playing in my mind was ‘Shiny Happy People’ by R.E.M, which raged on MTV back in the 90s. And then there was an instant flip like a jukebox playing ‘Saat Samandar Paar mein teeray peechay peechay aa gaye’ starring the late Divya Bharti which was again a hit 90s song.
Cute, smiling, size 8, Divya Bharti was hip and bust shaking with some Afrikaans in the background slow motioning to ‘La la la la la’ and then with an immediate jerky movement the song starts. I watched the video again only to realize how poor the dance and music coordination was, nevertheless a hit is a hit is a hit!
And no matter what, Indian songs do have a way of making you happy, no? They always strike a chord, inevitably journey you back and forth in time, and sometimes crazily bring tears to your eyes. So here’s to all the Indian numbers that make you happy, joyful, sorrowful or cryful!
Apart from Indian numbers, a staple happiness-making tool is food and that too sweet food. No matter what, it is an instant ‘pick me up’ and ‘mood enhancer.’
Featuring below is a sweet little teatime snack that is simple enough to make if some hip shaking guests arrive and sophisticated enough to serve at a more somber occasion. A combination of muffin and oat crisp, it also fills up the house with a smooth, calming cinnamon scent. The kind that you often smell in London coffee houses on a cold morning! Saat Samandar Paar….