Movie: Anari (1959)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Music: Shankar Jaikishen
Lyrics: Shailendra
Singer: Mukesh

I am an ardent fan of the Late Mukesh the playback singer, as evident from my past eulogy for him. This song with simple lyrics, beautifully explains what life is all about. It is tailor made for Raj Kapoor who loved playing the role of a tramp immortalized earlier by the great Charlie Chaplin.

Hindi Lyrics with Translation

किसी की मुस्कुराहटों पे हो निसार
किसी का दर्द मिल सके तो ले उधार
किसी के वासते हो तेरे दिल में प्यार
जीना इसी का नाम है

To give yourself to someone who smiles,
To share someone’s pain,
To have love for someone in your heart,
This is what life is all about…

माना अपनी जेब से फ़कीर हैं
फिर भी यारों दिल के हम अमीर हैं
मिटे जो प्यार के लिए वो ज़िन्दगी
जले बहार के लिए वो ज़िन्दगी
किसी को हो ना हो हमें तो ऐतबार
जीना इसी…

I accept my empty pockets show am a pauper,
Yet, dear friends, I am rich in my heart,
To give my all for love is what is life,
To yearn for spring is what is life,
This I believe, though some may not,
This is what life is all about…

रिश्ता दिल से दिल के ऐतबार का
जिंदा है हमीं से नाम प्यार का
के मर के भी किसी को याद आयेंगे
किसी के आंसुओं में मुस्कुराएंगे
कहेगा फूल हर कली से बार-बार
जीना इसी…

Trust is what binds a heart to heart,
Immortal is love due to (people like) me,
That I would be remembered by someone after I am gone,
Makes me smile that someone will shed tears for me,
And flowers will say to buds, on and on,
This is what life is all about…

Disclaimer:  It’s not easy to translate Urdu and Hindi words to English without losing the subtle meaning and nuances that it conveys. Please let me know if you have better translation of these lyrics.
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We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

– Virginia Satir (1916 – 1988, American author, social worker and known as the Mother of Family Therapy)

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By Tyler Perry –

I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever…They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

LEAF PEOPLE
Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can’t depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can’t be angry at them, it’s just who they are.

BRANCH PEOPLE
There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it’s possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it’s tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can’t handle too much weight. But again, you can’t be mad with them, it’s just who they are.

ROOT PEOPLE
If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people’s lives?

THANK GOD FOR YOUR ROOTS!
You may want to call them today or share this message with them and attach your own note saying, “thanks for being my root”.

By the way, don’t waste your time sharing this with a leaf, they won’t get it anyway.

Here is Tyler Perry saying it far more effectively in his play –

 

Badrinath

In the Himalayas, there lived an infamous bandit named Sultana, who plundered the caravans of rich pilgrims and looted resource-rich monasteries. The very mention of Sultana, it was said, made wealthy men tremble with fear. His unique technique was that he robbed in broad daylight after sending word in advance that he was going to strike.

Once, it seems, he sent word to the abbot, Baba Kalikambliwala, of a monastery called Swarg Ashram that he was going to descend on the ashram with his gang and plunder their treasury at a certain appointed hour. All the members of the monastery were filled with fear. All except the Baba. He had an elaborate lunch made for Sultana and his gang and waited for him on the porch of his cottage.

The bandit came with a gang of six, all armed with swords and guns. As he got off his horse, Baba Kalikambliwala went towards him and welcomed him. He invited him and his gang to sit on the porch, drink water and relax.

Then he handed over the keys to the treasury and said, “You may take what you desire but I don’t want violence and bloodshed. If ever you feel like killing someone, spare everyone and kill me instead. Life and death are the same to me. The police chief of this region is a member of our monastery community. I could have sought his help but then there would have been violence, and lives would have been lost. I want none of that.

“After you have taken all that you wish from the treasury, don’t ride away immediately. I have arranged a feast for you. You and your friends should enjoy the lunch, rest for a while if you are tired, and then go on your way. I have no animosity towards you or any other living creature. Now, do what you feel is best.”

The bandit, having never encountered a man like that, is said to have bowed low, apologized, and instead of plundering the treasury, contributed a small amount of gold coins and left, after profusely thanking the abbot for the sumptuous lunch.

– Excerpted from the autobiography of Mumtaz Ali a.k.a Sri M. He became a yogi after meeting his Himalayan master.  http://srimautobiography.com/

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