From the Editor – Bollywood’s Musical Tribute to Travel

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

This quotation by Greg Anderson is just one amongst the many floating around that glorify journey over the destination. Symbolically speaking, these quotations probably constitute great wisdom but, literally, I take them with a pinch of salt. While I am fond of travelling, it is the lure of greener pastures that makes me get up and go. The journey, except if travelling by train, is a grueling experience, by the end of which my hair is disheveled, my legs are stiff, and my tummy feels weird. I am not, by any measure, a glamorous traveler. If travelling with friends and family, there are many ways to entertain. But if travelling alone, there’s also a teeny chance that the journey can be boring especially if you are travelling by road at night.

I have four issues that spoil the fun for me: I can’t sit still for too long, I can’t read in a moving vehicle, I can’t sleep while travelling, and I have motion sickness. But for people like me, there is one way to beat the pain of the journey. And that is music. I am so thankful to the thoughtful person who first divined the idea of pocket transistors. Even though, you can hardly see any transistors around today, their descendents, the mp3 players and the iPod, are essential travel accessories for many. And I am eternally grateful to Bollywood for giving us songs that not only inspire you to travel but also give your journey a rhythm. Remember the tick-tock tick-tock of the horses’ hooves (even when the hero is driving a car), paired with the romantic nonk-jhonk of the smug heroine and a mischievous hero? Well, who doesn’t!

But my favorite childhood travel song was one from the movie Son of India, released years before I was born. It used to play on every 15th August and 26th January and featured a rather handsome little Sajid Khan (not to be confused with the Sajid Khan we see on the TV today) and his cute dog, off to participate in the Republic Day parade, I think.

We’ll talk about more songs but before I get carried away, let me annouce the much-awaited awards.

Manu Prakash Tyagi is the featured author for the month of August 2012. Manu has been one of the most regular authors ever since he joined Ghumakkar in February 2012 and since then has already written 39 stories. He is famous not only for his exciting stories, but also for his honest yet pleasant presence in the community. We will find out more about him on the 15th of August. Stay tuned. In the meanwhile, click here to visit his profile.

Ritesh Gupta’s एक सुहाना सफ़र मनाली का is the Featured Story for the month of July 2012. This six-part story skillfully takes you from Agra to Manali. The story is fluid and well-spun and is supported by good, practical photographs that give a good idea about the routes as well as about the people on the trip. Click here to read the story if you haven’t read it already!

Congratulations both! You will both soon receive a small token of appreciation from us. Hope to read many more great stories from you.

Coming back to the music. Those were the days when patriotism rode high with the pride of a successful freedom struggle still fresh and a series of wars with the neighbouring countries. Aao bachchon tumhein dikhayein jhanki Hindustan ki was another travel song with generous sprinkling of patriotism or should I say the other way round. The song has impeccable rhyme and rhythm and the pace ensures that you cannot stop yourself from tapping your feet.

And then is this song that is very close to my heart because of the beautiful pictures it paints with its powerful imagery. Soulful playback singing with just-enough background music virtually transports you to a completely different world – one where “colourful birds bring a message of hope”. This legendary song was Aa chal ke tujhe main le ke chaloo. I wanted to embed it here but wasn’t able to locate its official video. But do listen to it if you want to feel the magic.

Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen is another splendid number that is capable of filling any traveller’s heart with the longing for the hills. A sauve Dilip Kumar, intrigued and overwhelmed by the playful natural beauty of the mountains is a sight so endearing that no travel post that claims to talk about Bollywood’s contribution to travel is complete without a mention of this song. There were several other gems around this time such as Hum hain rahi pyaar ke featuring a vagabond Dev Anand, driving his dilapidated truck, making light of his miseries.

Travel so far was mostly with a purpose, related to work, in search for employment, religious, or more popularly, symbolic. So we see a host of songs that compare life with travel, such as Zindagi ka safar hai yeh kaisa safar, zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain jo makam, Zindagi ek safar hai suhana and so on.

Travel for the sake of travel wasn’t introduced into Bollywood till comparatively recently. The first instance that I remember was when a desperate Simran, driven by her destiny, bargains with her father to let her travel across Europe before they left for India. The result was the record-breaking and all-time favorite movie of a majority of Indians, Dilwale Dulhaniya le jayenge (DDLJ).

During this time, a tribute to travel came from the Singer Shaan. The song, though not a part of a movie, is still as popular and talks of travel through its lyrics, music, and cinematography.

Some years later, Dil Chahta hai sealed the fate of Travel in Bollywood. Travel had now transformed into a therapeutic, rejuvenating, guilt-free activity, instrumental in carrying the plot especially in the coming-of-age films.

The recent movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara glorifies travel as a means of overcoming your fears, getting to know yourself better, and irking your girlfriend to no end.

However, my all-time favorite travel song is one from the movie Rock On! that brings forth the exploratory spirit of travel, the courage to set out without a shore in sight, and the determination to carry on despite your misfortunes. Sindbad the Sailor is perhaps the best song to leave you with.

All of us, I’m sure, have our own set of favorite travel songs. What are yours? Do you believe that music is a good companion for travel? Do share your thoughts. In the meanwhile, I hope you have enjoyed this editorial as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

43 Comments

  • SilentSoul says:

    Manu – is one of my favorite authors. He is cheerful, diplomatic, and friendly. I always wait for his stories

    Ritesh – One my my finds on Ghumakkar. A simple heart, good nature and ready to help. His story on Manali was a hit and had some splendid fotos

    CONGRATS BOTH OF YOU…

    Vibha – You reminded me of my primary school days where a little boy in class 2 is singing this song(nanha munna).. before school assembly, on 15 Aug and is given a book, the first ever prize of his life…. well that was little silentsoul.

    Songs, specially bollywood songs are permanent companions of all ghumakkars and I dont remember having gone to any ghumakkari without songs…. so much so when we first went on scooters, we tied a two-in-one to the scooter… and heard Punjabi filmi songs while travelling on Rishikesh-Devprayag road… those songs became our life long partners for life (like one by Shamshad Begum – Bhanve bol te bhanve na bol…ve channa vass ankhiyan de kol)..

    thanks for this wonderful post

    and congrats again Manu and Ritesh

    • Avasthi says:

      ……And that chirping bird became naughty and recited the poem of Masterji’s(Om Prakash Aditiya), by putting sign towards jury and the teachers “Idhar bhi gadhay hain udhar bhi gadhay hain, jidhar dekhta hoon, gadhay hee gadhay hain” …..And then in the college time became a philosopher and acted mono on self written solo drama “‘ Srishti ka antim vyakti” in Engg. Fest (Delhi College of Engineering) and was awarded ‘THE BEST’ among the best in the history of DU by the jury.

      Prem, mujhe bhi ghumakkar par bula hi lilya.

      • Vibha says:

        Thanks a lot SS! You were born with many talents as is apparent in Mr. Avasthi’s comment. Not that we doubted it earlier.

        And thank you Mr. Avasthi for revealing so many new things about SS! :) Welcome to Ghumakkar! Hope you are here to stay!

  • Surinder Sharma says:

    Congratulations Mr. Manu Prakash Tyagi for featured author of the month and
    Congratulations Mr. Ritesh Gupta for ?? ?????? ???? ????? ??
    Ms Vibha Malhotra you nicely written this editorial. Which songs you mentioned are all time hit. Thanks a lot for writing so good.

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Congrats Manu & Ritesh !!!!

    @ Vibha – My habits while traveling is same as yours except motion sickness. I can not sleep while sitting , headache starts if I read while traveling etc etc …

    • Vibha says:

      Thanks Mahesh. Well then you can perhaps understand why I have a love/hate relationship with long journeys. It does make the journey a pain sometimes. But thank God for the lure of the destination that keeps us going. :)

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    It was really a much awaited event. Its indeed a celebration for me as both of my favorite authors have received ghumakkar,s most prestigious awards today.

    @ Manu,
    Many congratulations to receive honor of the featured authors of the month. I am a big fan of your posts and continuously reading your posts since the beginning. For me you were the most deserving person to receive this honor, and you received it.

    Your writing skills, Acceptability, positive attitude and Devotion & dedication for ghumakkari are some special things which made you the twinkling star on the sky of ghumakkar, that too in such a sort span.

    @ Ritesh,
    Undoubtedly, the Manali……….. was a superb series and the best one among all other stories written by you so far. I have read every bit of this series and enjoyed it thoroughly and most important thing is that I had decided to visit Manali and Rohtang in coming June, only after reading your Rohtang post and inspired by it……………..It was incredible.

    Congratulations to you……………and best of luck for ……………next month’s proposed featured author (My prediction).

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Vibha,

    Thanks for your thoughtful editorial, and presenting us the monthly award winners.

    For smart and justified selections, Congrats to ghumakkars editorial team.

    Thanks.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    I have been on road for close to 200K KMs and the songs have been through with me. I prefer Radio over a canned list and if nothing, sing-along (either as part of a group or a Antakshri or just alone) is what I fall back on. Rah pe rahtein hain…

    Congratulations Manu Prakash Tyagi . :-). Thoroughly deserved. You have been a find in 2012. Carry on.

    Congrats Ritesh for your comprehensive, superbly composed and brilliantly written series on Manali-Manikaran. Enjoy.

    • Vibha says:

      You indeed would have a lot of experience of Long drives Nandan. I guess you do it at least twice every month. I like singing as well, though no one else appreciates it ;-)

  • PrashantZutshi says:

    A great editorial indeed.
    But i would like to express that train travel still instills a feeling of nostalgia amongst many of us. The luxury of looking at the vast expanse of open fields and distinct landscapes and cultures zipping by is out of this world. I dont know if it is permitted on this forum but i would request my fellow members to read this: http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-f9/delhicious-fusion-rail-log-t19258/
    .
    Travelling with friends and family is always fun but that occasional trip alone is also sometimes very refreshing. It allows you to be with yourself only…to hear your inner voice. To feel independent…without any responsibilities. Plus…if you are lucky…Cupid might make somethng work between you and a lovely co-passenger. :)

    P.S: Another great song which could be included: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5An4-FqNQ0E

    • Vibha says:

      Thanks Prashant, Travelling by train is also the most comfortable in my opinion. You can at least walk around and stretch your legs. I especially hate travelling by plane. Travelling with friends and family and travelling alone both have their own charms and challenges. I prefer a good mix of both…

      And, also, thanks for the nice addition to the list of songs. :)

  • Kavita Bhalse says:

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    ???? ?? ?? ????-2 ????.

    • Vibha says:

      ??????? ??????? ??, ???? ???? ?? ?? ???? ????????? ???? ???|

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  • My heartly Congratulations to Manu & Ritesh !

    Congrats Manu & Ritesh !

  • D.L.Narayan says:

    @Manu Prakash Tyagi and Ritesh Gupta: ?? ????? ?? ??????? ?????????? ?? ????? ?? ????? ????? ??. Highly deserved and hoping that you will keep giving us lots and lots of pleasure in the years to come.

    @ Vibha: As Kavitaji has said, we all look forward to the first of each month for the pleasure of reading your highly infotaining editorials. Thanks for highlighting the spirit of ghumakkari in Hindi films….in fact, I was thinking of writing a series on this topic. Thanks for the nostalgia. Hindi films have given

    It all started with an early 60’s film called “Junglee” shot in gorgeous colour way on amazingly beautiful locations in Kashmir and great music. It was a landmark film which forever changed the way films were made in India.

    However, I do not agree that travel for the sake of travel is a recent phenomenon in Hindi films. Way back in 1967, there was a Raj Kapoor starrer called “Around the World” in which Raj Kapoor travels around the world with just $ 8 in his pocket which was the maximum amount of foreign exchange permitted in those days.
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmGMEepYOLE )Before that, there was Sangam whose main USP was that it was shot all over Europe. Hindi films have come a long way since then.

    Here’s is the link for the song “? ?? ?? ????” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGl-KV5t6H4

    • Vibha says:

      Thanks for your comment DL. It took me a while to respond to your comment because I first wanted to confirm my theory about Around the World and Sangam. While Around the World is about Travel, I don’t consider that it is for the sake of Travel because Raj Kapoor travels for business. But in case of Sangam, they travel to celebrate their Honeymoon, which I guess can be termed as Travel for the sake of Travel. So thanks for correcting me :)

      I tried searching for Aa Chal ke Tujhe on youtube but wasn’t able to find a channel such as Shemaroo, T-series, and Eros who have purchased the right to broadcast the song, so didn’t provide a link to it. Let me know if you can find such a channel. I would love to embed it into my post.

      Thanks, it is always a pleasure to hear from you. :)

      • D.L.Narayan says:

        Thanks for your reply, Vibha.

        Probably the first Indian movie which featured a foreign location was Shantaram’s “Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani” (1946) which had China as its backdrop though I do not know if it was shot there or in a studio in India. With tiny budgets and stringent forex regulations, shooting abroad was out of the question in the pre-liberalisation era.

        However, in the 60’s and the 70’s several movies (probably bankrolled by NRIs) were shot abroad, like Singapore, Love in Tokyo, Aman, Poorab aur Paschim, An Evening in Paris, Night in London, Aankhen, Spy in Rome, etc., but they weren’t really about travel. Dev Anand, always ahead of his times, shot movies like Johny Mera Naam, Heera Panna, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Prem Pujari. My favourite travel film from that period is “Bombay to Goa”, starring a raw Amitabh Bachchan and (would you believe it) Aruna Irani.

  • AUROJIT says:

    Hi Manu, Ritesh,

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    @ Vibha,

    Nice linking ghumakkari to Bollywood. In fact we discovered a Bollywood link in our Thai trip, which we would highlight in a subsequent part.

    ‘Ham hai raahi pyaar ke’ is an all time favourite as also others as mentioned in the post.

    Some that came to my mind while reading the post are –

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    But you know what, the Bollywood typically starts with the promise of a normal journey but soon it turns into out-of-the-world, personal type of fantastical sojourns – where moon and stars and horizon and the beloved’s home next door, everything appears to be equidistant :-)

    It then becomes evident that the journey was not meant for a regular type of Ghumakkar in the first place :-)

    Enjoyed the post,

    Auro.

    • Vibha says:

      Thanks Auro, while writing this editorial I was actually thinking about your drive through Thailand. I am sure you had some good music on at that time. You’ve indeed suggested some nice additions to the list. I especially like ???? ???? ??? ?? ??? ??? ??? ??!

      Looking forward to the next part of your Thai series soon!

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    • Vibha says:

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  • Stone says:

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  • Ritesh Gupta says:

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    • Vibha says:

      Indeed, Chhaiya Chhaiya is a good travel song. I don’t know why I did not include it. But thanks for adding it to the list. :)

      And Congratulations once again!

  • Harish Bhatt says:

    A wonderful editorial Vibha Ji It does remind me of those good old school days Telecast of Chitrahaar on Wednesday and Friday on Doordarshan was my most awaited program

    Congratulations, Manu Ji and Ritesh Ji. It is very well deserved.

  • Ritesh Gupta says:

    @ Vibha ji ….Thanks for selecting my Manali series for Feature story for month of July12
    @ S.S. Ji… Thanks a lot for your kind words. further, I’ll try to give my best with my new series.
    @ Surinder ji : Thank you very much.
    @ Mahesh Ji : Thanks
    @ Mukesh Ji….. Thank you very much for excellent comment. In advance I wish to your Manali Trip. Thanks again for prediction.
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    @ Nandan Ji.. Thanks for your nice comment and selecting my story.
    @Sandeep Shankar ji… Thanks a lot.
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    @ Harish Ji…Thank you very much…

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      • Ritesh Gupta says:

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  • JATDEVTA says:

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  • Congratulations Manu and Ritesh for the well deserving recognition. We have thoroughly enjoyed all of your travel tales.

    Thanks Vibha for the very nice editorial. Travel and Music are very deeply co-related. Sometimes I keep listening songs for continuous 6-7 hours during the train/bus journey. And while driving, music never stops :)

  • Dear Manu and Ritesh

    Heartiest congratulations for becoming the featured author of month (Manu)and getting the reward for the featured story of the month (Ritesh).

    I am eagerly waiting to know more about you Manu through your interview.
    Keep writing, keep sharing and keep travelling.

  • Sudeshna Deb says:

    Hi Vibha,
    I am not a Gumakkar member, but certainly read the stories that you publish from time to time. Travel stories i read so far in Ghumakkar are certainly interesting, enlightening and full of information; the use of language is also outstanding in some of the posts. But after reading this post, I must say that it’s one of the best posts i have read so far on travel. The way you related music and travel is outstanding, and your use of language is simple, conversational and yet sophisticated. Love the way you unfolded different eras of Bollywood and how the industry uses musical mastery to project travel ideas.

    Thanks again for the post. I wish you all the luck for future… :)

    • Vibha says:

      Thanks a lot for visiting and leaving a comment Sudeshna! It is highly motivating for writers to know that their writing manages to touch a cord or two!

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