Sunday, March 26, 2006

Nightin - geli ka?

50 years ago, a voice ruled the airwaves and the collective imagination of India. That voice belonged to Lata Mangeshkar.
Today that voice might be as screechy as an old Fiat starting out of Parsi Colony. It might be part of at max one Yash Chopra movie in a year. But you cannot write off this voice since its still very strong.
Five years ago, this voice successfully hampered the progress of Mumbai by protesting against a flyover that would be at the same height as her bathroom. Unfortunately this voice does not know the modern sound proofing techniques like wooden boards or fibre glass. So one million people have to shout , honk and increase their stress levels while passing through Pedder Road.
Do poor people in shanties ever crib that they cannot excrete when new roads or railway tracks are built on their favourite shunting grounds. Believe me such a 'pressure' can be higher than that of not being able to practise a few alaaps. Today lot of shopkeepers face the loss of livelihood thanks to the road widening program of the BMC. But such people dont have a voice. Millions of people lead a sandwiched existence in crowded trains so that a few CEOs can jog to office.
I think we as a city should welcome the exit of Lata Mangeshkar by immediately starting work on the flyover. If we have already booed Tendlya , Lataji can easily be shooed for the city's progress.

7 Comments:

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Shivaji said...

Great post..let skeletons finally be put in their coffins

 
At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Chetan said...

Couldn't help appreciate the headline. Brilliant pun.

 
At 7:44 PM, Anonymous arZan said...

Well said.

All I can say is that the sooner Lata Mangeshkar leaves Bombay forever, the better it is.

Hell, we should have a "Lata Satak Le" Campaign.

Its prepostrous to even think that some celebrity can hold millions of people at ransom just because they are famous.

Didnt she think of the same problems when the JJ or Sion flyovers were built.

And anyways, dosent she spend most of her time in Dubai.

Lata, its time for you to go. We wont really miss you, and whenever we do, we'll pop in a tape or CD and get over the longing.

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Bombay Addict said...

Excellent title. I was struggling to find one for my blog on this. She's shot herself in the foot and I hope the Govt doesn't repeat the same mistake they did five years back.

The justification of the Flyover is a separate issue, but I support arzan on the "Lata Satak Le" campaign.

By the way, Sonu Nigam has come out in support of Lataji in today's Mumbai Mirror. Ha ha ha.

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger The Comic Project said...

Nightin GELI :)))))))))) The woman could have threatened to leave Bombay because of the state of infrastructure or the municipal corruption/inefficiency etc etc. But what does she protest against? a flyover at Peddar road because it affects her voice. Shows where her head is.

 
At 3:59 AM, Blogger Fadereu said...

what puzzles me is this.

why doesn't india's greatest female playback singer (one who has made a fortune) consider getting her house sound-proofed, having recorded over 5000 songs (right?) when she should be used to it?

no?

okay, i suppose i'm being crass.

 
At 5:04 AM, Blogger MumbaiGirl said...

Excellent pun in title. I just wrote on this myself. If we do have a flyover we should have other things with it-like improved public transport,no?

 

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