A.R.Rahman possesses the art of composing songs that just pierce your heart and touch your soul in a very special manner. While listening to his tunes, you feel that the tune was developing inside you all the while and a magician has come about and made a song out of it. It is that feeling of instant connect that makes his songs so special.
Just listen to his latest offering called ‘Kun Faaya Kun’ from the movie ‘Rockstar’ – joining him in the song are Javed Ali and Mohit Chauhan. The song and the picturization are beautiful. What melody, what rhythm.. I have loved all Rahman compositions of this genre – be it Piya Haji Ali from Fiza, Arziyaa from Delhi 6 or for that matter, Noor-Un-Ala from Meenaxi.. but this song is in another league altogether. Give it a listen, and you’ll know why.
The story behind Kun Faya Kun is that when Allah made the world in 6 days, he said these words.. Kun Faaya Kun and the universe came into being.
When I was in my first grade and had to improve my handwriting using those cursive writing practise books that my school had issued, I used to toil away at getting my As and Bs correct. (It is a different matter altogether that I have to worry about my Ps and Qs now) I would look at my parents’ handwriting, my grandpa’s handwriting, and used to fancy my handwriting over theirs. I mentally vowed never to change my handwriting, no matter what happened. I vowed to keep my handwriting as beautiful as it was.
Time passed, I switched grades.. and I still managed to hold on to my extra cursive handwriting that took me ages to complete an assignment or an exam paper. School got over, I hopped to college. I still clung on to my handwriting, refusing to part with it even for the lengthy Board exam papers.
I tried to hold on.. hold on.. but alas, the time came when I had to choose efficiency over beauty and style and that’s when I traded in my handwriting for a faster and neater version of it. Faster and neater, but not beautiful. Tidy? Yes. But not beautiful. Now I have a spanking new handwriting and style that allows me to write as fast as anybody. But I miss that old handwriting, I miss that time. I miss it.