We were at Moti Mahal, with live gazal. Saket and I were enjoying this, when I got an urge to listen to my favorite number. Called the waiter and tried to write in hindi, but gave up soon (have not written for 12 years in hindi). Saket laughed and wrote down the Gazal name. Soon they were singing “Aaj jane ki zid na karo” which was originally sung by none other then “Malika-e-Ghazal” i.e. Queen of Ghazal, Farida Khanum. Both of us were acting like real professional listeners, nodding our heads, waving our hands, “Wah, wah” on our lips. Saket seemed mesmerized in this snap, and its the same feeling I get when I listen to this number. A true master piece. Neha and Nanu thought we both had gone nuts.
“Aj Jane kii Zid na karo
Yuhi pahalu mein baite raho
Haye!! Mar jayenge Hum tho Laut jayenge
Aisi Baatein kiya na karo”