A few days ago I was at a cancer support centre (and by the way these support centres are havens of warmth and peace; they are nothing like the ones shown on the TV). I met a guy there who, I think, is of British-African origin. We were both waiting for our respective appointments and got talking. Let’s call him G here. This is what happened:

G: So, where are you from?

Me: I am from India.

G: Ah! I love Indian movies and songs.

Me: Do you? (I throw a question, smile and think that he is probably engaging in small talk out of courtesy)

G: Yes, and I love Amitabh Bachchan.

Me: Amitabh Bachchan is the biggest star our industry has. (Now, I am beginning to feel that he knows our film industry).

G: I love his movie Kaaabi Kushi, kaaabi gum…..and I love the movie Henna and its music.

Me: Really?

G: Yes, I love this song….(and before I can respond)…. he was crooning….Uthatee hai kasak aaja, dil kare dhak dhak aaja, Uthatee hai kasak dil kare dhak dhak, Kab hoga milan aaja, aaja sajan aaja….

G: And I love this song from Amitabh Bachchan….wait, let me sing it…..
Again, before I say anything, he positions himself at the edge of the big arm chair he is sitting in, closes his eyes in concentration and croons……

Jumma, Jumma, Jumma….Jumma Jumma de de…Jumma Jumma de de Jumma…..

I am surprised for a moment; such is his energy, that I join him – two of us are now perched on the edges of our huge arm chairs in the waiting area and are singing – Jumma, Jumma, Jumma!!!

-Thank God for the music that connects people irrespective of where they come from and what their skin colour is!

-Thank God for the ability to find beautiful moments despite all the #%^&!

-Thank God for our movies!

-And most definitely, Thank God for Amitabh Bachchan! 🙂


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