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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fallen In Love With Someone I've never Met

Seeing the title, you must be wondering if I'm mad???...Actually I don't deny that completely. Recently I read a book "The Bridge Across Forever" by Richard Bach and he claims, people who feel lonely in a world of strangers, missing someone they've never met shall find a message from their love in this book. I didn't read the book intentionally, it was a mere co-incidence but it helped me keep a suitable title for this article.

To start with, I'm blogging after two years. The delay is because I couldn't just think of a better topic to pen down. The topic and conte
nt of this is so close to my heart that I'm giving my 200% and have done some research on this particular person to make reading a joy ride. As readers see behind writers' masks, you'll see what drove me to put these words on paper.

They say "Music" has no language barriers. This article clearly justifies that and sometimes music seems to take a person to a level where one can turn addictive to it when it's pleasant and soothing to the ears. If there are two electronic gadgets I can't live without, they're my mobile and mp3 player. The latter assumes better significance in this context. Yes, I'm a music freak and can keep my ears tuned in to good music 24X7.

It was in May 2006 when the audio of Rahman's Jillendru Oru Kaadhal got released. Being a Rahman fan, I
can very well say that it was one of his best albums. All the songs were very good but one song was out of the ordinary and it injected a bed of roses into my blood. There've been some awesome romantic melodies composed in the past.. Pehla Nasha, Raja Ko Rani Se, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Ho Gaya Hai, Kadhalin Dheepam, Kaadhal Rojaave, Anjali Anjali..to name a few are my favourites. This particular song was definitely above all in my opinion and I remember Rahman was quoted as saying "Munbe Vaa is my favourite composition".

I was so much impressed that I used to listen to it over and over again and to be frank, it was and it is tou
gh for me to close the windows media player even today when this song is halfway through. Both the singers had sung it brilliantly but after a while, I could sense that it was SHREYA GHOSHAL who was driving me crazy (and even more crazy these days).yes, it was the same 17 yr old Shreya Ghoshal who



~made Sanjay Leela Bhansali take notice of her after Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and she was called to audition for devdas in 2001.
~simply closed her eyes and sang Beri Piya (Devdas) without a break and it was recorded at one go.
~ won a national award for her first song (Beri Piya)
~won the filmfare award for Jaadhu Hai Nasha (Jism)

There started the love affair or rather my admiration for Shreya Ghoshal. To be precise, I'm enamoured by her. A 17 year old girl winning a national award speaks so much about the talent this girl possesses and the hardwork she's put in to get right there to the top. What I see in her is something fantastic and a terrific achievement. Born and brought up in an educated family with her father working at BARC (Bhaabha Atomic Research Centre), it is commendable to see what she has achieved inspite of the fact that she lived in rural Rajasthan till the game show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa happened. I'm a big fan of Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Yesudas and S.P.B but the voice, clarity and perfection in rendering the lyrics and of course her voice modulations especially in Jaadu Hai Nasha (Jism), Saansein Madham Hai (Kasak) really ignites a sense of freshness to the songs whenever you listen. To name a few more, Saara Yeh Aalam (Shiva), Har Taraf (Saaya), So Jaaoo Mein (Woh Lamhe), Ek Pal Ke Liye (Ankahee), Pyaar Bhara Geet (LoC Kargil) and Pyaaar Ki Ek Kahaani (Krishh) are some of her best. I will go on mentioning all my favorites but the list is a bottomless pit. I'll be doing injustice if I fail to mention her singing prowess in the song Rab Ne Mere (Aryan). Wow, simply mindblowing!!! what a song!!! It's definitely not the feminine factor which makes me rate Shreya higher her contemporaries but the gamut of her voice. I remember, it was my semester holidays in July 2006 when I started to download her songs which she had sung in those four years (2002-2006).

Recently when Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN questioned her as to how she could make Jaadhu so seductive considering the fact that she was just 18, she was speechless and was quoted as saying " I don't know, it just happened". There’s not a genre of music she has not touched upon…be it the melodious Beiri Piya (Devdas) or the classical Har Taraf (Saaya) or the Hindustani kind Piyu Bole (Parineeta) or the fast numbers Dil Liya (Dhol) and the recent Ye Ishq (Jab We Met), she has made them all 99.9 % perfect in my opinion. Sir Vivian Richards once said that Sachin Tendulkar is 99.5% perfect in technique and I just hope Shreya receives a similar compliment from a music legend.


She’s a sensation down south as well. I have no idea about her malayalam or telugu songs but she’s too good in tamil. Introduced by the maestro Ilayaraja himself in the movie Album, she’s been part of some wonderful compositions. I was of the opinion that her songs are only melodies down south like Khajuraho, Ninaithu Ninaithu, Munbe Vaa, Uruguthe etc.. but her recent Thaiya Thaiya (Vellithirai) has proved me wrong. It’s a fast number on the lines of Ye Ishq Hai or Dil Liya..In a recent interview to The Hindu, S.P.B admitted that he could do nothing but admire Shreya Ghoshal (but his definitely can't better my admiration) and rates her better than her contemporaries. He was quoted as saying “What makes her special is her keenness to learn languages and this is why she's a big hit down south. Her tamil diction is so very good and her pronunciation of "zha" is what surprises me”.Cheeni Kum by Ilayaraja has all songs sung by this melody queen.In that same interview to Rajeev Masand, she rated Cheeni Kum as her favourite album of 2007 just because it was Ilayaraja’s. Another great aspect of Shreya is that she can make an impact to a song in no time...for eg, her contribution to the song Mein Agar Kahoon (OSO) was just for 31 sec and wow!!....she has just made it terrific and, in my opinion, beautified Padukone.

It's tough for me take my ears away when I listen to Shreya Ghoshal sing.
Credit goes to my mp3 player which acts as a "NOKIA" connecting me with Shreya Ghoshal. Just like the film Kaadhal Kotai, I had fallen in love with her even before seeing her/her picture online. When I googled , it was a sweet surprise to see her look ravishing and so so beautiful. It was something unexpected and my love for her only grew taller ...Was it her beauty or her voice which made me fall for her???? Without an iota of doubt, I can say it was definitely her voice which inspired and made me admire her but Shreya Ghoshal is a confluence where melody and beauty meet.

My life will be incomplete if I don't meet her atleast once in my life. My everlasting desire is to meet her, chat for a while to tell her how crazy she has driven me, take a photograph alongside her. I just hope my wishes come true one day... Shreya, are you listening??? If you’re, I’ll lift the lines from your recent song U Me Aur Hum to say “YOU’RE DRIVING ME INSANE”.

Do leave your comments after reading.This is a fan's tribute to his favorite singer. The respect and the adulation here is much more than what an Om had for his Shanti in Om Shanti Om. So here you go.....

Tumko paya hai to jaise khoya hoon
Kehna chahoon bhi to tumse kya kahon

Kisi zabaon mein bhi woh labaz hi nahi
Ki jeene mein tum ho kya tumhein mein bata sakun

Main aagar kahoon tumsa haseen
kaynaat mein Nai hai kahin
Tareef yeh bhi to sach hai kuch bhi nahi


I wish Shreya Ghoshal reads it one day. I pray God for that to happen


A Shreya Ghoshal fan always,
Rajesh

54 comments:

Muralimagic said...

Being a shreya fan myself...i just cant help the admiration and respect that i have for the sensation that shreya is..."National award"..."17 yrs old"..made me think what was i doing having grown for 20 years frm then she became one of my inspirations...and seeing the enthusiasm with which rajesh has penned this article.....i just have to accept that he is a greater fan
of shreya than me...and i feel this blog is a befitting ode to the singing sensation named Shreya Ghoshal..

R.B said...

nice and a panegyric tribute to a great singer.Though not a frenzied fan of shreya like you, the gamut of her voice amazes me every time i listen to her.It was nice to see her saying that one composer for whom she would sing without salary is ILAYARAJA.your article clearly shows you hav analysed every song of her and its nuances...great going da. continue this music mania:))))

Chandrasekharan said...

intereseting post... u ll meet her 4 sure...

Rahul said...

Feeling jealous of u... I consider myself her biggest fan and cant see any1 else loving her more than me :)

Mimo said...

hey great job da! welcome back to the world of blogging! im a huge shreya goshal fan too! i just cant stop listening to "yeh ishq hai" from jab we met..... god..... TOO GOOD!!! "morey piya" frm devdas is another of my favourites.... anyway, i learnt a lot about her from ur post... thanks!

alekhya said...

am a biiiiiigg shreya fan myself..so it was really nice to c somebody write such beautiful lines abt her..
hope ur wish comes true buddy..

sindhu said...

oh wow!! its just amazing 2 c a fan like u..even i love her songs..u know wat..m aspiring 2 becum a singer like her..n m sure u r gonna meet her one day..great job.keep us updated abt her forth comin projects..

Debasmita said...

Great Job!! Me too a gr8 fan of good music and so a fan of Shreya too... But definitely not able to express those so perfectly in words.. Well done.. Best of luck..

Anshul said...

kool, nice way to show ur concern for her. I hope your wish would soon become true!:)

aarti ramani said...

Being a diehard fan of shreya Ghoshal i just loved reading wat you had written.It was so very beautifully written and it was also so very inspiring .Congrats for the good work and i would surely like to read more frm u.

Sriram said...

Very good post man.. I could sense how much you loved her music from the way you spoke to me today..hope u get to meet her :)

Anonymous said...

Heyaaa...Relliii nyzzz Effort...*AwSuM*..keep itt up..

Evn m a *DiEhArD* fann...n ol d tingzz u rote bout' hr..weree lykk wow..kewl..u'l surely meett hr smdayy... :)

Anonymous said...

Heyaaa...Relliii nyzzz Effort...*AwSuM*..keep itt up..

Evn m a *DiEhArD* fann...n ol d tingzz u rote bout' hr..weree lykk wow..kewl..u'l surely meett hr smdayy... :)

BsT RGRDZ:
Damini

Shreya said...

hey rajesh i am impressed wid da effort u have put in creatin dis blog..it signifies dat.....no doubt u r a die hard fan of shreya ghoshal..i hope u meet her sum day..n have da courage to convey ur feelings 4 her...she is lucky to have got such a wonderful fan of hers.all da best...

Sagar said...

Hi Rajesh, that was an impressive blog!! Shreya is definitely the best of all!! She has the most amazing voice I have ever heard!!

Just like you, its my desire too to meet her once before I die!! I regularly keep listening to her songs on my sony ericsson mobile phone!!

Though all her songs are good, my most favourite ones are - Mere Dholna Sun, Aa paas aa, Aai jo teri yaad, Bepanha pyar hai, Ishq hua hi hua, Jadu hai, Silsila ye chaahat ka... and some 50 more!! :-)

I wish ur desire comes true some day (and mine too!!).

She is the best!! Cheerz for Shreya!

priya said...

wow, nice 2 read abt my evergreen n al time favourite singer.gr8 job frnd!!and of course she is a gifted child..as u say the song munbe vaa is driving me mad n i listen to it, almost 100 times a day, whr my frnds get totally irritated. im mad,mad,mad,totally mad abt her voice. i love u shreya!! keep rockin!!

laya said...

Shreya goshal could finish her autobiography from your blog i guess :p My all time favourite song of hers would be yeh ishq hai from Jab we met.. Not to worry buddy, one day you might just be face to face with the nightingale.. Godspeed!

kanchan said...

Simply superb...a totally different way to show the concern abt ur favourite artist.no doubt she deserve it or may be more than that..mindblowing post...

Anindya Sankar said...

ohhh... i am in a postion much similar to yours..... in fact i am rather feeling jealous of you now....i am quite a n introvert...i
never really share my feelings with others....but after seeing your blog i thought it was a good way to express ur feelings for somebody........
pls.. reply to my comment....

Rajesh said...

Hi Anindya, go ahead boss...there's nothing wrong in expressing ur love for someone provided it's genuine.. unlike u, I won't be jealous coz I'm sure my respect/love for her is much more than anybody's but think of a better way to express so that it reaches her :)

Anindya Sankar said...

hi rajesh!! don't mind for that....it was just an instant feelin i had after i read ur blog....anyways...go on .my friend... who knows...one day ur wish may really come true...

Rajesh said...

Thanks Anindya..I wud lik to thank one and all for having posted such wonderful and encouraging comments. It has really taken my intertest in blogging to the next level. I'll definitely try my best to post articles frequently and for that I'll definitely need ur support. Do read my blog wen u're free and post ur honest comments..Thanks once again.

ajay said...

Dude, You really have penned your heart down i should say. you will surely meet her soon.don't worry da.If you can, get her mail ID and mail this blog to her.This might be a ticket to meet the connoisseur of the art of singing.and she really deserves this appreciation..

meghna said...

well i am also a very big fan of shreya ghoshal and i am lucky to get a autograph by her .....and i can understand how much it means to u so i wish u all da best and would realy want u to meet her ...and ya ur writen matter is realy awsome ..so all the best in for all ur wishes ans i hope that they come true ...

Divya said...

Talk about speaking one's heart..:).. U just did that.. The post made me all emotional.. I will give you the guarantee that you will meet her one day.. Well written post.. Do write more..
BTW, i never knew you read Richard Bach.. :O

meghna said...

well i myself an a big fan of shreya ghoshal ...and i am lucky to hav her autograph and i know how imp it must be for u ...so i realy wish u all the best so that u can meet her coz she is realy very sweet and no doubt beautiful ...so all the best may God listen to ur prayers ...

shree said...

hi rajesh.....!!!!
even am a big fan of shreya.... my hearty wishes 2 ur efforts... u hv done an amazing work... let ur wishes come true all d very best....!!!!!

Rajesh said...

hi meghna, may i kno how u managed to get her autograph?. if u have any contact wit her, i may need ur help 2 meet her or make her read my blog... :)

Jagadish said...

nice post da... even i am one of her die hard fans... good analysis there... u will definitle meet her dont worry... and ya congrats for resurrecting ur bloggers life!

Honey said...

i love her voice
for 4 years i have not been able to listen to any song other than suna suna ..
i love aa paas aa from ankahi equally
i really feel very bad that i cant understand and enjoy munbe va

veens said...

Rajesh.......hats off to u..u have absolutely brought out the fact which i had in my mind about Shreya ghoshal.it seems like a love letter u have written to her.definitely she wud see ths blog of urs one day or the other.definitely u r going to meet her.keep blogging......xpecting much from u.take care...

veena

nitin said...

too gud rajesh. hmm may be mind blowing. well. one thing's for sure koyi kisise itna pyaar kaise kar sakh tha hai. u'll surely meet her dude. keep going n keep up the gud work.

Rajesh said...

love letter..??.am i that good at it ???.. maybe i can look out for a girlfriend now..hee..hee..:)

Friday, 4 April, 2008 11:40:00 PM IST

janu said...

me toooo a grt fan of shreya...n i haven't read d article fully...hwever i no abt her....d song "unna vida" was ma all tym fav...n every nite i used 2 hear dat song...i won't believe d fact dat she doesn't know tamil......k keep bloggin.....

Nishant said...

Hey Rajesh,U have done a gr8 job.Our shreya really rocks.When Shreya entered the industry,Anu Malik said,"Shreya is even better than the established singers".He was actually right.Now she has taken over all teh established sigers.That is called the magic of a real and a unique singer.

anywayz,gr8 work rajesh

JVV Sharma said...

hmmm
I thought am the only person affected by my Nightingale ... sorry our...

good to see that these many people of my kind are there .....
wid loads of luv ...Shreya ....

a proud ... of hers
Viswa

shalini said...

even me a die hard fan of shreya ghoshal....her voice is awsm...but cant bliv that u r really really a big fan of her than me...i wont say that i cant help u n all...any how after she reading ur article...u c she will b suprised that she has a very big fan lik u......
dont eva worry guy u will meet her soon...d 2 wrdz i conclude with
TRUST ME.......

Anonymous said...

I havent heard to saansein maddham hai before reading this post.. I downloaded, started playing it and soon realized it was a hindi version of one of my fav songs in telugu. Seriously, the lyrics in hindi didn't match the tune and as a fact the tune had to be changed at certain points. If you have time, listen to the original version "Nuvve naa swaasa" from Okariki Okaru or Okarikokaru starring Sri Ram, Sneha. I consider Munbe Vaa as the best song of Shreya's, the next on my list wud be Nuvve naa swaasa.

Usha Pisharody said...

It was the title that caught my eye:)
Being a die hard Richard Bach fan, and this being among the best loved of his books, I was drawn to this one:)

Thank you for the education I received here, and certainly I shall look out to listen to more of Shreya's songs:)

By the way, did you finally get to read the book? If not, please do:) You'll find it very encouraging, and dont worry its not your usual romantic fable that it holds: it's something that drives you to believe in that person:)

Kudos, for a fine write up:)

durga said...

undoubtedly Miss Ghoshal is a legend in the making..

she s not my 'most-fav' singer but i like her nevertheless..

true..her voice is different(never heard before)..

an when u meet her..don leave me out..i want 2 tel her 2 try her hand at modelling and acting..she s a lot better than vasundhara das an is def comparable 2 mamata mohandas..
a divine voice and an angelic face..no wonder ur hormones r fluttering..

mona said...

lovely post... heartfelt n genuine... really enjoyed readin it... hope u meet her realy soon!!

Rajesh said...

I wish Shreya Ghoshal reads it one day...and if she doers, thats the HAPPIEST DAY IN MY LIFE

Shreya Ghoshal said...

Dear Rajesh,

I dont know what to write..

This is the first time I'm writing a comment in a blog. Few of my friends spotted this and sent me a link. Firstly, thank you for being a true music lover and then appreciating my work. I hope i can sing some more songs which will be treasured by fans like you all as well as me.

Love

Shreya Ghoshal

Rajesh said...

@Shreya
I'm actually crying here...U know how much it means to me???? I mean....I m so much touched....U are a celebrity....U posting a comment here...wow!!!! Unbelievable!! Whats happening with me???? I've never been so happy....

Meeting U is an ambition in life...I heard U came as a chief guest to one culturals that happened last week at chennai..some Chettiar school....I wanted to come but since m busy with CAT preparations...I couldn't..

Thanksa lot for commenting...I seriously wanna meet U...please accept this Fan's request...its heart-felt...I really mean...please mail me rajesh.sri88@gmail.com ... Please....I promise I wont give ur mail id to anyone....Please!!!!

Hope u read this comment...if u happen to, please please mail me...

Shreya !! I m ur biggest fan... U r the best singer in India

Anonymous said...

hey rajesh.....semmmma da....wat else can i say...congrats...m so happy 4 u...even i pray that she ll mail u back n tat u ll be able to meet her some day...kallakitta da...sreeja

The Lover said...

hey congrats bro...this is soo weird...the one i am in love wid is shreya kant and she is a singer too...n u wont believe wat hapened on 3rd...she said she loved me!! visit my blog to read abt it!!!

The Solitary Writer. said...

hey congrats brother...finally shreya goshal read this post of urs.....no wonder ur a big fan of her.....congrats

lost said...

Congrats! Dreams do come true.....

badrinath said...
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badrinath said...

well i'm also a diehard fan of shreya but i am not able to put it in words. whenever i feel depressed i listen to her songs. congrats man u have done it and got the reply.

bharath said...

dreams coming true...... tears leaking out of ur eyes.... man i can feel how it would've been for u after meeting SG..... am so happy for u da...


when i heard tat u were given preferential treatment by SG when u met her, makes me sort of jealous of u da.... u've always been one diehard fan of SG & am sure SG'll beep in touch with u in the future....


keep rocking da....

Sanket Rathod said...

I havent yet seen Om Shanti Om. At least not back to back. But you made me dig out an Om Shanti Om Cd and listen to 'Main Agar Kahoon' !!!

And I'm glad I did! It WAS worth those 31 secs. All 31 seconds.

Well... ur story is now history! Congrats!

abhijeet said...

Hi Shreya,

Ever since I saw you from 1996 onwards You drive me crazy with your songs. I find you & your songs in my every day life. Your hard work & sincerity towards music would only see you touch the highest peak.

Though I am not a celebrity like you do but still I manage a good respect in IT professional field in India. I am a well established bengali guy from Delhi.

Would love to get in touch with you if you are there.

Abhijeet

Priya said...

hi rajesh dis is the second blog of ur's which am reading.superb.hats off to u.and ur dream came true.another thing on seeing ur comments "Shreya Di" commented on ur's.tats a great thing.Congrats.