“Hai apna dil toh awara, najane kispe aayega”
On my way to work this morning, someone on a radio show requested this song by Hemant Kumar to be played. Music by S D Burman. Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. A young and dashing Dev Anand at his best trying to woo Waheeda Rehman. And the song took me way back into memory lane.
I completed my high school in March 1999 here in UAE. And like countless others, relocated to India for my engineering. Got into a decent college and thus started the most memorable years of my life – my engineering years! Ask any engineer and he/she will second that.
My branch was computer science. And we had the most number of girls in our class. And the best I must add. Compare this to guys from other branches like mechanical or electrical – the boy to girl ratio was 60:1. Not exaggerating. The class strength was 60-65 and usually had 1 or if they were lucky, at most 2 girls. While in our branch, the ratio was 1:1. Ain’t that cool?
So if was quite natural of us boys to feel that it is only a matter of time before we got hooked up with a girl. But we still needed to do the preying. Lay the field out, you know. And what better time but the first class trip.
And with full energy and ishtyle, we began our mission. And by we, I mean atleast 10-12 guys in our group. Others didn’t give a damn. Anyways, our college was still very conservative. Most of the girls stuck together. And this being the first trip, we hardly knew each other. Half way into the day and still the ice was not broken. Guys separate, girls separate. And then someone from our group started humming this song:
“Hai apna dil toh awara, najane kispe aayega”.
And it caught on. Like a wildfire. Each one of us started singing and targeting it towards our “chosen ones”. Hoping that someone would take notice. Notice they did. Some started smiling. Some started singing. Others still ignored. But atleast we got an idea on who is who and how.
We were all 17-18 year olds. First few weeks into college. All freaked out at leaving families behind. New city. New college. Engineering. Ragging. Studies, peer pressure and so on.
But this one song helped put everything behind. New friendships were built. New relationships developed. New sparks. Some of them even got married to each other. Some are still friends today. While some I still don’t know their names! 😉
We had several more trips, numerous friends, many many fantastic experiences through those 4 years but that first trip is still the most memorable. Incredible how one song from nearly 40 years back was able to do something so unforgettable even today!
For the record, I did not ‘win’ any girl that day. I was not part of the hunt. You see, I already had my eyes on this girl who was my neighbor.
She is my wife today! 🙂
For the uninformed, here’s the link to that song: