Inteha – A warm sitar with the laziness of a sunny morning opens up the first ghazal of this album. This composition is ‘typically Jagjit singh’ from the word go. A healthy embrace of the tabla with gentle miracle (the one that gets treble in a song). The lyrics are very romantic and the treatment is very song-like, but it all makes up for a wonderful ghazal to start the album. Penned by Payyam Sayeedi, this ghazal will bowl you over…with romance

Aapke dil ne – Keyboard whistle welcomes you with some semi-heavy violins and just when you are about to lose yourself in the orchestrisation, Jagjit singh holds your hand to paint the picture of a lover who can come anywhere, anytime if ‘someone’ calls him/her from the heart. I can’t help but feel that the treatment here is also very song-like. Jagjit singh sounds very romantic yet again and this is quite a good sign because a doofas like me enjoys the ghazals of pain more than the romantic ones….not in this case though! The sheer attitude and fearlessness of someone in love is put across in a subtle manner with an ‘oh-so-romantic’ Jagjit singh. This one will make you reach out to the ‘repeat’ button for sure. The manner in which Jagjit singh ends just goes on to highlight the romantic helplessness of a lover who cannot stop herself/himself to meet the love of his life. This one will go well with red wine and dim lights!

Khoob Nidhegi hum dono mein – Faragh Ruhavi has penned this one. With a pinch of sadness and helplessness, this one is special. Why special? For it remarkably points out the times when one finds solace in someone else because they have both suffered the same things in life and have been reduced to what they are. Jagjit singh sounds positively mature in this ghazal. Watch how he sings ‘Main bhi hoon toota toota sa, bikhra bikhra tub hi hai, Khoob nibhegi hum dono mein, mere jaisa tub hi hai’. A bit of tabla, some flute, sautéed with sitar and light electronic drums is a perfect recipe for a soulful ghazal like this. You won’t be able to resist the ‘oof! This has happened with me’ smile when you hear this one…for sure

Aaina Saamne Rakhogey to – Oh! That’s more like the Jagjit singh we know! A somewhat sad and soulful piece penned by Rajinder Rahuvar takes us back to ‘lover in pain’ era. A sad lover is reminiscing the days of joys and the times when he was celebrating with her lady love and is reminding her that she would be missing him in the days (and long nights) to come…even when she sits in front of the mirror. No wonder Jagjit singh chose an insightful Sarod with a violin to start this ghazal with a well complimenting tabla and sitar to maintain the same slowness throughout. Again hear out when Jagjit singh goes ‘Ab ki barsaat mein bheegogey to yaad aaunga’! Oh it hurts…and hurts well!

Kuch Khona Kuch Paana chalta rehta hai – Life, it goes on. That’s it! This is the idea communicated with this ghazal and HOW! Heavy violins (pausing in between), accompanied with electronic drums create a perfect ‘story telling’ effect as Jagjit singh takes us through this journey. The poet (Sanjay Masoom) takes the instances like communal harmony, death, failure. I can’t help but make a special mention about the antra that goes like this

Hindu muslim aatey jaatey rehtey hain
Nukkad ka Maikhana chalta rehta hai

Wow! Just hear it to see what simple lyrics can do when they are sung by Jagjit singh!

Manzliein kya hai raasta kya hai – The poet Aalok Shrivastava comes up with a ghazal full of ‘can walk, will run’ attitude. Jagjit singh has touched this kind of Ghazal after a long time. The last I heard him singing something like this was ‘Phir aaj mujhe tumko bas itna batana hai, hansna hi jeevan hai, hanstey hi jaana hai’ from the film AAJ. With consummate ease, Jagjit singh leaves you high spirited with a bit of romance poured on you. How about the entire Mukhda of the Ghazal that goes like this:

‘Manzilein kya hai, raasta kya hai
Hausla ho to raasta kya hai’

Heck! Let me put this as well (one of the stanza)

Tum hamarey paas baithe ho
Ab dawa kaisi, aur dua kya hai??

True, with love it is possible what is not otherwise

Door talak Veerana hai – A truly ‘nomadic’ soul is what this composition is blessed. ‘Dafli and sarod’ give a perfect ‘banjara’ feel to this ghazal wherein the poet Amjad Islam gets philosophical and reflects on a journey which has to be continued…even if what surrounds you is deserted pathways and darkness. An almost haunting violin takes it away from Jagjit singh occasionally only to come back to you with more impact. Life goes on and the only way to get over it is to get through it. Simple Ghazal…very nicely done!

Din dooba tum yaad aaye – Lyrics Naseem ajmeri. A slow ghazal sung in very low notes by Jagjit singh touches you immediately. If you have heard ‘Khamoshi Khud apni sadaa ho’ from Insearch, you will connect more with this Ghazal. You cannot help but feel this Ghazal conveys a deep sense of loss (the one you feel when your loved ones leave you forever). Skeptics might argue that this one is a mood dampener in the whole album, but then that’s what life is…sudden and unpredictable. The last time I heard Jagjit singh in this tone was ‘Chitthi na koi sandes’ from Dushman. This ghazal is different because it’s slower than the Dushman song. A very slow guitar starts this Ghazal and ends it..closing the doors and with it the people who will forever be with us….

I can never imagine ‘reviewing’ Jagjit singh. The album is a ‘must have’ just like all the other original albums by Ghazaljeet singh. After this write up, if you feel there is anything wrong with this album, the fault is entirely mine

Peace and equanimity