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The Russian folk song and its Hindi cover “Darling” in “7 khoon maaf”

A favourite song I often listen to a lot, is “Darling”, from the movie “7 khoon maaf

The movie is based on a short story by Ruskin Bond titled “Susanna’s seven husbands”. The song “Darling” is basically a Hindi cover version of the famous Russian folk song “Kalinka“.

The song has a speedy tempo and its tempo increases consistently over and over again.

It is performed ever so brilliantly by Usha Uthup and Rekha Bharadwaj.

Here is how the original goes if you are wondering.

It is a tune you might here with the Russia theme for the Civilization VI game and also Tetris uses Kalinka.

Usha Uthup’s brilliance

Getting back to Usha Uthup who sang in “7 khoon maaf”, I recently saw the movie Bombay to Goa. The story is rather whimsical and the comedy formulaic at times.

But there is this brilliant bit of Usha Uthup flipping back and forth between two different songs.

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What’s really important in your life?

A couple of days ago, I met a friend with whom I went on a very long walk. We walked for over 3 hours, waiting for breakfast, coffee later and some cheesecake by noon. There is something great about walking and talking with a friend for hours. For some reason there is a lot of clarity and elasticity in thought while thinking about things during a walk.

So I wondered if the best way to enjoy my walk was not just walk to music but also listen to a podcast and think about things. Today I loaded listened to Atul Gawande and Tom Jennings talking about mortality.

There is a lot to take away from that podcast with quotes like

What is turning out to be the powerful way of actually having this conversation is, you put the pills down, and you talk to the patient and you say: ‘What’s really important in your life?’

While listening to it can tear you up a bit, especially if you have lost someone, but it has a lot of amazing insights into how we view our work and how it can make a difference.