Happy 3rd Birthday to My Blog and a Quiz

24 Apr

How time flies! I have a feeling that the last quiz was some two months ago and in fact a year has passed since and my nanha munha blog is already three years old. Happy Birthday my dear harveypam blog. You have given me many moments of pleasure and have always been an outlet for my creative energy. More than that, lots of thanks goes to the readers of this blog and the commentators, who have always encouraged me and sent me many songs, which were new for me. The comments also provided me with information, which I didn’t have before. Besides info and songs, it was always fun to communicate with you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Happy Birthday
I have already written about the blog’s past history and the form it has taken now. And this quiz has a lot to do with it. This quiz-pattern isn’t my invention. Some Hindi-Filmi-Sangeet deewane had been practising it on the discussion forum (RMIM) for a long long time. Here is an example. Since few years it has been abandoned.
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This is how the quiz works. The aim is to recognise the song from its antara.
Here is an antara of a song:
main tumhari daasi janam ki pyaasi
tumhi ho mera shringar pritam
tumhari raste ki dhuul le kar
main maang apni sada bharungi
Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam - Na Jaao Saiyan

Then comes the clue:
Asking the beloved not to go with the threat of breaking into tears is an old trick known to the master, his wife, his slave and also the fish.

If you already know this antara (which I think you will), you know which song I mean. If you don’t, then ‘Asking the beloved not to go with the threat of breaking into tears provides you the clue to the mukhda of the song na jaao saiyan chhuda ke baiyan, kasam tumhari main ro padungi.
The words ‘the master, his wife, his slave’ gives the clue to the title of the film Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam.
The word fish is clue to the actress on whom the song is filmed, Meena Kumari. Meena in Sanskrit means a fish.

For correctly guessing the song and naming it, in this case: na jaao saiyan chhuda ke baiyan you get five points and further points for naming the name of the film, music director, playback singer(s), lyricists, actor(s)/actress(es) on whom the song is filmed and recognising the three clues.

na jaao saiyan chhuda ke baiyan…………………………………….5 points
Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam………………………………………………….1 point
Music Director: Hemant Kumar……………………………………….1 point
Playback singer: Geeta Dutt…………………………………………..1 point
Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni…………………………………………….1 point
Filmed on: Meena Kumari………………………………………….1 point
Recognising all the three clues and explaining them…………….3 points

And if you can answer why particularly the songs below were chosen for this post, you get extra 20 points.
So totally you can win 150 points

Unlike the last quiz, this quiz has songs, which are generally known by old Hindi film song lovers. I know that the term ‘generally known’ is not easily applicable. I myself didn’t know the ‘allegedly’ famous song dilruba dil pe tu from Rajkumar [1964]. The screen shots shown ARE from the videos of the songs. Except for one, the lyrics of all the songs are to be found on Atul’s Song A Day.

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till 6th of May 2012, 2400 hrs Central European Time.

Scores & Results
The person who scores the maximum number of points is the winner. Multiple winners are possible. You can also keep your answers to yourselves and check the answers, when I post it. If it is okay with you, I will post a list of the persons who participated and their score with the results on 6th of May 2013.

Fun while solving it.
I hope you enjoy solving this quiz

1. dil ke phasane, dil bhii na jane
tum ko saajan, dil ki lagan, kaise bataaye
Lotus-like girl in the youthful season is feeling the cool breezes blowing.

2. kabhi roye to aap hi hans diye ham
chhoti chhoti khushi chhote chhote wo gum
Moon-Art remembers the childhood days spent like a butterfly. Butterfly of a good pedigree, I would say!

3. ham ne dil de bhi diyaa ahd-e-wafa le bhi liya
aap ab shauq se dede jo saza dete hai
This stringed instrument under a big white mausoleum is being punished for love.

4. main kahungi gum sahungi chupp rahungi
kya bebas hoon lekin nahin main bezubaan
Gold passes through flames to become pure they say, but is it necessary that it should dance till it dies?

5. malum na tha itni
mushqil hain meri raahe
armaan ke bahe aasu
hasrat ne bhari aahen
The Emperor of the world is a good title, but it doesn’t help you much if you have a broken heart and don’t want to live anymore. Riding a Cycle is a good heart exercise though!

6. nanhi si jaan meri kaho na jalaoge
chod ke mujhe kahin chale to na jaoge
The sacred poem surely doesn’t have the lines to the effect: don’t go after meeting the eyes. But if your elder sister says so, then it must be so.

7. saas ke toofaan kaise chupau
aankhen kya kya dekh rahi hain
dil pe guzare kaise bataau
How does one go about coming hither only a bit? Most probably only the coy boy toy Roy can imagine that someplace where the sun rises.

8. mujhpar yakin ab kam sahi
main saadaa dil-mujrim sahi
in ke liye ae mohtram cheda
kisi aur ko tha khuda ki kasam
Elvis and a wish sounds like a fish, though he tries to deny it and blames it on somebody above the second floor.

9. jaati bahaaren hai uth ti jawaniyaa
taaron ki chhaon me pehle kahaniya
ek baar chal diye agar tujhe pukar ke
laut kar naa aaenge kaafile baharke
Dave has spread the net. I wonder if the night and moonlight will really not come again.

10. un se nazr kya milli
khil gai dil ki kalii
jhum ke chaai bahar
fuut pada dil se pyar
Miss Fish belongs under water, but through the magician’s spell she has landed in the pedestrian zone.

Please do give me feedback if the quiz was too easy or too hard or just right enough. When I went through the post it seems to easy for me, because I know the answers already, that is why your feedback would be highly appreciated.
I wish you all lots of fun at guessing and working the clues out. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Looking forward to your answers!

h a r v e y b l o g (a) h o t m a i l dot c o m

Today I got the news that our beloved Shamshad Begum is no more! May she rest in peace!
Thank you Shamshad for the great legacy, you leave behind. They will always be a source of pleasure for us. Thank you!


Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Bollywood, Lists, Quiz


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89 responses to “Happy 3rd Birthday to My Blog and a Quiz

  1. thandapani

    April 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I was able to figure out 7 on the first go. Not bad eh? Thank god for paying attn to the entire song, and not just the opening lines 😀

    The quiz is just right. Mushkil enough. Esp that you have set us the task to find out everything about the song, for the greed of wanting more marks.

    I will work more on it in the evening and send you my responses.


    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      And I thought no. 7 was the most difficult one!
      Then the others will be cake walk for you!

      • thandapani

        April 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Sl no 7 nahi. I was able to figure of total of 7. No 7 nahi maloom chal raha.

        • harveypam

          April 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

          No. 7 is a song, which I am sure, you like a lot!
          The antara is a bit of a challenge. But the other clues should be of help for sure!

    • Lalitha

      April 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      You figured out 7 already? Wow! I know nos. 3 and 5, the rest need more time, and Harvey doesn’t let one off easily. He wants to know everything, that will take a lot more time.

      • thandapani

        April 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        Most of them are easy, Lalitha 🙂

      • harveypam

        April 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        Well once you have the song the rest is easy, isn’t it?
        I am glad you are enjoying it!

      • harveypam

        April 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        What about no. 2? That is easy!

    • dustedoff

      April 25, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Same here! I was able to figure out seven of the songs as I read through the post. 😀

      Good one, harvey. Happy birthday to your blog, and may you give us many more delightful posts over the years to come!

      • harveypam

        April 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

        Thank you Madhu!
        Very sweet!

    • bombaynoir

      April 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Heheheh, same here! 😀 I love that song so much!

      • harveypam

        April 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

        You mean the no.2, Sasha?

  2. thandapani

    April 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    btw… janamdin mubarak ho.

  3. Lalitha

    April 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Harvey, how do you do it? “Coy toy boy Roy”? “Elvis and a wish sounds like a fish”? No wonder you are the one doing all the research about flowers and plants, you have the brains – my hat’s off to you! I will need at least two weeks, maybe more, to figure out these clues. Let me see.

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      doing research?
      The last few years I have been reduced to a counting machine. Okay a walking-talking-writing and always a very hungry counting machine, but all the same a counting machine! *exasperated look* 😉
      You have 12 days! You’ll manage.

  4. thandapani

    April 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    OKAY sab pata chal gaye. V V V Clever Mr. Harvoo. 🙂

  5. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    April 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Harvey ji,
    Congrats and Happy Birthday to your Blog.
    The quiz …..
    Bahot dar lagta hai…
    Kya karoon ?
    try karoon ya mazey dekhoon ?
    Sab achha to chal raha tha,phir ye kyun beech mein hi ?
    Sochana padega !


    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you Arunji!
      Aapko dar lagta hai? Aise kaho ke prashno ko aap se dar lagta hai!

  6. Anu Warrier

    April 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Harveyblog. Wasn’t it just yesterday you made my life difficult with another quiz? Hmph! Now I have to go and think? Deep sigh. With half a brain cell? Deeper sigh. You are mean, Harvey…. deepest sigh….

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Yesterday! A quiz? What? When? Poor me!
      I would never dream of making your life difficult. Only thinking of how I can make your life a bed of roses. Yes, I do!
      Your half a brain cell is worth more than two of my brains!
      You’ll surely manage it!

  7. coolone160

    April 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    First of all Happy Birthday to the Blog!! The moon-art,Elvis,net and the boy’s toy were very helpful. #7 is my personal favorite. #4 set me scratching my head again……………….

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you cool one!
      BTW it is not a boy’s toy but a boy toy! 😉
      No. 7 is a great song, isn’t it? Love it too!
      No. 4 was very famous in its days, don’t know, how it is now!
      All the best!

      • coolone160

        April 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Thanks! now I have deciphered the “gold” in #4.Thank you very much for the hint 🙂

        • harveypam

          April 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          The gold does dance well, doesn’t it?

          • coolone160

            April 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm

            Indeed! There is a post coming up on my blog the on the dancing “gold” soon 😉

            • harveypam

              April 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

              wow! you should post it after the quiz.

              • coolone160

                April 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

                Thy secret will shall remain a secret :).I was still working on the draft when I came across this post.There will be no allusion or inclusion of “the golden song’ in it 😉

                • harveypam

                  April 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

                  You are a hoot!
                  The line “you should post it after the quiz” wasn’t meant seriously.

                  • coolone160

                    April 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

                    lol! “mazak chalta rehta hai” 🙂

                  • coolone160

                    May 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

                    Sorry I forgot to give you the link for the “dancing gold” :p .Here it is –
                    Waiting for your precious comments ……………

  8. Lalitha

    April 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Okay, I think I know 1 thru 6 and 9, but I still have to think about the rest. O ye clever people, lend me some of your brains! (That’s Ava and AD)

    • thandapani

      April 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      I wish I could Lalitha, but I don’t want you to cheat 🙂 One big hint – Jai Google Dev.

      • harveypam

        April 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        of course you can use google but without it, it is much more fun. You can take it as you like. 🙂

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      You have more than 3/4th of the quiz. The rest is cake walk!

  9. thandapani

    April 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I had to spend some time piecing together the puzzle and making a nice spreadsheet of the answers. Hence took time 🙂 Bhej dala!

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Very good! Will look up the answers as soon as I have finished replying the comments here.

  10. raja

    April 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog, Harvey.
    Lovely quiz. Got a few of the questions right so far – others will need work. A lot of it. 🙂
    No. 7 was an immediate recall for me – LOVE this song!

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Raja!

      I’m glad you like the quiz. No. 7 is also my fav but would never have guessed it alone from the antara.
      Looking forward to your answers. 🙂

  11. raja

    April 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Ok, I got them all, Harvey. Phew!!! *wiping sweat from forehead*
    I think the level of the quiz was just right. It was certainly not easy! And that made it a lot more fun. And it kept me motivated to try – which means I felt it wasn’t beyond me. 😉

    I must admit that for some of the songs, I was very hint-dependent.

    You’ve nicely worked on the pics too. All in all, had a wonderful time with this quiz. Thanks a lot!

    Will be sending the answers to you shortly.

    • harveypam

      April 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I knew you would get it!
      Thank you for your kind words Raja!
      Will look up your answers right away.

  12. pacifist

    April 25, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Happy Birthday Harveypamblog. May it flourish for several years to come giving us so much pleasure.
    The Quiz is just right. I too was very clue dependent. Once that got solved the rest was easy.
    Will send it tomorrow. Was busy all afternoon and only just did it orally. Writing so much of what you’ve demanded takes time ;-).

    • pacifist

      April 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I’ve sent it. yayyyyy!!! 🙂

      • harveypam

        April 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Thank you Pacifist! Congrats!

  13. Anu Warrier

    April 25, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Harvey, you horrible, horrible man – I am lying down with a fevered brow after deciphering all your clues. 😦 Am sending them to you now.

    • Lalitha

      April 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Fevered brow – Anu, you? That should have been a piece of cake for you, considering even I have managed to figure out the songs, and considering I had never heard no. 8 until today.

      • Anu Warrier

        April 25, 2013 at 5:05 am

        I’m horrible at deciphering clues, Lalitha. 😦

      • harveypam

        April 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

        I also don’t believe her Lalitha!

    • harveypam

      April 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Sorry for the furrowed or fevered brow! But it becomes you!

  14. Lalitha

    April 25, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Would you believe it if I said that I heard song no. 8 for the first time today?
    Well, I think I have got all of them, but it will take me some time to do all the extra work you want. My son is coming on Saturday and I want to make some special stuff for him tomorrow and Friday. I may send you some pictures, if they turn out okay.

    By the way, sorry I forgot – Happy birthday and may you live a thousand years (or your blog) and may each year have a thousand days!

    • harveypam

      April 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Really! Wow! A good song, isn’t it?
      I also discovered it very late! In the last decade!

      Thank you dear Lalitha! tumhare munh me swiss chocolates!

      • Lalitha

        April 26, 2013 at 12:04 am

        Swiss chocolates kahan hai? I am waiting here!

        • harveypam

          April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

          The post-delivery is getting worse day by day!

          • Lalitha

            April 27, 2013 at 5:33 am

            Excuses, excuses!

  15. dustedoff

    April 25, 2013 at 7:32 am

    By now everybody must have already sent in their answers, so I shall give this a miss! (Also have a lot of work to get done – I’m going on holiday two weeks from now, and there are just too many things that need to be accomplished before then). But thank you, Harvey – enjoyed this, even if I don’t have the time to write down everything about those seven songs I did manage to identify. 🙂

    • harveypam

      April 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Don’t let it stress you madhu. I want my readers to have fun solving the quiz and not have stress to do it alongside their job(s). Have a nice holiday!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it nevertheless!


    April 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

    WOW, A Happy Birthday. What A way to celebrate!
    The quiz does look challenging…But the source of the lyrics already revealed and in the days of YT this may not turn out to be as challenging… Le us see.

    • harveypam

      April 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Thank you Ashok!
      It depends on you, how you would like to solve it. You know the easy way and you know the hard way. A challenge for the good ol’ grey cells is always fun, isn’t it?


        April 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

        I agree. When I have chosen the right way, I do realize that it is certainly not easy to crack the quiz.

        • harveypam

          April 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

          There is no right and wrong here. I don’t want you to have conscience bites. My only wish is you have fun while solving the quiz. That is the main aim!
          I see you are already enjoying it! 🙂

  17. World of Cinema

    April 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog. I know all the answers, I knew them on first reading, you see I am so great that I will not participate in the quiz, after all shouldn’t I give the others a chance? HA!HA!
    Don’t tell me you actually believed all that I mentioned above? Barring one (it was so obvious) I hardly have the time to break my head over the others. I am involved in some activity as a result I have not been able to start on my own blog posts. So what is the harm in dreaming that had I worked on it I would have got all of them. Like my father used to say,”there is no harm in dreaming, you do not have to pay income tax on it”. Well then all the best to you and your blog.—Shilpi

    • harveypam

      April 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      I really believed you! In fact, I don’t believe the second part! 🙂
      I will accept the first statement as the truth!
      As you and your father say, there is no harm in dreaming…!

      Dear Shilpi, as I have told others this quiz is for having fun and not having stress. You can come and have a look at it any time, when you have some spare time on hand and would like to task your little grey cells.

      It is all okay, if you don’t participate.

      Wish you all the best with your work!

      • World of Cinema

        April 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Thanks Harvey, tell you what I will not see the answers when you post them I will try my hand at quiz as and when I get the time and then match the answers, just to see how knowledgeable I really am.

        • harveypam

          April 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

          That is a good idea, Shilpi! Wish you fun with the quiz!

  18. Chris

    April 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Happy Birthday to the Blog!! 🙂 It is a very interesting quiz, I got 4 while reading the post. the 3 and 10 were the toughest.Sending the answers (of all) now. No.10 must be first of its kind. Is it?

    • harveypam

      April 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thank you Chris!
      No the no. 10 is not first of its kind. Remember Aan? And also Chitralekha [1941]!

  19. Songs Of Yore

    April 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Heartiest congratulations! Many happy returns of the day.

    I have posted my answers to the quiz. Since you have not mentined any do’s or don’ts, I took it as a take-home exam with full access to any source. I hope that is fair, and I do not lose any marks for that.

    In a class room examination without books, I would have got not more than 50%, so the quiz is not easy at all. The charm lies in your excellent clues. Keep on quizzing, and if theare are any regulations on cheating please let us know.


    • harveypam

      April 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Thank you AK! Thanks for the appreciation!

      Remember this is a quiz and not the final exams. Main aim is to have fun! So you can use any sources you like. The only rule is don’t stress yourself. Aur tenshan nahin leneka, kya? Haan! 😉

  20. Shalini

    April 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Happy Birthday, Harvey’s Blog! 🙂 May you be active for another 100 years. Thanks for resurrecting the RJGK quiz, Harvey…brings back fond memories.

    • harveypam

      April 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      So you are the same Shalini! I remember your witty and knowledgeable contributions and comments there. I came at the end phase of it.
      Thank you Shalini! So glad…!
      I still go through the old quizzes (is that a word?). And since I have a rotten memory it is still much fun solving them. Although with youtube, giitaayan and atul’s songs, one has much more sources at hand than during those days!

  21. bombaynoir

    April 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Harvey! Gosh, has it really been a whole year? :O I’m sorry for not being around once again, you know, homework, and exams coming up, so, yeah… I’m gonna have fun with this quiz and hopefully my internet won’t quit on me like last time! 😀

    • harveypam

      April 28, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Yeah, the final exams and all! They must be taking their toll on you! You poor girl! But soon they will be over and then you can enjoy the summer vacation! Have fun!

      • bombaynoir

        May 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

        Heh, thanks! 😀 I’ve been pondering over the answers real hard during class, and today I burst out during Science saying, “OH I GOT IT! I GOT IT! I KNOW WHAT THE WISH IS!” I’m kinda surprised my teacher didn’t thrown me out on my ear.

        • harveypam

          May 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

          Well, your teacher must be used to your outbursts by now. She must have just thought “Oh, Sasha! Business as usual.”

  22. bombaynoir

    April 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Oooh, and I got No. 9, too! 😀

    • harveypam

      April 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

      I thought no. 9 would be the first one that you would solve! 😉

      • bombaynoir

        May 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

        😉 You thought right!

  23. Lalitha

    May 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Okayyyy! I managed to type up the answers today, after a hectic weekend – two pujas, a bhajan session, visits with two families (took banana muffins to one and oats upma kozhukattais – look them up if you want to know what I am talking about – and tomato onion chutney to the other family), saw a movie (pure, raw violence – Django unchained – couldn’t bear to look at the screen half the time), did two loads of laundry, and am typing this late on Sunday night! See, don’t I deserve extra credit?

    • harveypam

      May 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Two Pujas and a bhajan session! Wow! You are collecting some brownie points!
      You deserve all the extra credit you can get Lalitha!
      Thanks for the answers I’ll look them up soon!

      • Lalitha

        May 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        Harvey, I am getting to the stage where I need all the brownie points I can get!

        • harveypam

          May 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

          Well, we can all do with some brownie points, wouldn’t we?

  24. Lalitha

    May 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Brownie points ko chhodo, where are my Swiss chocolates?

    • harveypam

      May 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Better ask the brownie daata too for that! 😉


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