Saturday, September 01, 2007

Late Realisation

A SHOUTcast Hindi station was playing an old childhood favourite, "lakdi ki kathi" from the movie Masoom. As I turned up the volume, I realised for the first time how cruel the the first two lines of the chorus are...


lakadi ki kaathi aathi pe ghoda
ghode ke dum pe jo maaraa hathauda.....

Ouch, ouch, ouch....positively mean and gruesome. Wonder how I never heard that one before.

4 comments:

Phantoms and Voices said...

Maybe they were referring to the game where you are blindfolded and need to nail the horse's tail ... typically they use a paper cut-out horse. Kinda like hitting the "nail on the head".

Its still quite misleading, when people are not aware of the underlying assumptions. In my current state of mind, I would not allow such a statement :)

Anyesha said...
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sandeepa said...

It's a wooden rocking horse they were talking about, is that cruel ? Think not

Anyesha said...

phantoms and voices: Nah! I don't think they are talking about a paper horse here. Even if it is a "kathi ka ghodaa" (as in made of sticks) the horse indulges in all manner of proper equine behavior throughout the song.

sandeepa: Even if its a wooden rocking horse, the imagery is quite violent...don't you think? That too for a kiddie song. But then I always thought most fairy tales were fairly morbid.