Groovin’ in the spirit of Independence!

No matter how old you grow or how disappointed you feel of Pakistan’s current situation, the joy of listening to Milli Naghmay (National Songs) just never seems to end. After all, we all have grown up singing music created by the likes of Sohail Rana, Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jehan, Nayyara Noor and we have our childhood memories associated with each one of their tunes.

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It just happened to me and I went for some music shopping for the sake of reviving old memories and boosting up that ‘Yo! I’m a a Proud Pakistani’ spirit. And here I bought two CDs, one with the remixed versions of old classics while the other one is filled with the new age ‘Jazba Junoon’ kind of songs.

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The first album labelled as ‘Hum Sab Ka Pakistan’ starts with my favorite anthem,

Hum Zinda Qaum Hain,
Paa’inda Qaum Hain,

Hum Sab Ki Hai Pehchaan,
Hum Sab Ka Pakistan, Pakistan, Pakistan,
Hum Sab Ka Pakistan!

It is immediately followed by some real great sounds of patriotism & freedom including ‘Is Parcham Kay Saaye Tullay’, ‘Khayal Rakhna’, ‘Aye Watan Pak Watan’, ‘Ye Watan Tumhara Hai’, and ‘Apni Jaan Nazar Karon’.

And here, I switch to ‘Mera Paigham Pakistan’, the other CD with upbeat new-age chants. Mentioning new-age Milli Naghmay, who can forget the unofficial National Anthem of Pakistan, yes, you guessed it right, it’s the sensational hit ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ by Vital Signs. Junaid Jamshed created magic with some more tunes like ‘Maula’, ‘ Hum Hain Pakistani’, Dil Maangay’, and ‘Qasam Us Waqt Ki’.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is no less than brilliant in ‘Mera Paigham Pakistan’, while Junoon never rocked better with ‘Jazba Junoon’. Then, there are more songs in the album by Jawad Haider, Faakhir, Fakhr-e-Alam, Awaz, Shehzad Roy and Ali Haider.

The best part about all this was the shopkeeper offering me a huge 20% Independence Day Discount that was quite a lot for a poor soul like me!

Boy, I love my country and the spirit of feeling one with 162 million souls that call themselves Proud Pakistanis!

4 Comments so far

  1. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    Is parcham kay saa’ye talay hum aik hain , hum aik hain :) and i observed this very much tinge of unity and devotion when i roam about the city. Lahore rocks!!!!!!!


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 3:03 am

    Oh I’m a big time milli naghmay fan too :-)

    Guess what I was even listening to this cd our cable-wala tuned into of Noorjehan dating back in 60’s mera shahar qasoor … lol !

    BTW remember the video of NFAK’s mera paigham pakistan … it was being said that in the canal shot beneath flowers rocks were kept to keep the balance of the boat :D

    **on lite notes!!


  3. Opee (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 3:22 am

    Lite or Heavy? :)


  4. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 4:04 am

    @A4P: And I always used to wonder how did they keep him afloat… lol!

    Thanks for the information!



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