Thursday 23 December 2010

Aa Chalkey Tujhey....

 ......Main lekey chaloon
Ek aisey gagan ke thaley
Jaha Gham bhi na ho
Aansoo bhi na ho
Bas pyaar hi pyaar paley
ek aisey gagan ke thaley...

I was just humming this beautiful song by Kishore Kumar and was lost in my memories associated with this song. Let me share this memory with you today.

When I was a little girl, every night while my parents tucked me into bed, Papa would narrate a bed time story.  Papa’s stories normally began something like this – '' once upon a time there was a happy place and there lived a little girl.... a sparrow...a rabbit..…etc etc. Basically, all of Papa’s stories were based in this ''happy place''. When I used to ask Papa where was this happy place located, Papa would say that if I close my eyes and take a deep breath, I would be able to see that happy place. I followed this advice and every time, Papa narrated me a story, I would close my eyes, take a deep breath and try to find the happy place and the little girl, the bird or whoever the character of the story was. It worked, I could actually see the characters of the story and also fall asleep peacefully.

As I grew a bit older and I was beyond the age of  listening to bedtime stories ( mind you, I would still love to listen to Papa's bedtime stories..Papa is simply good at narrating stories...Oh the happy childhood days!) , Amma and Papa used to play some soft melodies of the 60s and 70s era during bedtime. Whenever the tape recorder, played Aa chalkey tujhe song I would close my eyes, take a deep breath and think of  Papa's bed time stories and also I used to see all the good things around me and develop a calm and peaceful feeling.

Happiness lies within us. If we don’t see them, they become invisible. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and go to that happy place within you. That Happy place belongs to you, it is with you in whatever you do and you can take it with you wherever you go. As you go to that happy place within you, don’t you hear a voice there that asks you to believe in yourself?  Don't you hear the voice that asks you to remain hopeful and positive? Don’t you hear the voice that asks you to share love and respect? Does that happy place not bring a smile on your face?

As, I write this post, I am feeling a deep sense of happiness. I want to take this opportunity to THANK all you lovely Blogdosts who read my blog and who leave comments on my posts, my THANKS are also due to all you lovely visitors who read my blog and don’t leave comments but do come back to my blog another time.  All of you mean a lot to me and  and it is you who inspire me to carry on producing blogposts. I want you all to know that I love you all and want you to be happy always. I hope that we will continue our friendship in the new year too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU. I hope your Santa brings you loads of happiness.

Here’s wishing  all you lovely bloggers and readers  in the Blogosphere a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. I hope all your dreams come true just like how you wish them to be or even BETTER. Hope all of us are surrounded by good health, fortune and HAPPINESS always.

I will be back with new posts on other side of this decade.

Lots of Love and Best Wishes
Always Happy


  1. Thanks Alka. You have a good Christmas and a happy new year too.

  2. coming to ur blog always brings a smile .. what a sng to start with .. ik aise gagan ke talle jahan gam bhi na ansso bhi na hon bas pyar hi pyarr palle AWESOME

    reminds me of jgjit singh .. Yeh daulta bhi le loe, yeh shaurat bhi le lo.. bhale cheen lo mujhse meri jawani maga mujhko lauta do bacnhpan ka sawan.. WOh kagaz ki kishti woh baarish ka paani...

    excellent post, nostalgic its always a great nostalgia to dwell into the past especially when we were kids out childhood days Aweosme I had a hell of a chidlhood anyday i can go back to it ...


  3. and a merri christmas to you and a happy new yeart oooo... :)

  4. Hey Bikram, Thank you so much. yes, yes, I have heard the song of Jagjit Singh..I like all his songs. One of my favourite artists is Jagjit Singh.

    You are right, it is a great nostalgia to look back at the childhood days.

    Merry Christmas and very happy and prosperous new year to you and your family.

  5. Sweet memories...your writing always make me smile...and I do partake positivity after reading your post
    Merry Christmas Happy New Year to you too
    Waiting to hear from you soon...

  6. do you wear spectacles? I remember a few rhymes from my childhood like :
    Shanti beti Shanti,
    kehna kyun nahi maanti,
    chashma apna de utaar,
    sone ko tu ho tayyar...

    Chashma nahi utarungi,
    hargiz nahi utarungi,
    agar utarungi mein chashma,
    phir kaise dekhungi mein sapna?

    Old memories, they always bring smiles.

    Happy New Year and merry Christmas to you too.

    Blasphemous Aesthete

  7. Thank you very much Poonam. YOu have a merry christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year.

    Anshul, haha..nope, I dont wear spectacles...aww..I like the rhyme. Thank you for the rhyme and new year wishes.

  8. Hey!

    Awwwee! Dad's stories..I love them! I became nostalgic as I was reading your post. So beautifully written. I liked the term..'blogdost' heheh..:)
    Wish you a very Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. Good luck :)

  9. Hi Harsha, thank you. Wish you a merry christmas and happy new year!

  10. ur post reminded me of my own childhood stories from My Dad....( KOI LAUTA DE MUJHE MERE BEETE HUE KAL )..... Kash aisa possible hota....:-(
    BTW, gud post... nice naration

    plz spare ur time at.....

  11. Hello Irfanuddin, Welcome. Thank you for your nice words. I know..Kaash aisa ho paata ki hum jhat se humaarey bachpan ke din mein laut sakthey?

    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you.

    Always Happy

  12. AH I listened to bedtime stories till my Grandma was alive that is five years back.I used to sleep beside her and while she narrated stories I was supposed to say hmmm..hmmm which means I was awake and listening to her.The moment I stopped doing hmmm hmmm she would stop her story:).Ohh I so miss her.

  13. Wish you a happy new year, and wish you be

    Always happy :)

  14. Ahh now I know the story behingd "Always happy".
    Loved the line "That Happy place belongs to you"

    Festive wishes to you and may that smile be yours forever :)

  15. Wish you a very happy new year and loved the post especially those stories starts with once upon a time....I used to create stories for my kids and Once upon a time really helps to start a new imaginative story.I like your blog title always happy and one should be,On that happy note be always happy and keep blogging like this.

  16. conveyed the unthoughtful, nice post fr sure n hope santa do takes ur list seriosuly, mine he just uses as tissue paper :( bt den optimism roxx...nywaz 1ce again hope to see more frm ur side at the other side of the decade

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  18. :) such a happy post- TAKES ME TO MA HAPPY PLACE!, BTW- one of ma fav adjectives- HAPPY! i just add happy to nethyn- happy bag, happy Monday, happy food :* Happy New Year!


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  20. Let us not forget in this New Year that even if our expectations are not met with, what occurs in each of our lives would be nothing but what we interpret them to be, and remember, the best lessons would be hidden behind the veil of desperation.

    happy New Year.

  21. @ yasha: Hi, my grandfather used to narrate bedtime stories too. He passed away few years ago. I miss him too

  22. @ Harish: Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind greetings. Hope you have had a good start to the new year.

    @Purba::) Thank you. happy new year to you.

    @Pratibha: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am sure your children will forever cherish the fond memories of your bedtime stories to them.

    @Vineet: Welcome to my blog. I hope Santa has put your wishlist to good use this time. Hope you have had a good start to the new year. Hope you have a very good 2011.Thank you.

    @Irfan: Sure, I will read your post at my earliest opportunity.

    @Jane: Welcome to my blog. Thank you. Ah! I like the concept of happy bag! Happy monday etc! Happy new year to you.

    @ Anu: True, Being happy doesnt mean everything is perfect but it means accepting imperfections of life and moving on. Happy new year to you

  23. Wow!! So beautiful!! Mesmerising memories!! :)

  24. Hello Lalita, welcome to my blog. A happy new year to you. Thank you.


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