#365DaysOfWriting — Day 357

Happy birthday Nani and Manna Dey

My lovely grandmother has her birthday today. I can’t say enough about her, or thank her for all that she’s done for me. She is slightly old-fashioned in her ways, but she was the first person in our family to install the Hotstar app on her phone — because she realised that she could watch her missed serials on it! Go figure!

The bigger story, one that she’s popular for, is her cooking. Nothing that she’s cooked till today has been below par. She always excels. There’s a certain magic in a grandmother’s cooking. Hers is no different. My mother calls her a Hitler (some lovely childhood stories, no doubt), but she’s never been like that towards me. In fact, she’s spoiled me rotten.

Thanks for everything, amama. You’re the best, and may you live a long, happy, healthy life.

Today is the birthday of one of my favourite singers too.

Manna Dey. What can I say about him? His voice, and his rendition of classical songs is second to none. My favourite Manna Dey song has to be this one. You can feel the pain, the longing, and the sadness as Ashok Kumar sings for his father, one last time (the movie is Meri Surat Teri Aankhen). There are a million other songs of his out there, but if I had to choose just one, it would be this one. My all-time favourite Manna Dey.

That’s it for today then. Good night, everyone!



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