Heer Ranjha

The song Ranjha Ranjha has really fascinated me. I was wondering what the name ‘Ranjha’ meant and did a small google search. I also found its roots in a Punjabi classical song. Just listen to this:
The first two lines are the same from the song in Raavan. Fascinating isn’t it? Also the story of Heer and Ranjha is a famous one in Punjab! Once again, it is a famous love story just like all the Romeo-Juliet, Laila-Majnu kinda stories we have heard so far:

Heer was an extremely beautiful woman born in a wealthy family “Sayyal”. Ranjha (Teedo) was the youngest of four brothers, after a confrontation with his brothers, Ranjha left home and travels around and comes to Heer’s village, where he found his love, Heer, who offered him a job to take care of there cattle. Having met Ranjha, Heer became mesmerised by the way Ranjha played the flute (Wanjli) and eventually fell in love with him. They would meet each other secrectly for many years until they were caught by her jealous uncle “Kaido” and parents (Chuchak & Malki). Heer was forced to married to another man “Saida Khera”, with the full permission of “Mullah” (priest), who was well-payed by Kaido.

Ranjha was left broken hearted and left to walk the quiet villages on his own until eventually met a Jogi (devoted beleiver in God). Having entering Gorak’s Tilla (Shrine) Ranjha could only see his departed lover and being emotionally scared he voluntarally became a Jogi. Reciting the name of the Lord “Allakh Naranjjan” on his travels around the Punjab he found the village, where he was reunited with Heer. They escaped (also with Saida Khera’s sister “Sehti”, who was in love with “Murad Baluch” – an another famous love story of Punjabi Culture) but was caught by Maharajah’s police. Maharajah punished him to jail but same night whole city was in flames. Maharajah freed Ranjha and permitted him to marry with Heer.

They came back to Heer’s Village, where Heer’s parents agreed to their marriage. On the wedding day, Heer’s jealous uncle, “Kaido” poisoned her so the wedding wouldn’t take place. Having heard the news Ranjha rushed to aid Heer but was too late as she died. Ranjha becoming broken hearted once again and died on her grave.” 

The song is amazing and it does not bore you no matter how many times you listen to it! 

The ‘Feel-Good’ Factor

I have never realised how difficult it is for Malays and Indian Muslims in Singapore to find food in public restaurants and hawker centres that is halal. I have just realised that most of the stores like 7-eleven, Cheers, outside so-called ‘dhabas’ have food produced by muslim companies/suppliers. Halal, according to wikipedia, means ‘permissible’, mostly refering to food. The Malays here prefer halal food and most of them have no problem finding a muslim food stall in hawker centres and food courts. The other races are sensitive towards the Malays, and have also made their stalls certified as halal.

The ‘feeling-good’ moment we experience is nothing but the release of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, in our brains. I think that this neurohormone gets released in me quite frequently whenever I listen to A.R.Rahman’s songs. Not all of his songs. But some of his songs, which is like almost three-quarters of the number of songs he has produced. So I have made a podcast on him. I have not praised overly. I have also pointed to his poor performances in a few of his films like Tehzeeb and Udhaya. But honestly, most of his songs are really good, that even non-indians seem to like his music.