Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Doris Day's Que Sera Sera and STI

Heard this wonderful song today on K-dio(IIMK Radio)

Doris Day song Que Sera Sera on wiki

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother what will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here's what she said to me

Que sera sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera sera

When I was just a child in school
I asked my teacher what should I try
Should I paint pictures
Should I sing songs
This was her wise reply

Que sera sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera sera

When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will there be rainbows day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said

Que sera sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera sera

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see

Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

What will be, will be
Que sera sera...

This song featured in the movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much by Hitchcock", sung by the actress Doris Day. It won the Academy Award for best song. Pukar movie's song "Que Sera Sera, jo bhi ho so ho" shares the mukhda with it.

Discovering this amazing song today, that thought again came to haunt me - there is so much to enjoy, to know, to experience in this world that even if one limits one's interests to, say one or two fields like movies and music, one can just keep on exploring that field without ever reaching the possibility of exhausting it.

Same holds true for any of the "complicated" issues India is facing...terrorism, casteism, J&K, India-Pak relation, North East, Poverty, unemployment. As one of my favourite teachers said in the class,"Mr. X says that elect us to power and we will solve the J&K and Pak problem in three hours..three hours...three hours are not even enough to get a first reading of all the complexities of the issues..forget about getting to any sort of architecture of solution..." and probably the single most important thing which I learnt from the amazing course Social Transformation of India is that all the issues have at least two ways to approach and though it is important to take a stand(There is no neutrality involved if innocent people are being butchered either in Manipur, J&K or Gujarat), before committing ourselves to one stand , let us first know how the issue looks from the other side of the fence. In short, there are multiple ways in which issues can be seen and people may have different viewpoints on them and we have to respect each other's viewpoints and we can agree to disagree on how we look at a particular issue.

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