Even though Asha Bhosle has been crooning for more than six decades, she doesn’t like reflecting on the past. “We come into this world even without clothes on, and go away exactly like that. We don’t get anything along with us when we are born, and we don’t take away anything with us [when we die],” she says
The 82-year-old says she doesn’t “think about what happened in the past or about what will happen in the future”. She believes in the importance of today. “Whatever has happened was in the past, so there’s no need to be sad about it, and the future is not in our hands. Whatever is happening now is ours. So, do whatever you want today,’” she adds.
Nowadays, the veteran singer is excited about her granddaughter, Zanai’s singing career. Ask her if Zanai is more influenced by her or her elder sister, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, and she says, “I think Zanai subconsciously likes didi more. If a singer doesn’t like Lata Mangeshkar, then he or she isn’t a singer in the first place. She is God’s gift, and worth praying to. The same goes for Kishore (Kumar; late singer-actor). I don’t listen to the songs of any other male singer, apart from him. Similarly, I don’t listen to anything else, but didi’s songs. Zanai is very young at the moment. But when she understands didi’s songs, she, too, will realise what Lata Mangeshkar actually stands for,” says Bhosle.
At the same time, the singer feels that if Zanai sings her or Mangeshkar’s songs, people will start comparing her with them. “But if she makes her own music in her own personal style, maybe, then that won’t happen. I often tell her, ‘Do something that no one else has done till now. You don’t have to be the next Asha Bhosle or Lata Mangeshkar.’”