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Sing is king

The next time you answer the phone and find a familiar Bollywood tune trilling from your receiver, chances are that your friendly neighbourhood BJP MLA aspirant is trying to tell you something.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2008 21:13 IST

The next time you answer the phone and find a familiar Bollywood tune trilling from your receiver, chances are that your friendly neighbourhood BJP MLA aspirant is trying to tell you something. The melodies, the party feels, will enthuse people — notably party workers — to go forth and toil for the greater glory of the party. Tracks from Jab We Met, Bhool Bhulaiya and Partner are favourites. This got us thinking of appropriate songs that we are familiar with for political parties.

A whiter shade of pale could well be transformed into A brighter shade of saffron with apologies to Procol Harum. The Congress, the defending champion in Delhi, seems to be humming Kabhi khushi kabhi gham. And after the Margaret Alva allegations, may we suggest that Ticket to Ride would be an appropriate caller tune. On to bigger things like the general elections, the BJP, led by the redoubtable L.K. Advani, could well warble, Will you still love me when I’m 84?. Let’s hope the litigious Paul McCartney does not get to hear of that.

As for the fiery sanyasin Uma Bharti, she, who is free and easy with her slaps, the cheesy 80s hit Hall & Oates’ Maneater would be a perfect fit. And how could we forget that gentleman who so preoccupied us only a few months ago, CPI(M)’s Prakash Karat. At the rate he is going, he must be humming the KANKtankerous tune Where’s the party tonight? But who’s listening? Not the PM, whose caller tune these days is Abba’s Ring, ring (Why don’t you give me a call?). And for BSP leader Mayawati, we could mangle that Led Zeppelin anthem to fit with her Taj plans and come up with Corridor to Heaven. All we can ask for at this juncture is, Play it again, Sham.