Aitalakadi – A translation beyond words…

Nothing can beat Kannada song lyrics.Time and again the song-writers in Sandalwood have come up with such gems that you have to give it to them just for creativity and innovation. You think they can’t do better than a jinke mari na and within no time they will amaze and floor you with a Hale paatre or a Chitranna chitranna. I thought I will attempt to translate one such song. On some careful research, found this popular(and catchy, I admit) song of our challenging star Darshan.Lets try to decipher how the lyricist is conveying the everylasting love and pining between the two lovers with his words:


I am stumped!!! Done in at the very first word! I don’t have a goddamn clue what this erudite sounding wording means. I shall just ignore it for the time being and try to catch the context. I proceed tentatively to the next sentence….

(guy)Aithalakadi… jala jala jala jalajakshi, mina mina mina meenakshi, kama kama kama kamakshi , pata pata pata pancharangi…. baare….. Aithalakadi baare …

Oh this is too fast!!! Wait wait wait! Jalajakshi, Meenakshi, Kamakshi, Pancharangi –  Hmmm my wild guess is that he’s rolling out names of his several girlfriends there. Or a better guess might be that he’s addressing the one girl present there with all these names. (Ah, this seems more logical too. Our heroineis still dancing with glee even after hearing all the names). And coming to the words, jala jala jala, mina mina mina, kama kama kama, pata pata pata …. don’t even try! A sublime touch to the proceedings which only an accomplished poet of his stature can give.This is what you call poetic license,ladies. Indeed, how lame would those lines be if not for these musical notes,right on spot.

(girl) Lagna madsumma,valga oodsumma,oota haksumma, kattiko,kattiko
(guy) Horn gatsumma, Haadna hadsumma, Love na torsumma……

Basically the lass is super impressed with the guy and tells him to marry her soon. And basically the guy wants to get horny,sing songs and make love. As you can clearly see, the poet is trying to convey the typical feelings of both sexes in a mass-y,easily understandable way.

And just after that comes a line which blew my mind away. A once-in-a-century line. The ‘piece-de-resistance’ of the entire song. . Here it goes …

(guy)….Yama yama buka duma naka duma muta duma..Aithalakadiiiiiiiiiii

Such subtlety. Such melody. Seems like he is calling upon the Indian mythological god of death Yama and…Errr…Errrr..Calling him Dumma (Fat)!!!!? Lets not tread any further here, or I am directly going to hell!

(Skip to the most insightful stanza of the song )
(girl) Naaaati naaaati benne naa, peeeete meeeete tuppana tintiya

At this point, the guy gets really hungry and tired of all he dancing, so the girl is offering him naati benne (just extracted butter,correct?) and peete meete tuppa (and ghee. The peete and meete are again products of poetic license). Surely she loves the guy so much she is not worried about the cholesterol or the fat calories on him

(guy) Benne maiyya henne, mutkondre metkontaiyte,
Yaargu kammi illa ,vayyara wine agayte

(There goes. The guy gets horny again. This idiot just needs a hint to start off! ) O Lass with a butter-like body, its getting sticky when I touch it. (Wow! Mind blown, second time. Such sensuousness and aesthetically presented eroticism in a movie song, can you imagine? I take my hat off, Mr.Lyricist. Further he says) Your ostentatious and showy display is turning into alcohol and no one will have shortage now. Devdas in the making…lolz :P

(girl)White-u white-u white-u white-u ……
White-u Rajnikanth neenu

The girl is comparing the guy to a white Rajn- WHAAA!!!? Oh yeah!  She says the guy looks like a WHITE Rajnikanth. So you mean Rajnikanth is BLACK??? Now now, that’s not so ‘fair’ (pun intended :D). The intention of this jab/seemingly racist comment at the Tamil Superstar in a massy Kannada movie is not quite clear. Atleast not to me ;)

(guy) Yaake yaake hogultiya, height-u jasti madutiya

(guy)Why are you  praising me and in doing so increasing my height?
Sheer brilliance. Our poet is in GODMODE now. I thought he was merely good with words, but being aware of the latest developments in scientific research and using that in his songs? (Surely you guys have read about the study which says if you keep praising someone continuously and repeatedly over a period of time, a distinct increase in the height of a person is observed). One word : G-E-N-I-U-S.

And now again we are greeted with the mellifluous and dulcet tones of the starting words which had us floored in the beginning itself…

(guy n girl together)Aithalakadi…Aithalakadi..Aithalakadi….

Someone please catch hold of this guy atleast now and give him an award. Create a new one and give it to him. For the love of god, people!!!

Oh btw, enjoy the video of the song here ;)

One day at Office…

 I had no- I didn’t have much work at office today. So I sat down to write limericks. I have to say office atmosphere is not very conducive for this kind of writing, but I got a few going and thought of the rest on the bus back home. Presenting to you, my first attempt at poetry. Torture yourself :D

There was once a girl called Rachel
Everyday she updated her facebook status without fail
One day it said “I just brushed my teeth”

The next “My boyfriend Peter is a big cheat”
Peter saw this and got his face frowned
Next day his status said “Me and Rachel went to the river and she tragically drowned”

There was once a boy called Pavan
He was leading a good life; simple, peaceful and loven’
His mom dad started bugging him “Get married, son get married”
And poor Pavan kept running away,looking frightened and harried
Found a safe spot and made a secret wish to Santa,

Ab kya bataon, Aage ki lines(sigh)……. main nahi jaanta ;)
There were test matches and players wore whites
Now there is IPL and all you see is slaps and fist fights
There were batsmen who made stadiums illuminate
Now there are disguised Bajrang Dal activists with a rod making me hallucinate :P

Once there was a guy called blogger,
None of what he wrote induced an iota of laughter,
Entire life all he did was slog,slog,slog
His last words were “Please check my BLOG” :D
Today I saw a hot maal at the mall,
Made my heart come out and fall,
Agreed she was no Ash Rai,
But I surely didnt wanna become her Rakhi Bhai,
Suddenly a fragrance threw me off her trail, I wonder
Mangoes have arrived, yay , who cares if the chick’s legs are slender or thighs thunder ;-)

There were two friends, so-so and Bheegi Billi,
What they actually wanted they didn’t know,really
So they always ended up fighting each other silly
The hero in Avatar was called Mr.Jake Sully :)