I Love India – Part I

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Here is a part of the song ‘I Love India’ from movie ‘Pardes’.

"लंडन" देखा "पॅरिस" देखा…("London" dekha "Paris" dekha… )

I’ve seen London, I’ve seen Paris,

और देखा "जापान" (aur dekha "Japan" )

and I’ve seen Japan.

"माइकल" देखा "एल्विस" देखा सब देखा मेरी जान  ("Michael" dekha "Elvis" dekha sab dekha meri jaan)

I’ve seen Michael (Jackson), I’ve seen Elvis; I’ve seen it all, my darling;

सारे जग में कहीं नहीं है दूसरा हिन्दुस्तान (saare jag mein kahin nahin hai doosra hindustaan)

and in all the world there is no other India,

दूसरा हिन्दुस्तान…(doosra hindustaan… )

no other India…

यह दुनिया इक दुल्हन… (yeh duniya ik dulhan… )

This world is a bride,

दुल्हन के माथे की बिंदिया (dulhan ke maathe ki bindiya)

and the jewel (bindi) on the bride’s forehead

यह मेरा इंडिया यह मेरा इंडिया(yeh mera india yeh mera india)

is this India of mine, this India of mine.

Vocabulary:

English

Hindi

Transliteration

seen

देखा

dekha

dear, darling

जान

jaan

World, Universe

जग

jag

another

दूसरा

doosra

world, earth

दुनिया

duniya

Fore-head

माथा

matha

a mark/decoration on the forehead

बिंदिया

bindiya

bride

दुल्हन

dulhan

Test Your Understanding:

1)   What is a “bride” called?

2)   “Forehead” is known as ———-

3)   The singer describes India as ———-.

4)   Which are places mentioned in this song?

5)   who are personalities talked about here?

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