Constant experimentation is probably the single biggest characteristic of AR Rahman’s career. The 50-year-old music composer made his film debut with Roja (1992), and among his early earworms was Urvasi Urvasi from Shankar’s Tamil film Kadhalan (1994). Rahman has reinvented the popular hit by releasing a new version on MTV Unplugged. The lyrics have been crowdsourced from fans, resulting in a song that, in a first for a composer known for his political correctness, has loaded lines that comment on demonetisation and the American elections set to the original refrain “Take it easy policy”.
Here are some translations of Urvasi Urvasi 2017: “Ainooru ruba sellama pona, take it easy policy” (If the Rs 500 note becomes useless, take it easy policy).
“Donald Trump president aana, take it easy policy” (If Donald Trump becomes president, take it easy policy).
“Kadalai naduvil battery theerndha, take it easy policy” (If the phone battery dies while flirting, take it easy policy).
“Belt potum veshti avuntha, take it easy policy” (If the dhoti slips despite wearing a belt, take it easy policy).
Some movie fans will miss the images that accompanied Urvasi Urvasi, which featured lead actor Prabhudeva dancing with abandon on the streets of Chennai and stalking and pawing college and school girls. With its trendy and irreverent lyrics, Urvasi Urvasi was tailor-made for young crowds in the early 1990s, who rode green Pallavan Transport Corporation buses to college and wore baggy pants, just like the dancing hero. The new version misses out on the sexist images, but retains the edge of the original tune through its contemporary lyrics.
The quirks and perks of travelling with your hard to impress mom
We must admit that the jar of pickle always comes in handy.
A year ago, Priyanka, a 26-year-old banking professional, was packing her light-weight duffel bag for an upcoming international trip. Keen to explore the place, she wanted to travel light and fuss free. It was not meant to be. For Priyanka was travelling with her mother, and that meant carrying at least two extra suitcases packed with odds and ends for any eventuality just short of a nuclear war.
Bothered by the extra suitcases that she had to lug around full of snacks and back-up woollens, Priyanka grew frustrated with her mother. However, one day, while out for some sight-seeing Priyanka and her family were famished but there were no decent restaurants in sight. That’s when her mum’s ‘food bag’ came to the rescue. Full of juice boxes, biscuits and sandwiches, her mother had remembered to pack snacks from the hotel for their day out. Towards the end of the trip, Priyanka was grateful to her mother for all her arrangements, especially the extra bag she carried for Priyanka’s shopping.
Priyanka’s story isn’t an isolated one. We spoke to many people about their mother’s travel quirks and habits and weren’t surprised at some of the themes that were consistent across all the travel memoirs.
Indian mothers are always prepared
“My mom keeps the packed suitcases in the hallway one day before our flight date. She will carry multiple print-outs of the flight tickets because she doesn’t trust smartphone batteries. She also never forgets to carry a medical kit for all sorts of illnesses and allergies”, says Shruti, a 27-year-old professional. When asked if the medical kit was helpful during the trip, she answered “All the time”, in a tone that marvelled at her mother’s clairvoyance.
Indian mothers love to feel at home, and create the same experience for their family, wherever they are
“My mother has a very strange idea of the kind of food you get in foreign lands, so she always packs multiple packets of khakra and poha for our trips. She also has a habit of carrying her favourite teabags to last the entire trip”, relates Kanchan, a marketing professional who is a frequent international flier often accompanied by her mother. Kanchan’s mother, who is very choosy about her tea, was therefore delighted when she was served a hot cup of garam chai on her recent flight to Frankfurt. She is just like many Indian mothers who love to be reminded of home wherever they are and often strive to organise their hotel rooms to give them the coziness of a home.
Most importantly, Indian mothers are tough, especially when it comes to food
Take for instance, the case of Piyush, who recalls, “We went to this fine dining restaurant and my mother kept quizzing the waiter about the ingredients and the method of preparation of a dish. She believed that once she understood the technique, she would be able to make a better version of the dish just so she could pamper me!”
Indian mothers are extremely particular about food – from the way its cooked, to the way it smells and tastes. Foreign delicacies are only allowed to be consumed if they fulfil all the criteria set by Mom i.e. is it good enough for my children to consume?
An approval from an Indian mother is a testament to great quality and great taste. In recognition of the discerning nature of an Indian mum and as a part of their ‘More Indian Than You Think’ commitment, Lufthansa has tailored their in-flight experiences to surpass even her exacting standards. Greeted with a namaste and served by an Indian crew, the passengers feel right at home as they relish the authentic Indian meals and unwind with a cup of garam chai, the perfect accompaniment to go with a variety of Indian entertainment available in the flight. As Lufthansa’s in-flight offerings show, a big part of the brand is inherently Indian because of its relationship with the country spanning over decades.
To see how Lufthansa has internalised the Indian spirit and become the airline of choice for flyers looking for a great Indian experience, watch the video below.
This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Lufthansa as part of their More Indian Than You Think initiative and not by the Scroll editorial team.