Aaj Sab Theek Hai – New Song About Blaming it on the Ooparwaala

Here’s a little song I wrote,
You might want to sing it note for note,
Don’t worry,
And blame it on,
The ooparwaala.


Mandir ho ya Masjid,
Church ya gurudwara,
Ya phir sheesh mahal mein baitha
Dashing boss tumhaara
Ooparwaala hai har kaheen
Aasmaan woh, hum zameen.
Toh baadal kaheen bhi chhaayein
Baarish humi pe girti hai
Kyonki aakhir mein toh bas
Ooparwaale ki chalti hai!

Aaj sab theek hai
Shukar ooparwaale ka!
Kal jo bigad gaya toh
Galti bhi ooparwaale ki!

Jiya jo pal pal zindagi ki
Saari rasmein nibhaayi,
Time pe padhaai, davaai,
Lugaai aur duhaai.
Ooparwaala sadistic hai,
Kucch aisi duniya banaayi
Ke har ek jeete pal pe daali
Kabr ki hai parchhaai.

English Translation

Whether it’s in a temple, a mosque,
A church or a gurudwara,
Or, sitting in a beautiful house of glass,
It’s your dashing boss,
The “ooparwaala” is everywhere
They are the sky, and we are the dust
So nomatter where the clouds end up
We will have to bear the rain
Because nomatter what, eventually,
“Ooparwaala” gets his way.

Today if everything is fine,
Thank the “ooparwaala”!
An if tomorrow everything goes wrong,
It’s also the fault of “ooparwaala”!

As I lived the moments of my life,
I followed all the unspoken rules,
I studied, kept my health,
Married and mourned, all at the right times.
But this “ooparwaala” is sadistic,
He’s put us in such a world –
That every living moment is darkened
By the shadow of the grave.


Baniyaan – An Original Song.

Hello doston,

Here’s a new dance song about vests. Not joking.

I absolutely love Anwar Masood saab’s poems, even if I don’t always understand them 100%.

This is my dedication to him – thank you for making such beautiful poetry. This is what rap from the subcontinent should be like – simple, insightful, human truths, with an effervescent humour.

You are my inspiration, sir! I hope this finds it’s way to him somehow, and he doesn’t immediately hate me. 🙂 I’ve tried my best.

Will make a video at some point as well.

For now, enjoy, Baniyan, by Anwar Masood.

Rap lyrics by Anwar Masood. Chorus by Shiv Tandan.

Special thanks: Maanavi Panwar, Sukrit Singh Raghuvanshi, Mohit Surana – for being my consultants and listening to this so many times. Also, thank you Clarilyn Khoo! 😀

Indian Music: Episode 1

Hey guys,

I was thinking after yesterday when some people asked me to list down the songs we listened to. And well, I think it will be nice for me also to have a snapshot of the music I love right now, so I thought lets make this a thing. I’m going to write down some of my favorite songs here by category. If you want me to translate any of the songs for you, just comment below, I will post a translation! 🙂 Some brilliant Pakistani singers also feature in this list, so ‘Indian’ isn’t as accurate as one can be. But well, convenience trumps that.

Click here to continue to the List