‘We have changed our religion, but not our ancestors’ – Amitabh Bachchan

    Amitabh Bachchan in his latest blog shared his memories and love fof HMV and the dog symbol that was synonymous with Music. Further, he wrote .. the emblem of its appearance was for long the HMV logo of the horn of the gramophone and the dog by its side – there is an explanation of it somewhere, explaining its design and presence, but the winding gramophone, the vinyl disc running at 73, the needle that was hand placed and the playing sound then enjoyed, shall ever be the most endearing imagery, possession, in the world that was, for me, almost 70 years ago ..

    My first memory of it was the one that belonged to my Mother .. Amitabh Bachchan

    Her meeting my Father, the overnight decision to marry, the intercaste rebellion in her family, her departure instantly to drop all her affluent living and lifestyle and hold hands with an aspiring lower middle caste poet, has been given wordage frequently .. she left with nothing .. except two things .. her Father, my Nana Sardar Khazan Singh Suri, sent his personal valet Sudama with her .. and she brought her personal .. yes .. winding gramophone with her .. nothing else ..

    Amitabh Bachchan
    Image courtesy Amitabh Bachchan Blog – the news facts

    It was a travel through times of attire replacements as well .. the formal elegance of the West .. the dude and then of course the eternal elegance, dignity, countenance of our own culture .. of INDIA ..Amitabh Bachchan

    It was a large, state of the art gramophone, unlike some of the more usual ones we get to see .. a larger box-like compartment, almost 5′ in height, with an articulated lid that covered the placement spot of the vinyl, and by its side a handle that wound up the machine ..

    For a long, I used to remember the tune that I often heard during those early years in Allahabad, played off it .. now age and memory loss has defeated me…

    So when work put me in the proximity of similar surroundings, I could not but reminisce .. Amitabh Bachchan wrote

    Amitabh concludes by saying

    We shall endure and accept your culture , but shall never disrespect our own .. Much like what that Indonesian Currency carrying the Ganesh on its leaf represented in the words of one of its countries leaders ..

    And, that is Amitabh Bachchan‘s latest news from his world of life and living.


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