“When you’re weary, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all,” are the lyrics of this song by Simon And Garfunkel called Bridge Over Troubled Water

Jagjit Singh (whose birth anniversary is today) is someone who does the same with his silken voice. Indeed, there is a certain pleasure in acknowledging your sadness and letting the emotional wounds heal. Singh’s voice achieves just that magic. 

“Whenever I get a ghazal, the first thing I see is its lyrics. The lyrics should be simple to understand, because a lot of people in India don’t understand Urdu,” he said in an interview with Madeeha Anwar. 

“A song should be melodious, not noisy. So that the listener should become relaxed, not restless,” he added. 

So without further ado, let’s look at the five ghazals that is sure to cheer you up. 

Honthon Se Choo Lo Tum


Favourite lines: 

Jag ne chheena mujhse
Mujhe jo bhi laga pyaara
Sab jeeta kiye mujhse
Main har dam hi haara

Tum haarke dil apna
Meri jeet amar kar do

Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya

Favourite lines: 

Hum Labon Se Keh Na Paaye, Unse Haal-E-Dil Kabhi
Aur Woh Samjhe Nahin Ye Khamoshi Kya Cheez Hai

Tumko Dekha Toh Yeh Khayaal Aaya


Favourite lines: 

Hum Jisse Gungunaa Nahi Sakte
Waqt Ne Aisa Geet Kyun Gaaya

Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho

Favourite lines: 

Aankhon Mein Nami, Hansi Labon Par
Kya Haal Hai Kya Dikha Rahe Ho

Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti


Favourite lines: 

Ye daulat bhi le lo, ye shohrat bhi le lo 
Bhale cheen lo mujhse meri jawaani 
Magar mujhko lauta do bachchpan ka saawan 
Wo kagaz ki kashti wo barish ka pani