NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #5- Thumbi Vaa, from Olangal

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 5.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#5 – Thumbi Vaa

There are few songs that are evergreen. Old is gold, they say, and these songs are truly proof of that. Many good movies have come and gone in the film world after I was born, and after I first fell in love with songs and listening to them on my walkman. Yet, when I saw the video of, and heard my mom sing along to it, this song somehow made a mark on me. The song Thumbi Vaa, from the Malayalam movie Olangal, was popular then, and is popular even now.

What I love in this song is the picturization. A small family, happily spending time with each other in the park, the children (brother and sister) playing with each other and just having fun. It reminds me of my childhood days. The lyrics are lovely too, and one that I have memorized long back. The music from Ilaiyaraaja, one of India’s finest composers, and the voice of S Janaki, one of India’s best singers, makes the song more memorable actually. It’s just magical all round.

A line in the song says, “Pandatthe paatinde varikal chundatthu thenthulliyaay.” Which translates to, “The words of old songs became drops of honey on my lips.” I don’t think there can be a better description of what this song feels like when I hear it and sing along to it. Drops of honey… absolutely.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 5th Nov, 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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