NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #19 – O My Friend, from Happy Days

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 19.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#19 – O My Friend, from Happy Days

I have always wanted to learn Telugu, but not got around to it. It’s not that easy to learn a language perhaps, or maybe I’ve not got the time or discipline to. Telugu was quite prominent in my college days, with so many of my classmates and batchmates quite fluent in speaking it. Though their influence didn’t reflect in my learning, it definitely influenced my music. This was a song that I heard and loved before quite a few of my classmates did. The movie was a popular one as well.

I relate to this song a lot because of the way friendship has played a part in my life. The lyrics of this song are quite powerful in expressing a strong friendship. I’ve continued to hear it often, and over time, the lyrics have become quite stuck in my mind. And the tune too, of course.

The part of the lyrics I love the most?

Ontaraina, Ootamaina
Venta nadiche needa vena

It translates to…

In loneliness or defeat
I am the shadow that walks along with you

I have few such friends who mean the world to me. It’s wonderful, how music can touch hearts, isn’t it?

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 19th 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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