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Coffee Houser Adda Ta Aaj Aar Nei ….

Today I was browsing through YouTube and came accross a very old bengali song by the name ” Coffee Houser Adda ta Aaj aar nei..” sung by Manna Dey.

It brought back very sweet and nostalgic memories . Any one who would have used Calcutta Global Chat from Yahoo! Chat function in and around 2000 – 2003 would probably share my view. There was lot of singing in the chat room, lot of adda, lot of friends formed in those years some of whom I cherish even till this day.


The song goes like

Coffee houser shei adda ta aaj ar nei aaj ar nei
Kothai hariye gelo shonali bikel gulo shei aaj ar nei
La la la la la….

Nikhilesh Paris a Moidul Dhaka te nei tara aaj kono khobor a
Grand er guitartist Goanese Dissuja ghumiye aache je aaj kobor a
Kake jeno bhalobeshe aghat peye je seshe pagla garod a aache Roma Roy
Amol ta bhugche duronto cancer a jibon koreni taake khoma hai

Coffee houser shei adda ta aaj ar nei aaj ar nei
Kothai hariye gelo shonali bikel gulo shei aaj ar nei

Suja tai aaj shudhu shobcheye shukhe aache shunechi to lakh poti shami tar
Hirey ar johorote aga gora mora shey gari bari shob kichu daami tar
Art colleger chele Nikilesh Shandal biggaponer chobi akto
Ar chokh bhora kotha niye nirbak srota hoye Dissuja ta boshe shudhu thakto
0oooo…

Coffee houser shei adda ta aaj ar nei aaj ar nei
La la la la la…..

Ekta table a shei teen char ghonta charminar ****ey cholto
Kokhono Vishnu Dey kokhono Jamini Rai ei niye torko ta cholto
Roode jhor brishti te jekhanai je thakuk kaj shere thik eshey juttam
Charte te shuru kore jomiye adda mere share saat tai thik uthtam

Coffee houser shei adda ta aaj ar nei aaj ar nei
La la la la la…..

Kobi kobi chehara kadhe te jholano bag muche jaabe Amol er naam ta
Ek ta kobita tar holo na kothao chapa pelo na shey protibhar daam ta
Officer socially Amateur natokay Roma Roy obhinoy korto
Kagozer reporter Moidul eshey roz ki likhechey tai shudhu porto Oooo…

Coffee houser shei adda ta aaj ar nei aaj ar nei
Kothai hariye gelo shonali bikel gulo shei aaj ar nei

Shei saath jon nei aaj table ta tobu aache saath ta peyala aaj o khali nei
Eki shey bagaan a aaj esheche notun kuri shudhu shei shey din er mali nai

Koto shopner rood uthe ei coffee house a koto shopno meghe dhekey jai
Koto jon elo gelo koto jon e ashbe coffee house ta shudhu theke jai

Coffee houser shei adda ta aaj ar nei aaj ar nei
Kothai hariye gelo shonali bikel gulo shei aaj ar nei
Hmmm la la la…..

A very rough english translation is

The adda and the good times spent at the Coffee House is lost forever, Where have all the golden afternoons gone… they have been lost forever

This song refers to the most famous Coffee House branch in Kolkata – the one at College Street – also known as the “Coffee House at College Street,”

Though it is a very very old song but the essence of the words are true till this very day and  aptly sums up our thoughts on the demise of nostalgia of the past as we see it today.

With the economic meltdown , liquidity crunch and almost everyone just running after money hopefully we can re-live the nostalgia for a longer period of time.

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    Anonymous
    March 14th, 2010 at 19:30 | #1

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    Constance Wilkes
    May 27th, 2010 at 16:09 | #2

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    Amit Kumar Mondal
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:44 | #3

    Coffee houser sei adda ta-a song that touches my heart deeply.I do strongly feel it has the transcendental quality of transporting us to to our past “wistfully” the past that we crave for but can’t roll back to for the cruel time has taken it away from us.A little touch of the young romance “kake jeno bhalobeshe…”makes it all the more heart touching to today’s young generation.Really there are songs and singers like Manna Dey who are never lost in the heaps of the past.

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