A bit of a digression from the lovely, lovely mood on this thread. These songs that celebrate simple values and ideals, and India itself, especially democracy and the vote, always make me so happy. They're always set in villages, and are quite similar to each other. I go to these invariably every time something disheartening takes place politically, and in their simplicity they are very powerful and uplifting. Make me feel hopeful again. They're patriotic in a very rare way - quiet and thoughtful and actually constructive.
Sharing a playlist here. If anyone knows any more like this please let me know :)
“So what good is farming? American seeds, American fertilizers. Pay for it, then pray for rain. They are shoving farming up our arse”, says a friend to Budhia clearly frustrated with the plight of farmers like him. Peepli live is a mirror. It tells you the way things are. As the curtain unveils, we see Nattha trying to run away. It turns out that it was a dream. Nattha and Budhia, are on their way back from a Bank. Budhia can’t pay his loan back and the bank is resolute to recover their money. As Budhia doesn’t sell diamonds, we know the bank will have their way. They are going to sell his land, the land that his forefathers had passed on to him, the land that was his only source of livelihood. The song that runs in the background is “”. We are not told if it was a dry season because it doesn’t matter. If it had rained and Nattha had a bumper crop, the prices would have plummeted and so would have Nattha’s income. In India, you don’t sow what you reap. O, my dear India, you indeed are an artist!