Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania and Jerry

In India today the Google Doodle celebrates a national celebrity, Mohammed Rafi, a prolific and famous movie singer born on this day in 1924 (he died in 1980). From the very first time when Indian movies featured singing actors , virtually all of that singing was done not by the actors themselves, but by people like Rafi and his female equivalent, the very famous and prolific  Lata Mangeshkar (born 1929 and still with us). The actors, as they do now, simply lip-synched the prerecorded tracks. As Wikipedia says of Rafi:

Mohammed Rafi was an Indian playback singer and one of the most popular and successful singers of the Hindi film industry. Rafi was notable for his voice and versatility; his songs ranged from classical numbers to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans. He was known for his ability to mould his voice to the persona of the actor, lip-syncing the song on screen in the movie. He received six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India.

Rafi is primarily noted for his songs in Hindi, over which he had a strong command. He sang around 7,405 songs in many languages. He sang in other Indian languages including Konkani, Bhojpuri, Odia, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Magahi, Maithili and Urdu. Apart from Indian languages, he also sang songs in English, Farsi, Arabic, Sinhalese, Creole and Dutch.

. . . Rafi was buried at the Juhu Muslim cemetery and his burial was one of the largest funeral processions in India as over 10,000 people attended his burial. The government of India announced a two-day public holiday in his honour

Here’s his Doodle (click on it to go to a photographic biography of the man), and below I’ll put one of the songs he sang

Here are Rafi and Mangeshkar together singing a romantic duet (the actors are lip-synching), “Teri Suniya Se Door Chale Hoke Majboor”, from the 1961 movie Zabak, made in Tamil. (English translation here.) This is the precursor of the modern Bollywood musical:

Some bits and pieces from Twitter

Further evidence of the dignity of cats.

And the dramatic rescue of a frozen bird.

Penguins, because Jerry loves them almost as much as cats. Truefact.

Good news, everybody!

Meanwhile in Winnipeg, Gus is wrapping presents, eager to get his promised Xmas present, a pork chop! He adds this assurance to me, his Uncle, that he’s been a good cat:

I haz bin gud, I promize. Zee, I hepped wif de wrapping, zee how fast I movez. =^..^=

The final word is from Hili in which she discovers an unpleasant truth.

Hili: What am I going to get under the Christmas tree?
A: We don’t have a Christmas tree.
Hili: We have so many other trees.

In Polish:

Hili: Co dostanę pod choinkę?
Ja: Nie mamy choinki.
Hili: Mamy tyle innych drzew.

Hat-tip to Matthew


  1. Christopher
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    That Siberian farm cat has more than a passing resemblance to O. manul, and for good reasons I imagine. It does make me wonder if there are any good books that look scientifically at the diversity of domestic cats around the world. If this Siberian cat is a good representative of that regional population, then they are quite distinctive (physically anyway) from our North American house cats, which differ from the Turkish cats we saw in a previous post, which again are easily distinguishable from those Japanese cats on that cat island. It’s a potty Darwin didn’t write a book on the domestication of teh kitty, as he did on worms, barnacles, and climbing plants.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Unlike the Pallas’s that you mention this cat hasn’t got its own binomial & it interbreeds with other domestic cat ‘varieties’

      The Siberian Forest Cat is found in the Taiga [the vaster than vast forest] north of the range of the Pallas & it’s been mentioned in Russian folklore for hundreds of years. It’s now a common house cat throughout the world after introduction into the US nearly 30 years ago. It gets shown at cat breed shows – a massive comedown for the dignified feral creature of the photo! It is described as “hypoallergenic” [!! laugh or cry?] along with a dozen other varieties of long coats so that has spread its popularity too

      Here’s LOTS MORE PICS BY ALLA of her many Siberian Cats which live off the land mostly at her farm

      And here’s HER YOUTUBE CHANNEL with more cat than you can shake a stick at!


  2. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Hili: What am I going to get under the Christmas tree?

    A suntan.

  3. Posted January 27, 2018 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Wisdom looks terrific for her age!

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