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Posted at: Mar 29, 2016, 12:34 AM; last updated: Mar 29, 2016, 12:34 AM (IST)PUNJABI TADKA

In his own company

Lyricist Jaani doesn’t fall back on mountains and trees to draw inspiration. He finds it everywhere
In his own company
All words: Jaani

Jasmine Singh

He doesn’t look for quiet corners, neither does he force himself to sit near a flowing river, and he definitely doesn’t need the pitter-patter of raindrops over his flat, to feel inspired. Punjabi music industry’s popular lyricist Jaani finds his words in the hustle-bustle of life. This young fellow from Gidderbaha, Punjab has given songs like Paani, Ek Taara, Jaguar, All Black, including the most-remembered Soch. A loner who can fit in a crowd of friends as well, Jaani is gearing up for his singing debut, as he talks about it and things that he feels strongly and not-so-strongly about! He opens the chapter with his heartfelt wish, as he likes to call...

Oh! I wish

It might sound funny or weird, but I want that someone should kidnap me and take me some place far. I had put up this wish on my instagram account as well, though I got all kinds of replies for this. This still remains a wish.

My state of mind now...

I want to stop writing for at least two months, and then spend few days in the mountains, and few days in the liberating air of Mumbai.

I get my words from

I do feel that ambience plays a role in the process of writing. For instance, if I am in the lap of nature, I would be able to write a particular kind of songs. So, I like to write everywhere, even at a club or sitting among friends.

The pen & paper days

I don’t think writers these days move around with a pen and paper. Whenever I am hit by a thought, or a word, I quickly punch it in my mobile, or sometimes, go back and write it on my laptop.

If they could sing my lyrics

I would want the Nooran sisters and Jasmine to sing my song some day. They have the best vocals, and they will certainly do justice to my writing.

Lyricists I admire

Gulzar and Irshad Kamil. Their words have the ability to transport one to some other world.

A song that stayed with me

I listen to many songs. However, Bollywood film Rockstar’s songs Naadan parindey or Khawaja ji have the same magic on me each time I hear them.

The real Jaani stands up

I am blessed with the ability to enjoy my own company and I am equally happy in the company of the few friends that I have.

My most dreaded moment

When my friend Hardy Sandhu and I heard the song Jaguar that I had written, after listening to a girl’s conversation, we both thought that the song was going to bomb. Even after the release of the song, we had no clue that it had become a huge hit.

The best compliment

When people heard the song Ek Taara, they said that I had actually written like Shiv Kumar Batalavi, which I know is something that can never be true. Nevertheless, when they said this, I did feel blessed.

Singing or writing

I will be making my singing debut soon. But I have to train myself for it before I jump into it. I put a part of me in the songs that I write, which will be the case always. Singing, I still have to see where it goes and how.


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