So, this happened today.
We have our secret santa game going on in our team at work. Santas have been actively giving fun tasks to everyone. This guy who is good at mimicry was asked to mimick all the managers in the team. This friend who was good at poetry was asked to recite a poem praising herself, and so on.
One of my teammates has a 1 year old son. She got a task to sing a lullaby to an audience of at least 10. Santa’s ask was to record it and send it to the team for whoever must have missed it.
She sang Surmayee akhiyon mein… The song is from an 80’s cult classic movie where the hero tries to put the childish heroine to sleep. Thousands of kids have slept to this song since the 80s.
She sang it beautifully. Lovely voice. I was the one recording it on the phone to be sent to the team. Lullaby, right? I sensed a lump in my throat as she was singing. This was the first time I was hearing one after May 2016. For the fear of drawing attention, I continued to stay there until she was done. I went back to my desk, humming this song and fighting the lump at the same time.
I opened YouTube and listened to this song on loop. I like the original version of this song better, which is in Tamil language. I like the sentiments and words choice in this better. I switched to the Tamil version after sometime.
To all the unsung lullabies that formed the lump, I’ll sleep to one tonight!