The Two Ladies

THE BIG FAT LADY:

Ó Terra doce e boa,
Ó minha amante gorda!
Desculpa-me, perdoa
Se te esqueci, embora…

Ó doce Esposa de Indra
Sobre os dois pés sentada!

– Camilo Pessanha, fragmento reconstruído de memória por Carlos Amaro e incluído na terceira edição de Clepsidra.

«- No meu espírito formou-se uma imagem terrivelmente nítida da Senhora Gorda. Imaginava-a sentada num alpendre durante todo o santo dia, a espantar moscas, com o aparelho de rádio em altos berros de manhã à noite. Imaginava que o calor era imenso e que provavelmente tinha um cancro (…)

– Não interessa… o lugar em que um actor representa. Pode ser em companhias de Verão, na rádio, na televisão, ou mesmo num maldito teatro da Broadway, com o público mais elegante, mais bem alimentado e mais bronzeado que se possa imaginar. Mas vou contar-te um segredo terrível… Estás a ouvir? Não há lá ninguém que não seja a Senhora Gorda (…). Não há ninguém em lado nenhum que não seja a Senhora Gorda de Seymour. Não sabes isso? Ainda não sabias esse terrível segredo? E não sabes, ouve-me bem, não sabes quem é realmente a Senhora Gorda?… Ah, companheira. Ah, companheira. É o Próprio Cristo. O Próprio Cristo, companheira».

– SALINGER (J.D.), Franny e Zooey. Lisboa: Relógio d’Água, 2002, ISBN 972-708-686-1, p. 174-5.

 

THE FAIR LADY:

This is the “Monsoon Wedding” (2001) version – Madhorama Pehncha Ve is a folk wedding songs sung during the mehndi or sangeet night for Punjabi weddings, preceeded by boliyan.

Ni Laa De Mainu Kaaleya Bhaghaan Di Mehndi
bring me mehndi from the black gardens
Ni Gore Gore Hathan Vich Rachdi Jaandi
that will be absorbed into my fair palms
Na Kar Sasse Putthar Putthar
mother-in-law (to be), don’t say son, son
Hun Taan Mahiyan Mera Ae
now he’s mine .. mahiyan meaning referring to her husband (to be)
Jadh O Paunda Kaccha Baniyan,
when he wore undershirts and underpants (or tees and shorts),
Tadh Da Putthar Tera Si
he was yours
Hun O Paunda Calvin Klein
now he wears Calvin Klein,
Hun Taan Mahiyan Mera Ae
now he’s mine
Jadh O Peenda Dudh Di Bottle
when he drank milk from the bottle,
Tadh Da Putthar Tera Si
then he was yours
Hun O Peenda Malt Whiskey
now he drinks Malt Whiskey
Hun Taan Mahiyan Mera Ae
now he’s mine
Naale Khaanda Caviar
and he eats caviar
Hun Taan Mahiyan Mera Ae
now he’s mine
Jadh O Kehnda Mummy Mummy
when he used to say Mommy Mommy,
Tadh Da Putthar Tera Si
then he was yours
Hun O Kehnda Darling Darling
now he says Darling, Darling
Hun Taan Mahiyan Mera Ae
now he’s mine

Madhorama Pehncha Ve Ran Kehdi Kariye?
madhorama pehncha, which girl should we pick?
Madhorama Pehncha Ve Hun Moti Kariye
madhorama pehncha, now let’s pick the fat one
Moti Ran Da Ki Salaiye
what will we do with the fat one?
Kali Manjha Malle
she takes up the mattress all on her own
Darrda Kasam Na Nehde Aave
her fearful husband doesn’t come near
Dooron Pakhiyan Chale
batting his eyes from afar
Isko Padi Rehndo
let her remain there
Hum Tau Aur Karenge
we’ll pick another
Isko Chhod Chalenge
we’ll leave her behind
Hum Tau Babu Log Hain
we are noble folk
Shava Shah Jawani
youth rules
Jawani Badi Mastani
youth is intoxicating
Kurre? Pha Bada Lalti
??????????????
Main Koi Jhoot Boleya?
did I lie?
Main Koi Khufr Toleya?
did i look for bad thoughts?

Madhorama Pehncha Ve Hun Kehdi Kariye?
madhorama pehncha, now which (girl) should we pick?
Madhorama Pehncha Ve Hun Gori Kariye
madhorama pehncha, let’s pick the fair one
Gori Ran Da Ki Salaiye
what will we do with the fair one?
Yun Makhan Da Pehda
she’s like a pat of butter
Gori Chadh Chobaare Suti
she (climbed up and) sleeps upstairs
Aashiq Chautha Gehda
her lover keeps pacing (waiting)
Isko Le Chalenge
we’ll take her
Humko Yehi Pasand Hai
we like this one
Hum Tau Vyah Karenge
we will marry her
Disco Dance Karenge
we will disco dance
Hum Tau Gentleman Hain

NOTE: “We” can be exchanged with “I” depending on what’s going on, I used we since it’s a chorus but I believe in the film one woman is leading dressed as a man at this point, so “I” can also be used…

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