Living abroad for me was really exciting and enriching experience, but it also came with its fair share of challenges. Where adapting to a new culture and navigating unfamiliar situations are stressful music was my ultimate refuge and a powerful tool to help me soothe.
Recently, a Pakistani song caught my eyes on YouTube as people are appreciating the tunes and especially praising lyrics that resonate with most of the expatriates. I also gave it a try.
I am talking about, “Pardes Katenda” a song by Adnan Dhool, a Pakistani singer, songwriter, and composer.
The song was released earlier this year and has gained popularity in two months. The song is sung in the Saraiki language, which is from the Indo-Aryan group of languages spoken in parts of Pakistan and India, the reason why neighbours across the border are also praising the song.
Maintaining relationships with loved ones in different time zones can be challenging and if you find music in your local language, you feel it’s a way to express emotions when words may fall short.
“Pardes Katenda” is a melancholy masterpiece that explores the complexities of love, distance, and the unbreakable bond between individuals and their families back home. The lyrics of the song describe the pain of separation and distance between two lovers who are forced to live apart due to circumstances beyond their control.
Adnan Dhool’s passionate performance and soul-stirring lyrics and melody make this song a poignant and relatable exploration of the human experience.
Whether you’re an expatriate yearning for home or simply a lover of profound music, “Pardes Katenda” is a melody that will touch your heart and linger in your soul.
Apart from the yearning of two lovers, the song also encapsulates the spirit of those who leave their homeland to pursue their dreams.
Earlier this year, HABIB METRO also used the song for its remittance product, where the commercial shows how one takes different journeys in life to fulfil the dreams of his loved ones.
The lyrics paint a vivid picture of internal struggles, unexpressed sentiments, and bittersweet moments that mark the journey of those who chase their aspirations far from home.
The melody strikes a chord with the heart, resonating with listeners who have experienced the ache of distance.
The song is available on all major music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.