Imagine being 16 and heedlessly in love with a man almost 16 years older than you. Imagine eloping with him and then walking out of a broken marriage with two children and a third on the way. Imagine being in the shadow of a far more successful sister and initially having to sing her rejects and for a long time, not being allowed to sing for any leading lady and having to voice the vamps. And then a few decades later ending up as the most recorded voice in the world. A legend unlike any other. With a voice not just of rebellion but of peace and seduction and prayer and poetry and passion and timelessness and eternal youth. Yes, Asha Bhonsle made it to the other side. By more than just the skin of her teeth and yes, Asha Bhonsle is a living proof of the fact that there are no mistakes in life. There are only challenges and set backs and life lessons. And if you can deal with them with all that you have got, you will get through anything. She is not of one mould, this one. If Lata Mangeshkar is the voice of ‘virakti‘ and spirituality, Asha Bhonsle’s voice is of ’unmaad‘, abandon, celebration and a whole hearted ‘yes’ to all of life. The good. The bad. The ugly. The unthinkable.