Archive for August, 2004

Brush with the mystical

14 Rajab 1425

Today saw some very scary things happen to me.

My grandfather has a friend who is a pir. A mystic. A sufi. No, trust me it was scary as hell.

It is generally said that as you shake his hand while saying hello he can learn something about you. He will immediately give an opinion. Now, I am severely confused about my religious beliefs or the lack thereof along with my spiritual aspect or the lack thereof. So I knew that he cannot tell anything.

So, I just took all the eateries into the Drawing room while my grandfather and his friends sat there. Talking about someone who used to be very fat and is very weak now. My dada(grandfather) is old, so all he and his friends talk about is diseases. Very very depressing. Trust me.

So, I say Salaam and I shake hands with him. He looks into my eyes. Then turns slightly to my grandfater and says a couple of things to him about me. My grandfather said yes, you are right. Jalal is that way.

I had the wind knocked out of me so fast that I thought I was going to fall down. So I just sat next to him. I kept sitting there for half an hour. He kept talking about different things with the others. They talked about four general topics.

I can swear that those topics were chosen for me. I feel very strongly about all four things. And all four are very unusual and uncommon topics for discussion amongst friends. I was very very shocked.

He learnt things about me while not having seen me for more than two minutes. Then he talks about four things that he could not have told everyone there about me. So in a way he just told me irregularly.

Oh, and trust me, there were no freak coincidences. This seemed all very planned. If it were a coincidence. It would be a once in a billion coincidence.

So here I sit. Scared as hell.

13 Rajab 1425 Today was one of the most hectic…

13 Rajab 1425

Today was one of the most hectic days of my life. I went to work early. I came back late. According to the time of leaving and coming back home About 0620 to 2040. So I got back 20 minutes ago.

Got a glass of cold water. Told ammi (mother – doh!) to make me 4 fried eggs and toast for dinner. Told my sister she looks fat which relieved half of my tiredness. But then she told me that I look stupid. Then I had to tell my other sister that she looks like her nose is bent. Yet again that made me feel better. But she told me that my nose is bent. So I just shut up. Came into my room, closed the curtains, dimmed the lights, stripped to my shorts, put on some music, and now I am blogging.

Damn! This post gives too much information about how I spend my time when I am very very tired.

Also it kind of reveals how a family, with too many people coming back from arduous work, in a hot humid climate, at the same time, will behave with each other before they unwind.

12 Rajab 1425 Oh dear. Now my relation with my …

12 Rajab 1425

Oh dear. Now my relation with my father will go down the drain. Till now I have had an excellent relationship with my father.

But now he has started making me do things I dont want. He wants everything to work his way and all. I hate that. Just today. He forcibly gave me a new Cellphone. And then he forcibly gave me a digital camera. All by force. And I did not have a burning desire to have either of them.

I hate him.

11 Rajab 1425 Today’s post is dedicated to arti…

11 Rajab 1425

Today’s post is dedicated to artists. No, thankfully for you I will not write essays, pamphlets, booklets or tretises on what different artists and their art makes me feel, how I relate to them and what they are about to me. I will just list a couple of artist’s names that I have been looking at lately.

– Rembrandt

– Renoir

– Van Gogh

– Monet

– Whistler

Ahhhhhhhh. What bliss.

Ok, Ok, goddamnit. I admit it. Ok? Happy now? Happy? Huh?

Well, I admit that the last few posts have been writeen because I have become a boring working man. The 9 to 5 guy. With the after 5 life consumed by comedy shows and music. Actually it is more like an 8 to 9 guy. Since I get home at 9pm. Then I dont have time for anything.

So there. Happy now? I have said it. (Female Dog)!

10 Rajab 1425 Today’s post is dedicated to arti…

10 Rajab 1425

Today’s post is dedicated to artists. No, thankfully for you I will not write essays, pamphlets, booklets or tretises on what different artists and their art makes me feel, how I relate to them and what they are about to me. I will just list a couple of artist’s names that I have been looking at lately.

– Rembrandt

– Renoir

– Van Gogh

– Monet

– Whistler

Ahhhhhhhh. What bliss.

Ok, Ok, goddamnit. I admit it. Ok? Happy now? Happy? Huh?

Well, I admit that the last few posts have been writeen because I have become a boring working man. The 9 to 5 guy. With the after 5 life consumed by comedy shows and music. Actually it is more like an 8 to 9 guy. Since I get home at 9pm. Then I dont have time for anything.

So there. Happy now? I have said it. (Female Dog)!

10 Rajab 1425 Today’s post is dedicated to come…

10 Rajab 1425

Today’s post is dedicated to comedy shows. No, thankfully for you I will not write essays, pamphlets,

booklets or tretises on what comedy shows make me feel, how I relate to them and what they are about

to me. I will just list a couple of comedy shows that I have been watching lately.

– Friends

– Everybody Loves Raymond

– Sienfeld

– Becker

– Married to the Kellies

– Fawlty Towers

– Frasier

– Third Rock From the Sun

– The Drew Carey Show

– Just Shoot Me

Ahhhhhhhh. What bliss.

09 Rajab 1425 Todays post is dedicated to music…

09 Rajab 1425

Todays post is dedicated to music. No, thankfully for you I will not write essays, pamphlets, booklets or tretises on what music makes me feel, how I relate to it and what it is about. I will just list a couple of songs that I selected to listen to today.

Luciano Pavarotti – Rigoletto – La Donna e’ mobile (LIVE)

Mehdi Hassan – Gulon Main Rang Bhare Baad e Naubahar Chalay

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto 1

Elvis Presley – Always On My Mind

Zakir Hussain – Malkauns

Chopin – Fantasy – Improptu Op. 66

Farida Khanum – Chaand Nikle Kisi Janib

Kishore Kumar – Kuch To Log Kahenge

Queen – Too Much Love Will Kill You

Billy Joel – Piano Man

Nazia Hassan – Sun Mere Mehboob Sun

Ravi Shanker – Discovery of India

Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture

John Denver – Annie’s Song

Mehdi Hassan – Khuli Ja Ankh To Na Woh Zamana Tha

Asad Amanat Ali – Ghar Wapas Kab Aaoge

Eric Clapton – Old Love

Mehdi Hassan – Tumhain Mubarak Naee Khani

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Allah Muhammad Chaar Yaar

Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight

Ahhhhhhhh. What bliss.

08 Rajab 1425 Today was an absolute treat for m…

08 Rajab 1425

Today was an absolute treat for me.

First there was some Olympics stuff coming on the TV. There was some Weightlifting; some Judo; some; some Athletics; some Rowing and finally some Gymnastics.

Then I sat infront of the Paramount Comedy Channel for about half an hour. It turns out there was this show “News Radio” on. It was the first time I was seeing the show so I did not know if it was good or not. Then this guy “Joe” (Joe Rogan) takes off his shirt in the middle of an episode.

It was a good show.

It was a good day. I am very very happy and energized.

07 Rajab 1425 Ahhhhhh, what a wonder it is to s…

07 Rajab 1425

Ahhhhhh, what a wonder it is to sit in an automobile and drive along the beautiful boulevards of our great city of Karachi. With a roadside etiqutte that would shame the most law abiding of people and with a road system that would shame any other. Oh, what a wonder it is.

Not that that rant is over and I have gritted my teeth to a pulp I shall continue with today’s post.

Come to think of it. There is nothing to post about. Except my behaviour on the road. So I will post about that.

I was driving, as usual, and someone decided to cross the road, while expecting me to stop, since of course, he being on foot had all the right to suddenly run across the road, with one hand raised to point out that I should stop. I mean, the gall of me to think that he can not cross like this. So, I did the unthinkable.

I leaned out my window and screamed out “Sarak dekh kar par kiya karo!” (English : “Watch before you cross the road!”). It felt good. Too good. I would have to say that it was equal to 0.19 orgasms. Which is pretty nice for something on the road here.

06 Rajab 1425 There is good news and there is b…

06 Rajab 1425

There is good news and there is bad news. What do you want first, the good news or the bad news? OK, I cant do this. Actually, there is just average news and there is more average news. But you have to give it to me that the line about good news and bad news is kind of cool and kind of so severly cliched that I stopped it immediately.

The average news is that my boss called me into his office. We had a talk. He said he liked the fact that I am doing good at work. Something that came as a slight shock since the only interaction that we had in the last one month was clipped, slightly intonated sentences. Sorry, short sentences. Then he told me that he was going to let me follow up on two very interesting stories and that will help my job prospects. So in reality it turns out that he is a nice guy and I am the heinous bitch who cannot behave.

The other average news is that I went out with a friend today and I actually ended up eating 1.5 fried Chickens. How is that news? Well my good man (or woman), that is news because I won the bet that stated that I can not eat so much. Actually what I won was the price of the Chicken I ate, but that is besides the point. The point is that I won the bet. Or is it? Hmmmmm.

Whatever.

Also, is it just me or is it extremely bad manners when someone accidentally drops their Biryani on you and does not say they are sorry? I swear I did not do that. Actually I had that happen to me while I was eating abnormally large amounts of fried Chicken today. What the hell is wrong with people.

I like the fact that for once in my blog I am feeling sorry for others rather than myself.