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.

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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.