Friday, September 20, 2013


Having a mother who still teaches one a decade after her departure from this life.
She is the mom, beneath whose feet ,the messenger described as paradise.

What was man born to do?

To fight for truth and win, and in defeat ,to admit defeat, but NOT to accept defeat within.

At long last, after a long dark night of the soul, she awakened my 
discouraged spirit, saying as she had decades ago. "Son. It is not the end of the world, rise and shine again."

  "Zero plus zero is still zero", my mother said this many times, but I have always been too dumb to understand her.
The current state of the  land of the pure, to which we managed to move in August 1947, from Delhi .........the current state is a big fat zero minus.

Why do I say this?

My friend pointed this out the other day while we biked around this town.
It was a sunny day, cool and bracing, [they call it Indian Summer]
 "As long as you have the American boot on your neck you can not ever be FREE."
"Why are you concerned?" 
"Because if Pakistan breaks free of their boot, it helps us in the rest of the planet."

Paul is a very passionate friend.
He even went down with the pink ladies group to support Imran Khan's campaign prior to the recent election in Pakistan.
"Do you have ANY humour in your holy book?"
"Please show me something humorous in it."
All we hear in the media daily is "Kill, Kill, Kill."

I must concede that Paul has a point.
"I shall make a concerted effort to find HUMOUR in it."
While I make this promise, I am not very hopeful 
Albert Brooks, a few years ago did make a foray into Delhi to find an answer to the vital question.
"Did you see the movie?" 

Paul did not see the movie. "I do not see movies."

Paul is a DOER, not a mealy mouthed procrastinator like me.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Jinnah's dream, dashed?

This afternoon at rounds at the hospital, the oldest member of our medical staff, Dr.George B. asked me, "Tell me, how is Pakistan?" I told him that the country is unwell. My good friend, Dr. S. G. Shah, FRCS had a one-word diagnosis for Pakistan when I popped the very same question to him last Monday. “Pakistan is in RIGOR MORTIS,” he said. I was flabbergasted. 

It was Jinnah who said, “God has granted to us the grand opportunity to build up this nation. Let it not be said that we did not prove unequal to the TASK.” (These words are engraved on the large examination/convocation hall at King Edward Medical College where I studied.)  

Dr. George B. continued: “With no electricity nor potable water for the average citizen, let alone social justice – do you regret having formed Pakistan?"

I will answer that question in a later post.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Test Test Test

This is a test to see if Aba's blog is still working... Call me and let me know if you can read this Aba!!