Hajj – Day 01

i had slept at 3 in the morning so i woke up after a lapse of 8 hours and 30 minutes i.e, 11:30. the hajj holidays of the school had started so thrawn and maa were at home. we have to go to makkah today to shahan baji’s home. as puppa is gone to canada since 17th, asif uncle came to help. he phoned us and said that he would come at 3:00. shahid farooqui also had to come before 3 but didn’t. we packed 2 handbags, took a huge basket of food and boarded asif uncle’s car at 3:10. ahsan came and took the America Online diskettet at 3:00. zafar bhai has gone to a friend. who this friend is no body knows. he doesn’t want to tell who it is either. we have thus locked all the doors of the house.

we were granted permission to enter Makkah from both the checkpoints. then i saw the first buildings of makkah at 4:17 (i noted the time). it took us about another 30 minutes to reach the mansion. the whole area has changed a lot. the house was surrounded by trees but now by buildings. well, we unloaded our belongngs and asif uncle went back. we then met shahana baji and aarshi uncle. then we started playing cricket. i won two matches. then we came back inside and slept till 9:00.

maa woke us up and we ate dinner. then we strolled outside. i read Sherlock Holmes. skid is going to arsalan’s house tomorrow. we will go to Haram Mosque on thursday i think. fowad gave me a whole bunch of advice and wished for my safety before we left. the house is big, real big. so is the garden behind it. we have been given a room. skid and i sleep on beds. maa and thrawn on mattresses.

it’s 12 now and i will now lie down reading The Solitary Cyclist involving Miss Violet Smith. i have already read The Dancing Men with Mr. & Mrs. Hildton Cubbit. also finished The Adventures of The Priory School.

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