all good things come to an end

so i learned today. i had been alone here in jeddah since 26th decemeber 1996. sheesh, that was last year. well, paa was in canada at the time, skid in canada too, and maa and sunny in karachi, pakistan. i had a long argument with paa and i eventually won and and so i stayed alone in jeddah, saudia. paa had given me 7000 SR in cash to spend during his absence. i gave back 3000 SR to maa today. where the other 4000 SR were spent is another matter. i have, however, prepared a list and i will copy it after a few pages.

i made a great mistake that i cannot undo. i didn’t write during the period of 27th december 1996 and 26th january 1997. here are the things i remember. the very next day when my father left for canada, kami suggested in school to go to PIZZA HUT for lunch. and i agreed. so we ate pizza’s (ALL YOU CAN EAT). i was the guy with the money so i paid the 40 SR. the next day me, shahzeb, ahsan, and junaid went to POPEYES. it wasn’t that good. in the afternoon or night (8:30 pm) imran and i were wandering near the school when imran suggested to go to AL-BAIK. i immediately agreed. after all, who’s waiting for me at home ?

imran’s parents had to go to makkah. i had to get a diskette from sheraz so i told imran to let us first go to sheraz and then to his house. he told me to go and collect the diskette and then come to his house. i didn’t want to go to sheraz’s house alone cuz the guy makes me nervous. anyway, i did collect my diskette and told him that me and imran were going to AL-BAIK. asked him if he wanted to accompany us too. he went, asked for persmission, came and told me (as always) to wait for 2 minutes. it’s always 2 minutes. anyways, he seemed too astonished when i told him about my financial condition. we went to AL-BAIK and ate the chicken broast. i bought and gave the broasts to both of them. and thus 33 SRs went there.

i kept going to school regularly. went to kami’s one day and stayed for a couple of hours. on 01/01/1997 sher gave us a party. the day was wednesday. we had planned to cut school and go to Ballad or something. hussam, kamran, sher, hesham, and i were going. sher phoned and reconfirmed that i was awake. kamran reached here first. then hussam and sher. and last of all hesham. hussam ironed his shirts and pants. kami borrowed my grey shirt. we dressed, i.e, changed our uniforms and headed for ballad.

unboarded at Mehmal Centre. enjoyed the day very much. bought THE ROCK for 30 SR from a phillipino. also bought METALLICA – LOAD, BUSH – SIXTEEN STONE, and SWEETROCK. then all of us ate AL-BAIK. reached home and when we got out of the limousine, hesham blurted out, “sikander, a girl named aasia lives around here somewhere. do you know her ?” and i replied, “are you asking ME ?”. and when i looked up to their gallery, aasia’s mother (basheera) was looking down at us.

at noon, me and shahzeb went to AL-RAYA Supermarket from where i bought a NEWSWEEK. jojji’s maamo, i.e, brother of mother, came from Pakistan. he brought with him about 20 CDs. jojji doesn’t have a CD Player so i gave him my AIWA NSX 990 Mini HiFi deck for recording on the third of january. i took his VCR and watched 12 Monkeys, The Rock, and Apollo 13. got my deck back on 4th january.

talked to puppa and asked him permission to buy a VCR. got it. so went with hussam to International Market on the 6th and bought a JVC VCR for 650 SR. the original price was 720. the next day was SportsDay. this time (after a 2 year delay), we got access to Al-Ittehad Sports Stadium. but only those who participated were allowed to go to the stadium. the rest were to stay in the school, i.e, in their classrooms.

so on 7th january, sarosh, khurram, imran, and sheraz came to my house. watched INDEPENDENCE DAY. sheraz, sarosh, and i were watching it for the first time, khurram for the second, and imran for the fifth. it was an awesome movie. imran and i also played Mortal Kombat 3 on my PC. we both love it. i always play by Kung Lao and he by Lui Kang.

at night, i rented SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and went to kami’s house. i slept while watching the movie that night. the next day, 8th, i rented SABRINA from AQEEL Video. the cast is harrison ford and julia ormond. the day was wednesday. i had a bad stomach ache during Chemistry’s practical. so did sheraz. he went home. rahat gave me SPICE GIRLS and i recorded the whole album. me, shahzeb, ahsan, junaid, and hammad went to PIZZA HUT where i ate 12 slices and 3 glasses of Pepsi. jojji ate 14.

thursday, 09th, saw me going to Kababsh restaurant with talha for dinner. talha was alone in jeddah like me since the 5th. ate jal frezi, dal maash, kher, falooda. watched DIE HARD III and BIG. zafar uncle came and slept. and then came friday, the bid day. why ? well, ahsan was born today, sixteen years ago and also RAMADAN started.

ate sehri and went to tawoon mosque with talha and shahzeb. in the afternoon, we were invited to ahsan’s for an iftar party. i gave him two cassettes, E-Type – The Explorer and Ace of Base – It’s A Beautiful Life. me, fahad, shahzeb, ahsan, junaid were present alongwith others. played SNES and 3DO. ahsan has a PC, SEGA, SNES, 3DO, NEOGEO, and SONY PLAYSTATION. he’s real rich. but he still isn’t happy. now he wants to buy a NINENDO 64. me and ahsan watched all three parts of DIE HARD. everyone was great.

i don’t remember the date of the day talha and i went to Shoula Centre but i do remember it was after 10th and before 20th. it takes about 15 minutes by car and we went on foot. bought a shirt on the way from AL-HARAM. reached the centre and talha bought 5 CDs. gave one to me named 100 Adventure Games. All of them were shareware. he also bought a Phil Collins cassette. didn’t have any strength left for coming back home on foot so we stopped a taxi. me and talha also sat on the main entrance platform of our school at 2:30 am in the night and ate burgers and drank pepsi. then went to Tihama park were we sat and talked till 4:30. then came home and slept like a dead horse.

najeed stayed at talha’s house for three days. both of them came to my house at 3:30 and we watched JHONNY MNUEMONIC, MASK, and two cassettes of MTV. talha made a mixture of beer, pepsi, water, and apple juice. the smell of the resulting liquid was unbearable. i took one sip only. talha drank four glasses and then slept. we sliced a pizza with the MULTIGAMES CD. enjoyed ourselves very much. rented MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, CABLE GUY, etc.

monday, 20th january 1997, was one of the best days of my life. i had to go to school but i was feeling very very sleepy. so i wrote two notes to kamran and najeeb and gave them to talha and slept all day long. told kamran to return my book to the librarian and to arrange with imran, sarosh, sheraz, and khurram what to bring to the One-Dish Iftar Party. told najeeb to bring me SLANG. then slept till 12:50 pm when kamran phoned me and woke me up. he said hussam is coming to my house. as hussam went to tuition directly from schook, instead of going home, he came here. i started cleaning my room. he slept while i kept cleaning till 4:30. then took a bath while he ironed his clothes. when i got out, i was wearing a vest and towel. i put on my shoes, locket, and took my guitar. then hussam took this picture :

great, isn’t it. as soon as he snapped this shot of me, the bell rang and sarosh came. he brought samosa’s and fruit chat. the came kami and sheraz. they brought two pepsi’s. then khurram (chickpeas) and last of all imran (kababs and samosas). i ordered two large Super Supreme Pizzas and two salads from PIZZA HUT. the total cost was 122 SR. we took photos. kamran talked with sadia. we all listened secretly. played SNES and PC. sarosh changed my windows password and refused to tell me the new one. anyway, i corrected the problem. he had changed ‘dear’ to ‘suck my ass’. god! i do hate the fellow. but he’s a good friend too. sheraz left at 7:45, then kami and imran, hussam and khurram, and last of all sarosh at 11:25. i enjoyed myself throughout the day.

by the way, i forgot. on 15th january was hussam’s birthday and i went to his house on the 16th. went to Jamjoom centre and bought him a model of BMW. also bought the locket for myself that day. on tuesday, 21st, i held a part for ammar, omer, shahzeb, ahsan, and junaid. on wednesday, talha and i iftared at imran’s door. at night we three went to WATANIA and i bought a Stephen King poster while talha bought ID4. talha came at 5 the same night and we watched HAPPY GILMORE and then slept. he went home at 12 the next day. on friday, i delivered free Iftar meals to kamran, ahsan, and sheraz. on saturday, i slept the whole day. even missed iftar by waking up at 6:45.

and then today maa and sunny came home. sunny is much thinner now. maa is the same. they brought LOAD for jojji, two belts for shahzeb, TULSI for me, etc etc. they slept the day away and i decided not to go to school tomorrow cause we will start packing for Canada.


alone in the arabian peninsula

i am a big fool cause i haven’t written in this diary for weeks. even though i wanted to and even though major changes and events took place, i didn’t get a chance to write. i was sleepy whenever i remembered that i had to collect the days happenings. even now, i ain’t at home but am in school watching professor Jan-e-alam draw an illustration of a Nuclear Reactor. He’s through with it now. So will write either at home or in the next English period…… ah! good news. he’s dictating a lecture on above mentioned topic. so i can easily write in my diary cuase he won’t know what i am writing.

i reached the saudi airport from pakistan on 27th i.e, Thursday. paa and irfan uncle were sitting where i had advised them. i went through Passport Control easily. the customs however bugged me. it isn’t customs but the saudi security checks your luggage for any sign of liquor, pornography, and things like that. i was wearing a suit cause paa had told me to. the official checked my luggage thoroughly. but he didn’t get to the films. i am a master of deception. i had APOLLO 13 and THE MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW with me. they were inside the thighs of the Calvin Klien jeans that i had bought for kamran. the pants were folded and were in the centre and bottom portion of the suitcase. so the jerk didn’t catch me. i got out after being thoroughly checked and felt over by another jerk in the Men’s Search Room. Man, pakistanis are really notorious around here. finally i got out. felt good.

we sat in our Mercedes and it felt great. everything so clean and all the roads so smooth and spacious. reached home after dropping irfan uncle on the way. our home is really big. and my room is the best. i love it here. paa’s flight to canada was scheduled to leave tonight at 1:40 so he had to pack and go to the airport before 11:05 pm.

and he left. i talked to maa in pakistan on the phone and i have no recollection of it. paa says that i talked 5 minutes at least but i can’t remember. he bought two shoes, an overcoat, and some other things before leaving. and on the night of thursday i was left alone in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

paa actually left in a taxi and i was downstairs (naturally) when he left. shahzeb was there too. i stayed downstairs afterwards. went to baqqala and bought some pepsi. then came home with shahzeb. he stayed till 2 in the morning. the time flew past like a bullet train. we kept playing on the computer; Mortal Kombat 2, Street Fighter, and yes Lady Love. paa has left around 7k with me. isn’t that a little too much ?? i could’ve survived in a thousand.

1996 Hajj

Hajj – Day 06

i slept well yesterday ignoring the fact that i woke up thrice and then it took me minimum 45 minutes to go to sleep again. but it turned out well and i completed my rest. i was wokened by bhaijan and it was 4 by my watch. the sun still hadn’t risen. we went and took ablution. then came back and prayed fajr. that over we concentrated towards our nutrition. we ate and then started to pick up little rocks called kankaaryaan to throw them at the satan monuments. we will have to go back to Mina for that. i collected 105 and bhaijan collected 106. thus a grand total of 111. it is 49 per head. we are me, bhaijan, sunny, and mumma so 49×4 =196. bhaijan and sunny have gone to the washroom and still haven’t come back. we distributed lassi and cucumbers to people. everybody, well not everybody, took them happily. right now it is 6:10 and the ladies are taking breakfast. then we’ll go to Mina. this is our last day in Ihram. bhaijan and sunny came back at 6:15. crowds and crowds of pilgrims are constantly on the move. i can assure you that there is no other place on this whole world where 2 million people move from one valley to another place and then to another valley and back. just imagine, how many tires there are in Makkah alone right now… the litres of petrol, etc. etc.

breakfast over, i and bhaijan also slept. aarshi uncle and saeed were already sleeping. i woke up at 10:30. then we started packing. then we got in the car, on the roof. the others wre below. only me and bhaijan were above. we were going pretty fast. we reached Mina and there we found ourselves in a traffic jam. the driver is very stubborn. all of us have to shout at him. he always thinks he himself is the only person who is not crazy. we made him get out of Mina. naseer uncle told me and bhaijan to come down. i don’t wanna come down from this roof. but we did. we directed saeed with shouts and orders and we found ourselves on the highway. as there was no one on the roof except certain provisions, he was driving pretty fast when suddenly we heard a bang and away went the carpet, the mat, the large spoon, the small pot, the large pot, and the buckets. we immediately sverwed to the right. then i and naseer uncle hurried to get the things back. the others travelled and made a U-turn and came back. i collected all the things and again me, bhaijan, and naseer uncle sat on top.

we reached azziziah and parked the car. then we took 9 stones each and climbed the mountain. there were stairs of course. we took two free bottles of water. we had divided into small groups. me, sunny, bhaijan, aarshi uncle. mumma, nasreen aunti. aasma aunti, faiza aunti. shahana aani, naseer uncle. rubi aunti, mohammed, hammad, sameera. maid, saeed. we met mumma and nasreen aunti when they were trying to catch a bottle from the man in the truck who was distributing it in the crowd. they missed it and it crashed on the ground and spread everywhere. i immediately offered my bottle. then we kept going towards the jamaraat (the satan pillars). we tried to go from the bridge but the police didn’t allow it. here and there people were having their heads shaved. we reached the “La Grande Jamara” and threw the stones. three of mine missed. bhaijan missed only one, sunny two, nasreen aunti two. nasreen aunti also threw with such little pressure that they hit the head of some people.

well, we came back and took many bags of ice cubes and bottles of water. we actually took five bags. filled all the coolers and the iceboxes but still half of one bag was full. we then boarded the van and headed home. we threw cubes of ice to other men sitting on the roofs. went through five tunnels. you don’t hear the noise of the huge fans when you are directly beneath them. the driver reached home after 45 minutes. then we went to the barbers shop. naseer, aarshi, and saeed uncle are now bald. we three had kassar and not halaq so we just have short hair now. bhaijan felt a bit wobbly. the barbers were good natured and become friends. all but the three of us were gone to buy the slaughter sheeps. we thus started on goot. it was a long way. we had only to walk a few more minutes when naseer uncle came in his car and told us to sit. we did and he took us back to the barber because aarshi uncle had to cut his hair.

we had lunch, then i bathed, changed clothes, and went outside to see two sheep tied together, one dying, three heads of sheep with their feet and one head of a camel with its legs. i then came back and slept. woke up at 1130 and completed the remaining part of The Crooked House by Agatha Christie. it was, obviously, very good. following are the characters; Charles Hayward (our hero), Sophia Leonides (our heroine), Aristide Leonide (grandfather of Sophia), Philip Leonide (father of Sophia), Magda Leonide (mother of Sophia), Roger Leonide (brother of Philip), Clemency Leonide (wife of Roger), Edith Elfrida de Haviland (Sister of Aristide), Taverner (Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard), Brenda Leonide (second wife of Aristide), Lawrence Brown (tutor), Eustace (brother of Sophia), Josephine (sister of Sophia), Nannie (nannie), and Mr. Hayward (Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard)

“The Lenoides were just one big happy family, living contentedly in a large house in Swinlydean. It was not until the death of Aristide that they discovered that one member of the family was a murderer. Instead of his regular injection of insulin, Aristide had been given eserine, and whoever substitued this deadly poison had not even bothered to get rid of the incriminating evidence. Either the culprit was very stupid — or possibly very clever. Charles Hayward, son of Assistant Commisioner of Scotland Yard, was about to marry Sophia Leonide. So he had a vested interest in solving, as quickly as possible, the sinister mystery of the ‘Crooked Home'”

would you believe it, a child of 12, jospehine, did it. she killed Aristide and Nannie with eserine and digitalin respectively.

we had to go to Mina today at 8:30 but nobody did because everyone was sleeping. however, we read that going to Mina was sunnat and not Farz or Wajib. well its 2:06 right now and i am going to sleep. tomorrow we will hit Big, Medium, and Small jamaraa. day after tomorrow, only the small one, and then haj complete. bye.