Tuesday, 5 October 2010
letter from an absent friend, the inimitable Enver Mall
I am so glad that I have met guys like you and Wadroon. on FB.
Before that, I must confess that I was going through some inter generational mid life crisis which I was trying so hard to understand.
You see, most of the guys that I spent the 70s and 80s with at school and varsity have either metamorphosised or have amnesia.
They have changed into people who only seem to talk about the trade-in they got for their two year old merc when they bought their latest Merc or the merits of the different hotels they have stayed in on their last 4 or 5 trips for Hajj and Umrah.
And I just don't seem to fit into these conversations or care about it in the first place!
They are not the same people anymore that sang "Southern Man" and "Blowin in the Wind" with me whilst we were being carried out of the Friday night disco by caring friends. (Look, we often only were told about it the next day, so I can't say for certain that it happened!) For heaven's sake man, some of them don't even listen to music any longer as I am told that it is apparantly haram and that this realisation seems to have been revealed some time in the early 1990s and is now confirmed beyond any further theological debate or discussion on the matter.
And then I meet you guys and your circle of friends on FB and it is a relief to me that I am still sane and that the 70s and 80s really did exist and wasn't a figment of my imagination.
The musings, poetry, love for music, humour and love for life itself are like a breath of fresh air to me as compared to the many soap box exchanges on matters political, theological and trivial, that I get myself drawn into every day on FB
-- here's looking at you Enver, we couldn't do it without you bru !