V Mahajirzadeh:Laws of Ventilation and Other Quotes

April 19, 2006

I Mahajirzadeh: Mushtaque Ahmed Yusufi - An Introduction
II Mahajirzadeh:Manjhli and BaRi
IIIMahajirzadeh:Choti and the Siami Begum
IV Mahajirzadeh:The Great Hand Car Wash

Mahajirzadeh had some unique and weird ideas. He used to say education should be for the educated: it should not be wasted on the uneducated.

He liked qawwalis but hated qawwals. For ganays (songs) and ganaywalis (singers) his views were diametrically opposite.

For abortion and sood (interest) he had a unique solution. Make them legal for those who believe in them and illegal for those who do not. Had he moved here we are sure he would have added halaal food to this list.

Contrary to prevailing customs, he liked his wife and other's children.

Mahaijirzadeh provided the stimulus for temporal's Third Law of Ventilation. In any room or hall, regardless of the size and position of ventilation ducts, the smoke tends to flow in the direction of the most sensitive nose. And, of course, without the help of any revelation, heavenly or earthly, you can guess temporal's Fourth Law---The rate of flow of the smoke is directly proportional to the sensitivity of the nose.

Much before the advent of VCR , we learned to appreciate the old black and white Hollywood westerns he would screen every Saturday evening. He would switch off the sound from the Bell & Howell 16 mm projector and play Sorayya, Sehgal, Aatma, and vintage Nurjehan on his Sony reel to reel. Once you get used to Gary Cooper and Aatma or John Ford and Sehgal, you would watch westerns no other way.

His religious views were oracular. He told us once, pehlay insaan, phir muslmaan: pehlay ta'aleem, phir tafheem: pehlay khuda, phir rasool. We were very young then to fully understand or appreciate him. Even now there are times when we find him paradoxical.

He used to say Pakistani Muslims were of three kinds: those who get lucky --- often, occasionally and seldom. In turn they were liberal, moderate and fundamentalist.

We never saw Mahajirzadeh emerging from the mosque. Ostensibly he never entered one either.

Conclusion: VI Mahajirzadeh:Inventions

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Anil Menon
April 19, 2006
08:40 AM

Temporal: Just marvelous. Are you really going to end with just one more?

April 19, 2006
02:47 PM

T, lovely ideas. They make a whooole lot of sense.

pehlay ta'aleem, phir tafheem: pehlay khuda, phir rasool.

What does this mean?

April 19, 2006
03:38 PM

anil menon:

thanks!...one more...his 'inventions'!..enough of a taste of mushtaque ahmed yusufi


rather oracular and perceptive insight!

pehlay insaan, phir muslmaan: pehlay ta'aleem, phir tafheem: pehlay khuda, phir

ta'aleem - education
tafheem - offering exegeses, elucidation

mahajirzadeh's emphasis is on first attaining a reasonable expertise and comfort with the former (insaan, taaleem and khuda - good human being, education and God) before attempting to master or indulge in the latter (musalmaan,tafheem,and rasool - Muslim, elucidation, Prophet.)

April 19, 2006
08:06 PM

Profound and insightful!

April 19, 2006
09:10 PM

Hmm, thanks T.

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