Afghan மக்களின் அபரிமித அன்பு விருந்தோம்பலிலும்…!
Hindustani…Very Nice! இந்த அளவுக்கு இந்தியர்களை நேசிப்பவர்கள் வேறு எங்காவது இருப்பார்களா தெரியவில்லை. Fazel சொன்னது, 90% of Afghanis love Indians and 90% of Afghanis hate Pakistanis. எங்கோ…ஏதோ புரிந்த மாதிரி இருக்கா?
அலுவலகத்திற்கு Gentle-man outfit-ல் வரும் Fazel, வீட்டில் ஆஃப்கான் பாரம்பரிய உடையில்…வெளியில் எங்கு சென்றாலும் சிறைச்சாலைக் கதவு போன்ற புர்க்காவில் நடமாட வேண்டிய Mrs.Fazel வீட்டில் Western Wear. “Mrs. Fazel also drives a car and goes to Gym” Fazel was proud to say this. Afghan men adore their woman absolutely. The over-protection comes from love.
தரை முழுக்க சிவப்பு நிறத்தில் வேலைப்பாடு மிக்க ஆஃப்கான் கம்பளம், தரையில் திண்டு, மெத்தை எல்லாம்…அமர்க்களமான, அடக்கமான, வசதியான sofa. Mrs. Fazel Sofa-set வேண்டும் என நினைத்தாலும் இந்த பாரம்பரிய இருக்கைகளில் உள்ள வசதி வேறெதிலும் இருப்பதாய் Mr. Fazel கருதவில்லை! உண்மையிலும் உண்மை!
My Head office Education Advisor, Inga-Maj and me were invited to Fazel’s house for dinner. When Fazel introduced kids, Inga-Maj told, “So many kids”; Fazel replied, “This is not so many in Afghanistan. Our driver Shafiq has 13 kids”
Starting with dry fruits-nuts and juice after at least 10 varieties of vegetarian and Non-veg.:All home-made-like soup, French fry, Fried chicken, Kofta curry, Pulao, Nan Roti, Salad, Vegetables, Greens finished again with dry fruits-nuts, fresh fruits and Tea. The dry fruits I had difficulty removing the shell, Mrs. Fazel opened effortlessly and she sat next to me and kept giving me. Wow! Fazel shared about a dry fruit (looked like Rudraksh) mixed with Walnut and stored for winter (believed as heat-giving food) in remote villages. This hardens and begins to look like stone. Some foreigners have commented, “People are eating the stone and drinking water”
Fazel’s house– a strong apartment was built by Russians who had Afghanistan under their control for 20+ years. Fazel said in a humour tone, “I hope Americans also will leave something for us”. Americans I don’t think are in the habit of leaving anything good for anyone. Their specialization is destruction. Not bad Afghanistan has survived 2 super-powers! Hats off! Afghanis are still so human and hospitable … aftermath of war hasn’t affected the core goodness. Fazel is the Deputy Country Manager and before we left the house, he picked our footwear for us in his hand and left them near us! My God!. Afghanis treat guests like God!
The kids were adorable (3 girls and 2 boys). The 4th girl Hossai (Next to the father) reminded me so much of Dakshina –same age and similar build. I showed Daksh picture to Hossai and with her pretty smile she replied, “Nice!” Kids are fluent in English and translated whatever I said to their mom. They asked me my favourite colour. The last one Surah with specs though dressed like a boy is a girl. Mrs. Fazel was so affectionate. She took a picture with me and Inga-Maj; Before we left, She greeted us the Afghani way with 3 hugs and 3 kisses
Birth place of this blog is Afghanistan. No wonder! 60+ Posts in 30+ Days:No Birth Control!Continuing in all the abundance and richness of Afghanistan!