From my last post on Surah Feel - uncle's comment reminded me a long forgotten small event of my life. I wrote about Ashok long time ago on this blog. (here). Ashok was from Hyderabad India and in true sense was my first mentor in NY - about learning nitty gritty of american life style. He was one of the sweetest person I ever met. At night, we three paying guests used to share a room. Ashok's bed was at the far corner of the room. Since my first day in that room, I noticed a spider web on the wall above his bed. When I got comfortable with him, one day I asked him that why he don't remove/destroy that spider web from the wall. His response was unique. He said in his pure sweet hyderabadi style (I will just write in our hindi/urdu way):
"Dekho Babu (He used to call me babu)! Makri baRi mehnat se apna jhala banati hai. Woh sochti hai ye usne baRi mazboot, mehfooz aur perfect cheez banayi hai. Aaj bhi scientist spider web se hairan hote hain. Uspe lambe lambe thesis likhe jaate hain - Magar - aik zara sa jhatka usko bigaR deta hai.
Jub main is room main paying guest aaya to ye makRi ka jhala yahan pehle se tha. Main ne rehne diya. Kiun ke har shaam - jab paise kama ke - bistar pe letta hun - aur future ki planning kerta hun - to is 'spider web' se yaad rehta hai - ke main bohat kamzor hun - aur mere abba ki baat yaad rehti hai ke - beta! bara makan, gaari aur america main achha future banane ke chakkar main apni 'values' aur paramparaoN ko kamzor na ker lena. Ye spider web mujhe yad dilata rehta hai ke dekho - america ki zindagi main ulajh ke qaid na ho jaana. Bagair character aur values ke sab kuch bohat kamzor hoga".
It was almost 6 or 7 years later I bumped Quran's 29:41ayat and instantly recalled Ashok's father instructions. I doubt Ashok or his father ever had read that Qurani ayat but I guess all good and divine messages stayed same throughout humanity's course. Kiya Geeta Kiya Quran.