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Ahmed was my childhood friend. We lived in the same town next to each other and went to same school.  While we were studying at the school the life of subcontinent was revolutionised as the British Raj was ended in 1947.

 

The country was divided into two parts – India for Hindus and Pakistan for Muslims.  It was a trying time for the Muslims. Those Muslims who decided to stay in India after the partition were experiencing hardship.

The Hindus were controlling employment, business and education.

 

Ahmed’s father was a civil servant – soon after the partition he lost his job and struggling to survive.  He was not in good health and died of heart attack leaving widow and three children behind.

 

Ahmed’s mother took sewing to support herself and her three children.After passing the High School Ahmed decided to migrate to Pakistan to find a job and support his family.  Ahmed’s uncle was in Pakistan – there was a glimpse of survival. Ahmed’s mother made the necessary arrangements for his departure.

 

One morning Ahmed left home and took the train for Bombay then from Bombay to Pakistan by ship.  I went along with him to the station to bade

farewell.

 

After a couple weeks Ahmed wrote a letter in details of his journey and how he survived in Pakistan.

 

Ahmed wrote “I took the train for Bombay which was over crowded and every one was suffocating – the journey was very uncomfortable, long and unable to sleep.  After 24 hours he reached Bombay.

 

Bombay is a very big city comparing to our city – it has seaport, airport and is very crowded.  Luckily he met some one who was also migrating with his family to Pakistan.

 

‘Ahmed  – it nice to meet you and what is name. My name is Nazir Ali Khan.

 

Nazir Ali Khan – are you alone or with your family.

 

Ahmed – I am alone and going to Pakistan to stay with my uncle.’

 

They found a place to stay for a couple of days until they board the ship to Pakistan.

 

Next day Ahmed and Mr Khan his train companion went to the shipping office and bought the tickets and that was the first time Ahmed saw the sea and big ships.  People boarding and goods were loading and unloading – it was quite fascinating.

 

After buying the tickets they headed towards their hotel.  In the evening they went for a stroll and that was the first time Ahmed saw the whole family of Mr Khan – while he was travelling on the train he did not noticed.  In India and in Pakistan men and women’s compartments are separate.  Ahmed started counting the children and they were 6, 5 boys and 1 girl and another was on the way to join his brothers and sister.  

 

Ahmed thought for a moment and it dawn on him that

Mr Khan’s main intention to migrate to Pakistan was to start a circuit team.  He seemed to be a man of leisure.

 

They reached the beach and saw an entertainer with mangos and a snake and forcing those creatures to fight.  Poor creatures fought so many times to entertain that they had forgotten the real fight –  further down saw a man with his monkey – it was playing tricks for his master.  When the monkey saw Ahmed it started staring at him and Ahmed was wondering why that monkey was looking at him so intensely perhaps it might be thinking that he was of its kind and was in the wrong company.

 

A little further down it was the sea and sand.  Couples were sitting and drinking coconut water – some were miserable and some were happy enjoying the sea breeze and watching sky-high waves who were eager to swallow the beach and the people.

 

The sun was drowning and taking its last breath and reflection of its  golden rays in the sea.   The sunset was so magnificent.  Ahmed never saw such an enchanting sunset in his life.  It was getting dark and the people heading towards their homes.  They also decided to go to their hotel as the children were getting hungry and restless.

 

They stayed in Bombay for two days and on third morning went to the seaport and boarded the ship.  At about 4.00pm the ship blew its horn for departure.  Everyone settled down on the deck and the journey started.  After a couple of hours sailing the land disappeared and they were at the mercy of the sea.  Ahmed was remembering the fairy tales about the sea monster and praying for their safety. 

 

At night the sky was full of stars and moon was spreading its silver rays over the sea – it was so tranquil.  Ahmed was watching and got lost in his dream.  The reflection of the moon was giving an impression that it was kissing the sea and they were entangled like lovers and whispering.  Every now and then some sea creature would raise its head to breathe some fresh air and disturbed the lovers.  Reflection of moon split into many pieces and scattered.  When Ahmed woke up it was morning and he was feeling hungry and cold.

He tried to get up and felt dizzy and sick.       

  

Ahmed remained in that condition the whole day and slept for few hours still one more night’s journey ahead of him. The night passed quitely and the next morning he was in Pakistan’s seaport Karachi. After Custom clearance he was eager to reach his uncle’s house. It took him an hour to find his house.  His uncle and auntie were pleased to see him.

 

After a couple of days rest Ahmed mentioned to his uncle to find a job .His auntie did not say any thing but his uncle discouraged him and asked him to assist him in his dairy business. He had couple of cows and used to supply milk to the restaurants and that was the source of his income. Although he had a young lad to assist him but in Ahmed he found another assistant so he could relax. He was a lazy and carefree person. Ahmed told him that he was not interested as he wants to be independent.  His uncle told him that he would speak to one of his friend who was negotiating to buy a cotton mill, perhaps he would arrange a job for Ahmed. A few weeks after he asked Ahmed to go to Sind, A province of Pakistan.

 

 

Next day Ahmed took a train – a few hours journey from Karachi. He reached Sind after a few hours and had to take horse cart to reach his destination.  The cart was full except a place in front.  He took it.  The horse was very thin and seemed starving and carrying load with slow

speed but the driver was irritated with his animal and started whipping and murmuring “lazy brute” and in response to his whipping the horse started kicking back.  Ahmed was frightened – a few more kicks and he would be on his way to his creature instead to cotton mill.

 

Somehow he reached an isolated place like a warehouse along with few outhouses.  He got out of the cart and headed towards the outhouses and asked the watchman about his uncle’s friend Nazir.  The watchman told him that he had gone to the city on some business and took his luggage and place in a room and asked him to wash as he would bring

some food to eat. He ate and retired.

 

 Next day very early morning he heard a very melodious morning song.Ahmed went to see and who he was and to his surprise that was watchman.  He listens to the song for a long time than down was breaking – the sun was peeping as it was playing hide and seek.  The golden sunshine was spreading on sand dunes. Farmers taking their herds to the market.

 

The camels were walking in a straight line – like army parading.  The bells around their necks were tinkling; it was so serene that Ahmed wanted to stay at that place forever.

 

The dream was shattered when the watchman introduced to him to another person who arrived during the night while he was sleeping.  His name was Ali.  He also came to see Nazir.

 

After two days Nazir arrived and was surprised to see Ahmed as he was not expecting him so soon.  Nazir told him that it would be long time before the mill would start running so Ahmed left that place following day.  While Ahmed was leaving Nazir’s friend Ali gave him an address and asked him to go and see his friend Manzoor in Karachi.

 

After a  few days of arrival in Karachi Ahmed went to see Manzoor who was very helpful and suggested to go to the Naval Recruiting Office who were urgently in need of personnel.  He went there and got the job and said goodbye to dairy and dairy products.

 

Ahmed wrote to his mother giving the good new and she was thrilled.(1503)

Ahmed was my childhood friend. We lived in the same town next to each other and went to same school.  While we were studying at the school the life of subcontinent was revolutionised as the British Raj was ended in 1947.

 

The country was divided into two parts – India for Hindus and Pakistan for Muslims.  It was a trying time for the Muslims. Those Muslims who decided to stay in India after the partition were experiencing hardship.

The Hindus were controlling employment, business and education.

 

Ahmed’s father was a civil servant – soon after the partition he lost his job and struggling to survive.  He was not in good health and died of heart attack leaving widow and three children behind.

 

Ahmed’s mother took sewing to support herself and her three children.After passing the High School Ahmed decided to migrate to Pakistan to find a job and support his family.  Ahmed’s uncle was in Pakistan – there was a glimpse of survival. Ahmed’s mother made the necessary arrangements for his departure.

 

One morning Ahmed left home and took the train for Bombay then from Bombay to Pakistan by ship.  I went along with him to the station to bade

farewell.

 

After a couple weeks Ahmed wrote a letter in details of his journey and how he survived in Pakistan.

 

Ahmed wrote “I took the train for Bombay which was over crowded and every one was suffocating – the journey was very uncomfortable, long and unable to sleep.  After 24 hours he reached Bombay.

 

Bombay is a very big city comparing to our city – it has seaport, airport and is very crowded.  Luckily he met some one who was also migrating with his family to Pakistan.

 

‘Ahmed  – it nice to meet you and what is name. My name is Nazir Ali Khan.

 

Nazir Ali Khan – are you alone or with your family.

 

Ahmed – I am alone and going to Pakistan to stay with my uncle.’

 

They found a place to stay for a couple of days until they board the ship to Pakistan.

 

Next day Ahmed and Mr Khan his train companion went to the shipping office and bought the tickets and that was the first time Ahmed saw the sea and big ships.  People boarding and goods were loading and unloading – it was quite fascinating.

 

After buying the tickets they headed towards their hotel.  In the evening they went for a stroll and that was the first time Ahmed saw the whole family of Mr Khan – while he was travelling on the train he did not noticed.  In India and in Pakistan men and women’s compartments are separate.  Ahmed started counting the children and they were 6, 5 boys and 1 girl and another was on the way to join his brothers and sister.  

 

Ahmed thought for a moment and it dawn on him that

Mr Khan’s main intention to migrate to Pakistan was to start a circuit team.  He seemed to be a man of leisure.

 

They reached the beach and saw an entertainer with mangos and a snake and forcing those creatures to fight.  Poor creatures fought so many times to entertain that they had forgotten the real fight –  further down saw a man with his monkey – it was playing tricks for his master.  When the monkey saw Ahmed it started staring at him and Ahmed was wondering why that monkey was looking at him so intensely perhaps it might be thinking that he was of its kind and was in the wrong company.

 

A little further down it was the sea and sand.  Couples were sitting and drinking coconut water – some were miserable and some were happy enjoying the sea breeze and watching sky-high waves who were eager to swallow the beach and the people.

 

The sun was drowning and taking its last breath and reflection of its  golden rays in the sea.   The sunset was so magnificent.  Ahmed never saw such an enchanting sunset in his life.  It was getting dark and the people heading towards their homes.  They also decided to go to their hotel as the children were getting hungry and restless.

 

They stayed in Bombay for two days and on third morning went to the seaport and boarded the ship.  At about 4.00pm the ship blew its horn for departure.  Everyone settled down on the deck and the journey started.  After a couple of hours sailing the land disappeared and they were at the mercy of the sea.  Ahmed was remembering the fairy tales about the sea monster and praying for their safety. 

 

At night the sky was full of stars and moon was spreading its silver rays over the sea – it was so tranquil.  Ahmed was watching and got lost in his dream.  The reflection of the moon was giving an impression that it was kissing the sea and they were entangled like lovers and whispering.  Every now and then some sea creature would raise its head to breathe some fresh air and disturbed the lovers.  Reflection of moon split into many pieces and scattered.  When Ahmed woke up it was morning and he was feeling hungry and cold.

He tried to get up and felt dizzy and sick.       

  

Ahmed remained in that condition the whole day and slept for few hours still one more night’s journey ahead of him. The night passed quitely and the next morning he was in Pakistan’s seaport Karachi. After Custom clearance he was eager to reach his uncle’s house. It took him an hour to find his house.  His uncle and auntie were pleased to see him.

 

After a couple of days rest Ahmed mentioned to his uncle to find a job .His auntie did not say any thing but his uncle discouraged him and asked him to assist him in his dairy business. He had couple of cows and used to supply milk to the restaurants and that was the source of his income. Although he had a young lad to assist him but in Ahmed he found another assistant so he could relax. He was a lazy and carefree person. Ahmed told him that he was not interested as he wants to be independent.  His uncle told him that he would speak to one of his friend who was negotiating to buy a cotton mill, perhaps he would arrange a job for Ahmed. A few weeks after he asked Ahmed to go to Sind, A province of Pakistan.

 

 

Next day Ahmed took a train – a few hours journey from Karachi. He reached Sind after a few hours and had to take horse cart to reach his destination.  The cart was full except a place in front.  He took it.  The horse was very thin and seemed starving and carrying load with slow

speed but the driver was irritated with his animal and started whipping and murmuring “lazy brute” and in response to his whipping the horse started kicking back.  Ahmed was frightened – a few more kicks and he would be on his way to his creature instead to cotton mill.

 

Somehow he reached an isolated place like a warehouse along with few outhouses.  He got out of the cart and headed towards the outhouses and asked the watchman about his uncle’s friend Nazir.  The watchman told him that he had gone to the city on some business and took his luggage and place in a room and asked him to wash as he would bring

some food to eat. He ate and retired.

 

 Next day very early morning he heard a very melodious morning song.Ahmed went to see and who he was and to his surprise that was watchman.  He listens to the song for a long time than down was breaking – the sun was peeping as it was playing hide and seek.  The golden sunshine was spreading on sand dunes. Farmers taking their herds to the market.

 

The camels were walking in a straight line – like army parading.  The bells around their necks were tinkling; it was so serene that Ahmed wanted to stay at that place forever.

 

The dream was shattered when the watchman introduced to him to another person who arrived during the night while he was sleeping.  His name was Ali.  He also came to see Nazir.

 

After two days Nazir arrived and was surprised to see Ahmed as he was not expecting him so soon.  Nazir told him that it would be long time before the mill would start running so Ahmed left that place following day.  While Ahmed was leaving Nazir’s friend Ali gave him an address and asked him to go and see his friend Manzoor in Karachi.

 

After a  few days of arrival in Karachi Ahmed went to see Manzoor who was very helpful and suggested to go to the Naval Recruiting Office who were urgently in need of personnel.  He went there and got the job and said goodbye to dairy and dairy products.

 

Ahmed wrote to his mother giving the good new and she was thrilled.(1503)

 

 

  

 

 

  

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