Adnan Siddiqui has been part of the industry for a fairly long time and it’s fair to say that he is a legend in Pakistan, what is even more legendary is his beautiful letter to his children which is by far the voice of all parents structured beautifully into words.
The letter begins with how he felt about losing his mum and how his siblings filled the void
“She turned her head to the left, where I stood, and smiled with her eyes. She then closed her eyes. For the last time.
Decades have passed. But that moment remains, to date, one of the most painful and most formative of my life. After Ammi died, your taayas and phuphos rallied around, like an army of soldiers, to look after Uzi phupho, Ayesha phupho and me–the youngest three.”
He goes on to reminisce playing street cricket with his siblings and the imaginery world he lived in, we’ve all been there as children, imaging ourselves as superheroes or film stars.
“The cricketer: Adnan Siddiqui. The commentator: Adnan Siddiqui. Fielder: Adnan Siddiqui. Bowler: Adnan Siddiqui.
‘And it’s a six. What a beautiful shot! Hitting it out of the park!’
‘Aaaand here comes Siddiqui. What a natural out-swinger. What a smooth run-up!’
‘He’s caught it! And he’s out! The relief, the joy! Siddiqui never misses a catch!’”
“This is just a little note to say that I know you love your ipads and ipods and play stations, but I want you to also love your parks, your books, your streets. They can be your friends too.
It’s a shame that our streets are not as safe as they once were. It’s a shame the three of you can’t hold hands and walk serenely out of the house. It’s a shame, indeed, that the Karachi of my childhood has disappeared as skyscrapers and multiplexes have come to dominate the skyline.
But you can still read books. Just as I used to play imaginary cricket in four different voices, I want you to live inside the pages of your books. The truth is, people who talk to themselves aren’t stupid: they’re the opposite–creative and wild and beautiful.”
I think I have something in my eye, I’m not crying promise
He concludes his letter in the most beautiful way
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MediaBites Editorial- Zahra Khan
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