Good nostalgia

This is in response to ZGM write up on 31st July 2011.Even with the restrain of space the description of a particular type of eunuchs as minstrels of yesteryears is mind boggling. I have seen and heard them in first person. My uncle, who died at the age of ninety about forty years back, narrated a fantastic episode about these minstrels. In his early years in life he at a walima occasion  he thought that it was not a fit occasion to watch such a show when the head minstrel caught hold of his hand forced him into what we call "hikket'. As the author very well said that they compose the songs at the spur of the moment, this is what exactly happened. While taking circles during 'hikket' the eunuch described the process adopted during Haj and my uncle kept on seeing all that what was being narrated, live. Later on when he performed Haj he saw exactly what he had seen during 'hikket. These were times when radio was luxury of few who could be counted on finger tips. Having said that today's nostalgia took me back to my own walima, on 20th June 1956, when I and my wife peeped through an opening in the window of our covered varadah to watch troupe, of such eunuchs, performing. Peeping because those days it was taboo for  newly weds to be seen together on such occasions - unbelievable these days. Who can forget such a glorious past. God bless Zahid Sahib.

Er S D Shangloo

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Aug 2011 00:00:00 IST

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