Sohail Abid

Writer exploring tradition, art, and music of the people of Punjab

The Modern Man

“I wish I could work like you: not bound to an office and just working when I need to, wherever I be,” a friend who works at a reputable international development organization said today.

“This lifestyle is not that easy, neither is the work,” I tried to comfort him.

“You know we have a little patch of land back in the village,” he went into a deep melancholia, “And we have been planting some some fruits there. Some vegetables too. I go there on some weekends. Plough the land. Sow the seeds. Water them. We have two guava plants and a few orange trees and you know they were just laden with fruit. I don’t even have lunch when I am there. I think I want to stay there. Kind of getting tired of life here.”

“Why?”

“Going for the whole day to sit at a desk and coming back after dark, it’s not really very fulfilling. It seemed fascinating when we graduated but it doesn’t anymore. All these meetings and conferences. God knows what I am eating. A couple of months back, I thought I was having a heart-attack. Was hospitalized for two days. It wasn’t a heart-attack but I don’t know what’s happening. I exercise and all.”

“You should take care of your diet.”

“It’s not that. I just don’t see a point of a successful life in the city. I feel better at the zameen.”

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  1. Dheeraj.f December 5, 2016

    Love you paaji i respect your words the way you had written them and , your work for music ,your love for music/ folkmusic i also had a great love for music may it be a folk or other kind and i always try to search some site form where i can learn something about my favorite singer and their song and found about your folkpunjabi.com it is a very beautiful site have all the information about the singers, their music and their history but recently in your site i foind some of the singers are missing it may be a technical or may be my mistake of seeing it but if am right then pls check it and i wish that May God fulfill all your wishes and gives you good health, wealth & happiness.(from India)

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