The craftsman of Pakpattan who wouldn’t sell

Our family home in Pakpattan is about 10min walking distance away from Baba Farid’s shrine which is situated at the top of a central hill called dhakki.

The walk upto the shrine is basically a tawaaf of half the road that encircles the dhakki. This tawaaf goes thorugh the bazaar that has naturally developed along this aptly called Circular Road. My grandfather had a shop in this bazaar when we were kids, but that’s a story for another time.

Right now, I am remembering another shop in this bazaar which had been there since long but I spotted it only a few years ago on my way to the shrine.

An old man, a metal engraving craftsman, was sitting there along with his work, which was mostly huqqas. More modest ones were displayed out in the open but a few masterworks —engraved with exquisite designs— were showcased inside glass cabinets along the walls.

I said my salam and told him my grandfather also used to have a shop nearby, many years ago. I then asked how much do they cost. He told me the price of the ones that were displayed out in the open.

When I pointed at those showcased on the shelves and asked about the price, he went silent for a while and then said, “they don’t have a fixed price and they are not for everyone; I only sell them when someone truly wants one.”

I now regret not truly wanting them at that time.


Harvinder Singh October 17, 2020 Reply

Sohail Bhai, what happened you are not active on social media?

Sohail Abid October 25, 2020

Yes, not active anymore.

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