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Sial: One-man institution
In our village Syed
Haji Ibrahim Shah, near Bucheri
Railway Station (About 12 kilometers away
in Sindh, a traditional annual 3-day fair (Mello)
used to be organized by our local landlord late Syed
in memory of his father (Syed Ibrahim
Shah) and uncle Syed Noor Mohammad Shah.
For three days, make-shifts shops, theatres, hotels,
bazaars etc were being installed. Apart from
"Sindhi indigenous wrestling" were also being organized
for every day which was
largely witnessed by the people
who used to visit fair by coming from far flung areas.
I was born in the said village but for continuing my
education, our family had to shift to
like others, we used to come to our village to witness 'Melo"
year. I am talking about late
50s & early 60s.
In the Mello, the religious followers (Mureeds) of
landlord late Syed Assadullah Shah used to
village in large number including ladies to extend help
as a large number of guests
on occasion of the Mello
Twin sisters namely Ms Raasti and Ms Thari belonging to
fisherman tribe (Mirbahar) used to
to the Mello for extending help
in serving the guests from
their village in Taluka Kandiaro (previously Kandiaro
was in Nawabshah district but after bifurcation of
Nawabshah, Nowshehro Feroze
made separate district).
There was such a resemblance between the twin sisters
that it was
difficult for all people
differentiate between the two. Like others, neither
myself nor my elder brother Anwar Sial
them, This reminds me
a Hindi feature film namely Angoor
(Grapes) which I
on TV, in which renowned actor late Sanjev
played such a dual role in excellent way.
was living in a village Syed Haji Ibrahim Shah, near Bucheri
Railway Station. Sometimes, we
have to go to Nawabshah
which was away like next Railway Station. In those days, one or
trains were stopping at Bucheri Railway Station in a
there was no road transportation
facility at all so
people who had to go to Nawabshah, were travelling in
(no carriages) which
used to came
unscheduled almost twice daily,
with consent of the drivers.
who use to take 5/6 persons in a single engine and for this every
standing passenger had
to pay Rs 1/- to the driver.
a religious requirement!
Goods trains carrying grain like wheat, rice besides
sugar etc., were staying for several days
railway track at Bucheri station like other
stations of the area namely Daur, Bandhi, Kot Laloo, Padidan etc.,
Almost every evening, some people used to pilferage the
grains and other food items tactfully and without unsealing
the carriages of freighter trains. What they did, they
brought empty sacks with
them and kept in a way under
space of the closed doors that when they gave big
cut to the
inside filled sacks with sharp rods, all
material automatically fell down into the empty sacks.
closed it and brought to the waiting
bull-cart behind Dock (locally called Diko) in order to transport to their homes.
In our village, a person namely Khameso Khokhar died.
His sons arranged a Chaleho (Chehlum on
40th day of his
death) as religious requirement but what they prepared
food to distribute among
people for the satisfaction of
soul of the deceased, all main items used were
stolen from the freighter trains.
In our village, an old lady by surname Sial was living.
She had two sons namely Pir Bux Sial
Inspector Police) and Jan Mohammad Sial. She was living
opposite to our house.
The old lady was doing prediction in such a way that it
used to prove 100% correct. I was
to it. What she
did, she used to keep a small piece of green grass on
her left hand
with the help
of right hand, she used
make measurement. If the right hand was short in
measurement compared to left hand, the reply was 'No"
but if it surpassed, the reply was 'yes'.
Once I was
playing with the other boys of the village, one boy
misplaced his shoes somewhere.
went to old lady
finally I asked her to see if the shoes were left in our
home. When she checked,
her reply was positive. I went
to our house and found the said shoes were lying there.
entered in our house, my mother and grand
shouted: "Your colleague has forgotten his shoes here. Ask him
to get it."
a style of writing!
In our village, our colleague in primary school student
namely Ghulam Rasool Sial S/O Pir Bux Sial (who later
went into police job) used to write with full force as
per his habit so much so he
broken many fountain
pens (In those days fountain pens with ink were in common
use as no ball
point existed). Once he went to
nearby village of Kalhoro to take sugar against Ration
The shopkeeper gave
him fountain pen for his
signature on register but when he signed it with
force, its writing part was broken.
for rest of the life
Once, a fisherman came to our village to sell his
fishes. He brought stock of fishes in net kept
horse back. Many people of the village, went around him.
Some people purchased fishes. Since
the there were big
holes in the
net, some people took out fishes from the
holes and distributed
among the people and children who
were standing there. I and my elder brother
Anwar Sial got
which we brought to our home.
My mother and grand mother
both became very angry that why we brought a fish to home
was unpaid. But
the situation was such that we
were unable to pay to the fisherman as he had already
left. Further, had we paid him the money on this stage,
we had to face big problem for
the stolen fishes.
remained sorry for rest of the life
due to the said
way to pray for rain
When we (boys) noticed that there was no raining for the
last several months, we used to
our village and went to every home begging for some food
items which we
later used to cook
ourselves as per
practice for praying for rain and later we had had it. One
person namely Toohu Sial (younger
living in the same village used to lead the procession
whose face was blackened by us with a piece of
was our 'belief' that after doing the said practice, there
was rain in the area.
off the nose of a wife
our village, a person namely Usman came for residing. We
saw that his wife was trying to
her face with
her Dupata (Rao) all the times. Later, we came to know that
her nose was chopped
by her husband sometime
he suspected she had illicit relations with other
was also inhuman act as in suspension many
people are punished this way and others were killed
In our village, we had unique Radio set which was big
in size compared to new sets (small & compact) nowadays available
Roughly, it was equivalent to today's TV set of about 14/16
inches. It was running with
battery which was also
in size and being kept nearby
Radio set with wire connection.
charged from Nawabshah town almost once in a month. Later,
another battery by connecting many battery cells, was
formed. After some time transistors radio
Our old Radio set was working with the help of aerial which we
had to erect in two long bamboo sticks at the both
our large room. Another connection, was given from the
middle of the wire to the Radio set. There was no
concept of built-in antenna in Radio sets neither the
programmes were being broadcasted round the clock. Such
Radio sets were not common in
Once, I was watching a government documentary film on
big curtain being shown with the help
of projector in
Mello of the village. In those days, newly transistors radio was
which were comparatively smaller and it
being operated with the help of four dry battery
in built-in carriage. There was interval in the
documentary. I had Transistor Radio with me
so I on the
Radio, a music was playing. A person watching the
looking here and there trying
to find out from where the voice was coming. When he knew that I had
smaller transistor radio, he became very astonished.
coin on railway track!
I was about 7/8 years old. When we were going to Bucheri
railway station or Bucheri town by crossing over the
railway track, we used to keep coin of 02 Annas (about
12 Paisas) or 04 Annas (25 Paisa as fixed by the Govt
of dictator General Ayub Khan introduced in 1961) on track of the railway
station as soon as we
noticed train is approaching near.
After the train passed away, we used to find the
distorted coin which was generally lying nearby
track. To see its distorted shape, we became very happy
despite that coin now was useless
passengers train came 'on-time'
A passenger train between Lahore and Karachi was
operating in those days that passes
Station for Karachi in the morning. People used
to call it "Mix train" as stopping on
passengers used to travel as it was stopping on each
had a long route, so
it was usually
late and to our knowledge, it never came
Once we found
that Karachi-bound Lahore Passengers train
on time. Every one was
surprised that how it
possible that train came on-time. Later, some body told
24 hour late so it
appeared that it was
'on-time' but in fact, it was 24-hour late.
fear during my childhood
While going from our village to Bucheri town by crossing
Bucheri Railway station, one of our
uncles in relation
late Mohammad Hassan Sial (originally resident of New Majattu, near Tharu
pointing out to big cranes stationed near dock of
to me these cranes used to pick up
children by catching from their ears. In those days, I
was a small
boy who was studying in primary school of
village. I was frightened inside and for
when I used to cross that site, I tried to cross in
hurry that I
might not be caught
dates" and "black grapes" were not acceptable
I was a small boy, I never ate dates and grapes both of
black colour by claiming that if
would either of
my inside of body would be blackened. Now when I
remember this, I only
on my self.
use of ghee, sign of good service to guest
In those day, people were praising those food items which they
quantity of ghee while
cooking. People used to appreciate that we
food by such
person but it was full of quantity of ghee
when we ate
ghee was dropping down.
world is around
A person namely Dost Mohammad Khokhar (generally
known as Dosoo Khokhar)
our village. He
had two wives namely "Chaahine" and younger
one namely Hakimzadi (Haaki).
after 8/10 months, he suddenly packed up his
went away during nights,
any body. We heard that
when his loan
became high, he
used to run away but
used to meet the landlord
him to make some concession which he extended
therefore, he was back. In
the morning every one
used to noticed that his house
months or so on, he suddenly used to come back.
was coming on 14th July
those days there were speculation in the press that
"Doomsday" iswas coming on July 14
1960) when we were
going to Nawabshah, our grand mother used
of newspaper to know further details.
Obviously, "July 14" passed away
40 uncles in a village
those days we have to call elders of the village
as uncle to give them respect.
We used to
call them "Uncle". Once I and my brother both
counted that how many
uncles we had. The
was around 40.
the sake of long life
the sake of long life of their children, the villagers
used to do some practices. I still
was small kid, my mother arranged me to ride on the back
of the black
bear which beggar brought
to our village to
demonstrate its show and in return in order to
elder ladies of the village, became happy with
children like us, they used to pray in
generally said I pray Almighty Allah that when you grow
up, you should enjoy
Pathaani wife (Pathn people
generally beautiful) but some men they will pray like
you grow up,
a group of needy people
would follow you every time (being
such an influential
people, you may help all the needy
Fears of "Kharkaars"
were told by our elders that be careful when you saw
Pathaans as they abduct
by using them as
bonded labour and also by selling them further to
So much so,
it was difficult for abducted persons to rejoin their
in their lives. Abducters
were called as "Kharkaars" (who take
a beautiful scenario during nights
with full of stars
When we used to sleep at the open ground inside of our house nder open sky
we used to see clear sky with full of
stars. Sometimes, it became
difficult to differentiate
between operating aircraft and the star
shifting its place in
the sky. Then we tried to identify
slow voice ,of aircraft. Later, when I joined
PIA and travelled extensively, I came to know that our
domestic as well as international flights were passing
through Nawabshah but
every time, I used to remember my
village where I had spent my childhood.
for children at nights
Our grand mother or sometimes one of our elders Tharo Sial when
used to visit our village,
used to tell us stories at night
mostly of fairies, gossips but all were finally bearing moral
I like one thing that when a man went for adventurism to get some
treasures or fairy,
he used to
met one Gossip (Dev) who used to
sleep for six months and for the rest
period, he awake. (This
gives an idea
but in fact in Norway -Europe, there
is six month day and six month nights).
immediately ran to the Dev and put his hands on the feet of Dev
(a sign of high
respect) by calling him "Maamaa'....
"Maamaa" (matrimonial Uncle). The
him: "Had you not called me Maamaa, I would
have turned you
into small grains of mustard.
you have called
me "Maamaa" so tell me how could
I help you?
The person replied: I
was in search of a fairy but did not know the correct way to go
Dev helped and told him that if you were in trouble, use my
this gift or hair,for help. You
warm the hair, I would come
immediately for your help.
Another important think was that when some one fought with the
Dev by using sword
injured him, he (Dev)
immediately asked him to make another attack on him and
did, the Dev became alright and resumed fighting
Further, in the said stories was reference of "Uddand Khatoli" (Flying
sitting on them. When they ordered to "Udand
Khatooli" to stop, it stopped in the air for
they ordered to land, it landed, (The idea had resemblance with
What a love of mother
Every mother loves her children too much but mothers
particularly living in village,
more lover to their
children. I still remember that I was a small boy and was
fever. I asked my mother to take me
outside from the room to
ground of house and
sometime again to the room. She took
showing annoyance as she was shuttling me
whole the day
to make me happy.
This reminds me mothers living in urban areas who after
fulfilling such desire once or
their children, they
slapped their children or showing strong annoyance.
to 'kill' a lady with gun (Chaanhine)
An old lady used to visit our house in our village. Her name
was Chaanhin (name of
used for tea). She was first
wife of our villager Dooso Khokhar. She used to
give "Nass" of
colour so her mouth was always red. Sometimes, "Nass" came
out of her mouth. I was 6/7
child but it was looking very
awkward to me so as soon as she came to our house and
to apply "Naas", I used to go to another
room of our
house and brought
of my father with "Kartooss" kept separately. I
asked my mother or grand mother,
help load me "Kartooss" so that
I might shoot her but, thanks God", it never happened.
However, it was her long desire that whenever she would die, I
might arrange her
sheet of cloth in which dead body was wrapped and
buried.) In the meantime, we shifted from
Nawabshah Town but when she died, I did not knew, therefore, I
could not fulfill
desire of Coffin.
sorry for life!
Once I went
to nearby canal namely, Gajraah Wah". When I crossed the bridge,
I saw a dog
swimming to cross the canal. When it was
near to reach other bank of the Canal, I
to go back.
when he was near to reach first bank, I tried to go to
by crossing the
bridge quickly. Thus, I did not
allow him to come out. Finally, he was drowned. At that time, I
happy, later I was sorry for whole of the life,
to get other people fight for the sake of fun
In our school village, one person namely Rasool Bux Sial
was our class fellow. In those day,
was one-room school.
Our landlord, late Syed Asadullah Shah got opened that school in
we also came to know that the
Shamsul Ulema Allama Doctor Umer
Bin Mohammad Bin
of Air Marshal (r)
Mohammad Azim Daudpoto, ex-chairman, PIA)
also visited the
School as part of his campaign to create
among common man to get their children educated.
I still remember, one day our class teacher was not present.
What Rasool Bux did, for the sake
he asked two
students to stand up opposite at backing the walls of the
himself stand up in the middle.
Then he used some
abusive language for one person with reference
of another. (like
one student may ...you).
Another boy, instead of trying to
his conspiracy,he immediately abused to another
Consequently, they fought for sometime, then he
separated the two and brought another two
for this purpose.
But he did not touch boys of some people who were known
because he knew very well that this
make problem for him.
news item that finally was censored!
During 1974, 2nd. Islamic Summit Conference held at
Lahore (Punjab). Shaheed Zulfikar Ali
Bhutto (ZAB) was
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Pakistan, recognized
Bangladesh (previously known
Pakistan and was part
Pakistan) as sovereign country. The news-item was
through print media and also on
TV channel PTV. Immediately after this,
Bangladesh also recognized Pakistan but it was censored
censorship was common factor
in those days.
Nevertheless, All India Radio, broadcasted the
by Prime Minister for alive person!
During 1975-76, I worked as News Translator in Sindhi
Unit of Pakistan Television (Karachi Unit).
at 6 pm, a
news bulletin of 10 minutes used to be telecast. Sindhi
News Producer, Ms Shahida
belonging to historical town Patt
in Dadu District,
later she joined Mass
Communications Dept. of Karachi
was also Incharge of Sindhi bulletin. A few
before starting of Sindhi Bulletin, she gave
a news item for translation (from English to Sindhi)
condolence on the sad demise of mother of Jam Sadiq Ali (Sindh minister for Local Bodies) who was
earlier sick. The story was given by Anwar Khawja, PRO
to Prime Minister Shaheed Bhutto. I
translated the news-item. Immediately after the telecast
of news bulletin, Jam Sadiq telephoned in the News Unit
saying that his
mother is alive!
Obviously, the news-item did not telecast in other
bulletins but mother of Jam
Sadiq Ali expired
interesting exchange of photo captains!
Sindhi daily Hilal-e-Pakistan was launched from Karachi,
it became very popular being
Sindhi daily in
era from Karachi - capital city of Sindh province that
was restored in
1970 after dissolution of notorious One
Unit. In 1963, the last two Sindhi dailies namely
Pir Pagaaro) and Nawai-i-Sindh
to late Ayub Khuhro, ex-chief minister
known as "Traitor of Sindh") shifted from Karachi to
Hilal-i-Pakistan belonged to
ruling Pakistan Peoples
Party (PPP), I was also working there as
immediate after its
inception (May 01, 1972).
In newspapers, sometimes there were made interesting
mistakes unintentionally. Also this
newspaper. There was exchange of photo captains between
photographs. Rafi Raza
in Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Govt. In those days,
contest of Miss World also
held. There was exchange
photo captains between the two. Photo
of Miss World
of Rafi Raza and Rafi Raza's photo was
carrying captain of Miss
World. During the printing of
newspaper at Mashriq Printing Press (Behind Tughlaq
House-old building of Sindh Sectt) this was detected
during printing which was stopped immediately but
issues were already printed and dispatched to other
cities / towns.
a blunder in Urdu Radio news bulletin!
had worked as News Translator in Radio Pakistan (Sindhi
News - Central News Organization) at Karachi from
02, 1971 to June 1974). In those day late Anwar Bahzad
was working as
Urdu News Reader. He used to read
bulletins smoothly but very fast. It was said that when
a mistake during Urdu news reading, he
said 'Sorry' and never read it again.
Once, he he made a blunder. Instead of reading a
news-item, Rasoolullah Salam Keay Wilaadat
Moqaeay Par", he read news-item like: "Rasoolullah
Salam Keay Wafaat Keay Mubaarak Moqaeay Par"
reading auspicious occasion of the birth of
Holy Prophet, he
called it as auspicious occasion of
Holy Prophet and as usual he did not apologized
and neither repeated the correct news-item.
Maulana Kausar Niazi was minister for Information &
Broadcasting in ZAB Govt. He immediately
Anwar Behzad (a regular employee) was removed from Radio
After some time, late Bahzad Lakhanvi - a renowned poet of
Urdu fell sick. Maulana Kausar Niazi
went to his
hospital to inquire about his health. Behzad requested
Maulana for restoration of his
son (Anwar Behzad) which
was immediately done.
reported Syed Qaim Ali Shah was "dead"
Jang, Karachi carried a double-column news-item on its front
page claiming that
Qaim Ali Shah -
a PPP leader was "dead"
(presently chief minister of Sindh) whereas
Mr Shah was
Mir Khalilur Rahman
- owner of the paper met Syed Qaim Ali Shah
photograph was printed by the newspaper as the
said news item was wrong.