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A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind man…

Sometimes old memories pop into your head out of the blue, and they’ve been so deeply buried that remembering them is almost like experiencing them again for the first time.   Banana Anne recently posted on her experience as a new hijabi, and one bizarre incident that happened to me nearly ten years ago came to mind.

While living in Pakistan, I was doing some freelance writing here and there.  One interview for a news magazine found Owlie, my co-journalist, and I taking an interview with a very elderly, very respectable Muslim doctor who was also a director for the same magazine.  When I say elderly I mean over seventy.  We were both wearing hijab as well as jilbab, and the interview was interesting but uneventful until in the middle of a sentence, he looked at up at us and said:

“You know, a naked girl on the beach in Cannes has nothing on you.”

I would imagine we both looked pretty blank at that point.

“Your beauty,” he said leaning forward earnestly in his chair, “It is in your mystery!”

He nodded, and smiled in a grandfatherly way, and then went on with the interview as if nothing happened at all.


The End.

9 Thoughts on “A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind man…

  1. i hope you added that as your byline.

    abez & owl
    staffwriters outshining naked beach girls

  2. HAHAHAHA what a moment that must have been….

    akwaaaaaaaaaaard 🙂

    You know I started Hijab this week. I will post about it later. Inshallah.

  3. hehe cute, esp coming from an elderly man! hey what magazine are you speaking of over here? i’d like to know cuz im a pakistani…

  4. Baji, I bet more people would have read the article then :p

    Stranded: MashaAllah! May Allah make it easy for you and increase you in Iman and spiritual bulletproofness!

    Thanaya: This was The Voice, I don’t know if it’s still printed, it’s been a long time!

  5. How sad is it I don’t even have a visual of the moment. I just remember the line, but can’t put a face to who said it. Was it Mr Ghani?

  6. It was the old guy- who used to be a doctor to the Royal Family?

  7. HA!! But I see a tinge of wisdom in the old man’s words….

  8. haha!

  9. Beauty lies in/behind modesty…

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