the things I’ll always remember:
the tone of your voice when I asked “you’re getting better bit by bit, right?” and you said “I really don’t know”
the roza you taught me to keep, and how the dawn to dusk fast gets easier with the years
how you’d chase people twice your age and get work out of the most reluctant
praying at Haji Ali and Mahim dargah when your elder one got better from that illness, we would have gone this once too, all the shrines, all the religions, that’s what I’d told you.
that run-in with homeland security over your prayer book
the toss of your head, that power walk
how we went to pier 29 just because even if all you have is four days in SF, you SHOULD see some America, even if you’re completely jetlagged at nine in the night.
Taking that tram back to someplace which seemed close to Union Square, but wasn’t, with all those funny ppl on the street,and how we rushed into a taxi.
How you found it difficult to speak for long the last time we met
sugar coated biscuits from your village, Murud, and the great time we had there; the dhow-like boat we took to the ancient fort on the island
How you’d dress up for events, parties, inaugurations, anything was a good enough reason to celebrate