Adil Najam, Owais Mughal, Darwaish and Asma Mirza
Like our readers, we have also been moved by the post on singer Alamgir’s health status by A.H. Cemendtaur.
This is a voice we all grew up with. The words, the broad smile of the singer, the sometimes awkward but always entertaining gyrations, are parts of our collective memories. Maybe even our Pakistaniat.
One cannot but be moved by the health state Alamgir now finds himself in. It is the plight of too many, too many of whom have names we do not know, whose voices we have never heard. If we are blessed and can help any of them in any way, we should. One may never have enough to help everyone, nor everything. But let us not make that an excuse to not even do that little which we can.
On behalf of Pakistaniat.com, and therefore on all of your behalf, we are now sending a check, from the earnings from our Ad revenue, as a donation to foundation set up to assist Alamgir and his family through his medical crisis. A couple of thousand dollars here or there will not make a huge difference given the cost of things, but each little bit will count. And for those of you who can – in cash or in expertise, or merely in your prayers – we urge you to do the same.
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Being a perennial skeptical about email money appeals, a message about Alamgirâ€™s health and plea to wire transfer money to a bank account made me decide to check the veracity of the news.
I looked up Alamgirâ€™s telephone number in Georgia and called him up. Luck was with me, I was able to talk directly to Alamgir in quite detail. Here is what I gathered from our telephone conversation.
In 2004, Alamgir was diagnosed with failing kidneys. At that time his kidneys were operating at 50% of their capacity. The kidneys kept deteriorating in their performance and by now they are almost useless. Alamgir needs a kidney transplant, but till he finds new kidneys he would have to go through dialysis, the process of machine-cleaning the blood. For the dialysis to start he went through a surgery on Monday, October 6, at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville. In that surgery Alamgir was fitted with a dialysis catheter.
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It was almost by accident that I visited the Mohammadpur Geneva camp in Dhaka â€“ one of the largest settlements housing thousands of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh. On my last visit to Dhaka, my guide Ronny offered the possibility of getting the best bihari kebabs in town. He told me that his house was near the place and I could meet him somewhere close.
This was an extraordinary afternoon when the receding sun was converting the sky into a field of unimaginable colours that artists can only aspire to create through their limited palettes. Dhaka, the noisy, overcrowded megapolis can be enchanting at times, especially during late springtime when the Krishnochura trees (the Flame of the Forest) bloom all over with their fiery flowers.
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