Honourable Raja Ishaq Asad (Sahib)‘The Soul Soother’
My Dearest Sir
بازیچہء اطفال ہے دنیا مرے آگے
ہوتا ہے شب و روز تماشا مرے آگے
Yes, this happened every day! …. Flying wild, far above the clouds and into the horizons in search of peace and truth, I would get dead tired the whole dusty, rusty, sunny day. And when I would see the gloomy purple twilight and the sky slowly pulling the black veil over its face, I would quickly swoop down towards the ground, looking for a cozy nest to rest and give my feathers a break and let my blood cool down and my eyes close for a nippy nap. I hovered over so many houses to decide where to land for peace. I suddenly saw a beam of light from a house piercing the darkness above, inviting me to land at the beacon-
Thank you so very much my dear Raja sahib. You nourished my decaying soul in Chand Bagh with your love, care and fine art. You irrigated my thirsty heart with your love-
I’ll never forget when I sat with you in your car, returning from the swimming pool, when a group of students walked right in front of your car, unaware that a car was approaching from behind them. You kept driving dead slow behind them for a long time so patiently, but you never horned. I looked at you in appreciation. You understood my look and told me that you didn’t feel civilized to toot horns inside the campus unnecessarily and at the students particularly. You rather prayed that may our new generation learn to be civilized. You amazed me! This is the difference between a mere teacher and an educator. Students need to be educated, not just to be taught subjects.
I never found you fleecing people with backbiting or talking indecently about them. You always talked about ideas and situations. Having worked at almost all important positions at CBS, you still stand so humble and down to earth. Being Vice Principal must have been a painful job before being Controller of Examinations which requires great self-
Raja sahib, I’m scared of cigarettes, but I love to see one between your artistic fingers.
Your eyes glisten sharp and sparkle, looking even romantic behind the smoke-
God bless you and your family with everything good. I will surely miss you and the MAC we just started.
Thank you so much for your love and care.