So now that the Norwegian Fundamentalist Christian is out in the open and has killed so many people in the name of Crusade and the fear of Muslimisation and “Pakistanization of Europe”, would anyone from the International or National media cover it the way they covered the attacks carried by Muslims? Since medressahs were blamed for the “extremist Muslim mentality”, would anyone call the churches or night schools the same? Would Christians be checked again and again and again at the airports?
In the past men were handsome and great (now they are children and dwarfs), but this is merely one of the many facts that demonstrate the disaster of an aging world. The young no longer want to study anything, learning is in decline, the whole world walks on its lead, blind men lead others equally blind and cause them to plunge in the abyss, birds leave the nest before they can fly, the jackass plays the lyre, oxen dance. Mary no longer loves the contemplative life and Martha no longer lover the active life, Leah is sterile, Rachel has a carnal eye, Cato visits brothels, Lucretius becomes a woman. Everything is on the wrong path.
– Umberto Eco. The Name Of The Rose.
My mum used to hate it every time when I’d sneak into the Liberty bookstore in the Dolmen Mall. For her, I’d be lost there forever and wont come out till she’d be really angry and it was time to go home. And I think everyone I know love the feeling of soo many books stacked all around you and you don’t know where to start and what to pick first with that butterfly feeling in your stomach (except for your mum who knows you have quite a few books lying around at home that you haven’t had time to read yet!).
Anyway, last night we visited this huge bookstore in Riyadh. And it was like a dream come true! Just imagine looking at those thousands of mouth watering books and the glossy title pages or hard covers or even paperbacks stacked neatly in shelves after shelves after shelves. And all you want to do is to forget everything, and sit on the floor in the midst of all those books and just read till eternity. *sigh*
All this drooling over books in the bookstore reminded me of the time when we were in our Masters final year. In our first semester we were supposed to write one research paper. The class was divided into two groups and the incharge of our group decided to take us down in the basement of the main library of ku. The basement is one hell of a place. It has thousands and thousands and thousands of books! The smell of old paper, the shelves filled with such wisdom, such life, and such calmness that one can spend hours there without paying heed to the passage of time. Our professor asked us to stay close because cellphones don’t catch signals there and if we were lost, we might be lost forever. But seriously, that one basement is the most awesome place in the world.
How can one forget the book fair at KU and the cheap prices they offer. And the expo center book fair! I remember spending eidis at such bookfairs and the frustration of my mum as we(me and my siblings) would come home with shoppers of books, and she would say,’ye kahan rakho ge?’ Well.. I guess all our mothers have the same concerns. Hehe.
Anyway, since Dawood gets hold of everything first, I need to sacrifice my sleep in order to read those books that I’ve bought. I know all of us have crazy reading habits and even after having a baby I keep getting caught in those whirlpools where you just can’t stop reading. I remember one time my father threatened to actually tear and burn one book when he caught me reading in the candle light at around 2 am. Well, I didn’t stop reading I went downstairs and read the rest in the light from my brother’s cell phone! he he.
And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peace-makers.” Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not. (2:11-12)
The most shocking thing is, that they are using grenades, rockets and bombs… it’s a city for God’s sake!