Wit and intellect in a conversation with Tarar.

Mustansar Hussain Tarar with Pakistan Tour and Travel

 

QUITE clearly, `A Traveller`s Tales` was the one session that portrayed the ideal rapport between celebrities and their audience. In fact, it also put on display the ideal chemistry between celebrities, which is something that was missing in the majority of the KLF sessions.

Mustansar Hussain Tarar and Asghar Nadeem Syed pulled the discussion off with aplomb. And the credit must go to the latter for he kept his own stardom in check and acted like a gracious host not averse to letting the guest bask in the glory of the moment. To Tarar`s credit, he acknowledged this on stage in as many words.

The beneficiary was the audience which got to enjoy every moment of the dialogue between the two. It was laced with as much wit and humour as it was with intellect and literary finesse.

Talking about his latest travelogue, `Lahore Se Yargand Tak`, Tarar spoke of the `tunnel vision that connects us to Muslims in distant lands, but doesn`t allow us to locate our religio-cultural roots next door in China.

Religion is China`s raw nerve, but Tarar dealt with it well, both in the book andthe discussion. Perhaps inspired by his skills, an audience member from Balochistan requested Tarar to consider visiting the province and writing a travelogue on his experience there because, as he said, `you may get away with a lot of things while we face threats every time we try to write the truth`. Tarar was polite but firm about his lack of interest in such a pursuit, citing his `advancing age` as the major reason.

When someone asked Tarar if, in his view, tourism had a role in promoting peace, Tarar rubbished the notion. `In the absence of peace, it just doesn`t make sense to even talk of tourism … In an environment where our cricket team has to play its `home` series away from home, we can only fool ourselves into thinking that foreign tourists will come here to promote peace,` he said, adding for good measure that `tourists happen to be tourists, not pinheads`.

For Urdu lovers, it was the most enjoyable one hour of the entire KLF on counts more than one. The discussion. Perhaps inspired by his skills, an audience member from Balochistan requested Tarar to consider visiting the province and writing a travelogue on his experience there because, as he said, `you may get away with a lot of things while we face threats every time we try to write the truth`. Tarar was polite but firm about his lack of interest in such a pursuit, citing his `advancing age` as the major reason.

When someone asked Tarar if, in his view, tourism had a role in promoting peace, Tarar rubbished the notion. `In the absence of peace, it just doesn`t make sense to even talk of tourism … In an environment where our cricket team has to play its `home` series away from home, we can only fool ourselves into thinking that foreign tourists will come here to promote peace,` he said, adding for good measure that `tourists happen to be tourists, not pinheads`.

For Urdu lovers, it was the most enjoyable one hour of the entire KLF on counts more than one. HUMAIR ISHTIAQ. (DAWN, 15 Feb 2015.)

Ejaz Hussain
Ejaz Hussain

Ejaz hussain is Entrepreneur running a successful Web Design and Development Business in Rawalpindi. His Management Degree gives him power to handle his dedicated professional team. He is passionate writer and loves travelling.

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