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My Emblem

Daily Prompt: Object Lesson
Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

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I am known as, “The Umbrella Lady.” I carry an umbrella around with me. I am prone to acute sunburn. I am sure at some point in life you did get a sunburn, and how terrible it was. I envy other people who have no such problem

If you see my nose its’ top end surface looks burnt, whether I carry an umbrella or not.

I used to go out in the sun without any protection. I don’t use makeup. That offers a protection against the sun. I was so naive. When I was younger, or say my skin was younger, it didn’t matter to me. My face, neck would get sunburnt, but I would recover within two-three days.

Then my skin lost its ability to heal. I noticed black, burnt patches on my neck. I didn’t have any clue. I was so un-observant. I can kick myself for it.
Secretions oozed out from my cheeks and nose surface. That was when I realized something was terribly amiss.

A visit to the dermatologist revealed what had happened to my skin. My skin took a while to heal. I used sunblock (SPF 60) after that. I have noticed sometimes even that is not enough.

Now I have turned vigilant. When I step out, I use sunblock, and an umbrella.

My son laughs at me. He calls umbrella “Mama’s Symbol.”

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My Emblem

The Cult Of The Tomb

In our society some people tend to go the mazars. Mazars are tombs of holy or pious men. They go there to pray to God to help them. In realty most of them, the ignorant ones pray directly to the dead person buried there to help them and take away their woes. They think it is a panache for all ills. They will be sick. Instead of going to the doctor they find it easy to go visit the the last abiding place of some holy person.

Once a road was being widened near Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. Along the side of the road a person was buried a long time ago. The tomb was festooned with a lot of little colorful flags as is usual here. The person in charge ordered that the tomb should be erased and the remains buried in a cemetery. A lot of hue and cry was raised. The grave was opened despite that. A long stick was found instead of the skeleton. Somebody wanting to mint money had built that fake mazar. People visiting give gifts of money and food.

There is a mazar in Lahore which is very famous, the mazar of Hazrat Data Gunj Bahksh. Many people go there for their prayers to be answered. I pity the poor chap. Imagine day and night the ding dong (music) going on. I think if he could, he would have run away from that place.

One of my husband’s relative was suffering from breast cancer. Instead of going to the doctor, she kept visiting a mazar in Swat in the hope of getting well. After she became more ill she went to a cancer specialist. It was too late. How can a dead person grant you a wish? His own account closed at the time of his death. May be he was a good person, but who answers prayers from the grave?

I see so many of our ‘Great Leaders’ going to such places. They are the death knell of our country. They have only brought chaos to our homeland. Why don’t they directly pray to God ? There was a photo of President Zardari in the newspaper visiting the mazar of Lal Shebaz Qulander. Probably he was praying for a second term. I hope and pray to God his wish is not answered. He and his cronies are done with.

It’s really ironic that in this age educated people are so naive as to believe in the power of dead people of long ago.