STRUMMING UP SUC­CESS

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SALIM AL AFIFI

On a fine Satur­day morn­ing, I went to Souq es Sabt, my favourite farmer’s mar­ket at the In­ter-Con­ti­nen­tal gar­den. Food was on my mind, so I got few sand­wiches and a soft drink and strut­ted up and down the gar­den in search for a perfect spot to savour my grilled cheese good­ness. Fi­nally I de­cided to do it the Omani way and sat on the grass. Soon beau­ti­ful, raspy vo­cals float­ing through the dry air of the gar­den graced my ears. I was so mes­merised that I got up and walked closer to the mini stage to get a glimpse of what was go­ing on, only to find a young man strumming away on his gui­tar. There was some­thing so mag­i­cal in his ren­di­tion that I re­mained spell­bound for the next few hours. Meet Ghazi Al Balushi, the man with the gui­tar.

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