An­war Maq­sood – My Friend

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Now I can say that I and An­war are old FRIENDS 7E lRST MET IN THE WIN­TERS OF 1975. I was a strug­gling com­poser and he was Artiste and Reper­toire Man­ager in a MU­SIC PUB­LISH­ING COM­PANY 7E ARE CLOSE friends be­cause we talk about ev­ery­thing WHICH IN­CLUDES PEO­PLE AROUND US 7E gladly and pleas­antly agree and dis­agree WITH EACH OTHER 7E SHARE ALL KINDS OF JOKES and we have an opin­ion about ev­ery­one we know or we don’t know. Crit­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing is en­tirely An­war’s. I just agree or I don’t. I also some­times con­trib­ute cre­atively in pro­fil­ing a close friend. This is a friend­ship which is not ac­knowl­edged but also not de­nied. How­ever, the credit of mak­ing our friend­ship tan­gi­ble goes en­tirely to An­war.

He is a gra­cious host. No friend, who is in­vited at his place, can go thirsty or hun­gry. He him­self is an ex­cel­lent cook and serves his mas­terly cooked dishes with love and af­fec­tion, which un­doubt­edly have a unique taste.

He has pos­si­bly the finest col­lec­tion of mu­sic recorded in the world, es­pe­cially in South Asia. Ev­ery time you are in­vited to his place, you get to lis­ten to at least two hours of exquisite mu­sic out of sev­eral thou­sand hours he has in his col­lec­tion. 7E HAVE PLAYED CRICKET TO­GETHER QUITE A lot, though not any­more. He is a very bad crick­eter ex­cept when you are play­ing cricket in a 12/16 room, us­ing a cur­tain rod as a bat and a squash ball; he is sim­ply out­stand­ing and un­beat­able. He beat test crick­eter LATE 7ASIM 2AJA HOL­LOW IN THE STATED EN­VI­RON­MENT SEV­ERAL TIMES 7ASIM WAS ALSO A very dear com­mon friend.

I have acted in the plays writ­ten by him gladly and also look for­ward to again do­ing it when­ever it is pos­si­ble. He has turned out to be a pro­lific com­edy writer. He is pos­si­bly, if not the best, then one of the best in the field. He has reached a stage and sta­tus in his ca­reer as a writer where he does not need to prove any­thing. This is how we all know him.

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