“Kiya haal hai bachoon”, (how are you kids?), somehow these words still ring in my ears, the venue was Bahria University (or was it school), Islamabad somewhere in 1992, and Vital Signs was there to play their magic, the band rushed to the stage and that’s when we heard JJ say, “Kiya hall hai bachoon”. Alas the man is no more. I distinctly remember Vital Signs introducing “Awaz” a new band at that concert. Speculations ran high “Awaz” will grow up to be big, it did, but not as big as Vital Signs or JJ. Vital Signs and specially JJ shot to fame after their hit song “Dil Dil Pakistan” was released. Those in their teens in the early 90’s should be able to recall “Dil Dil Pakistan” being only second in popularity to the National Anthem. The Zia era had ended, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was in power and Benazir wanted to promote liberalism. Before the “Vital Signs” era only Zohaib and Nazia existed on the pop music scene. For someone like me in his teens in those volatile times, it was like finding an oasis in the midst of a desert. Music, specially good music was what we craved for, and we got it in drops, thanks to the “Vital Signs”, also called as the, “Good Looking Music” the daily fix kept increasing on a large scale, by the tap in full flow.
Driving around Peshawar University campus I saw this bold sign right next to the PUTA (Peshawar University Teacher’s Association) Hall. On the top left side someone had written “That’s Good”. I am not sure why the sign has been placed here. On a number of occasions I have seen marriage receptions being arranged here, and off course music being played at full blast. On a lighter note Puta is a Spanish word, which if translated to good old English means a “slut”. This could very well be a double entendre of some sort, though inadvertent. So placing the No Music sign next to PUTA Hall is contradictory in some sense I pulled up right beside this uber-bold sign and with the stereo playing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” at full blast, snapped this pic.