Falak Sher the Barber

Falak Sher is a barber by profession. He also works part time as an assistant at a restaurant washing dishes. He does this to support his family. He is my regular barber, and when giving me a haircut he does a lot of talking. A few days back he told me that his wife was expecting and requested for mew to pray that he gets a son this time. Upon this I asked him, how many kids he has. He told me he has two wives and 7 daughters. I can imagine he has married for a second time because the first wife did not bear him a son. So he has 5 daughters from the first wife and 2 from the second.

Two days ago he came to place with a 2 lb cake, he was happy and told me that he has been blessed with a son, after 7 daughters. This certainly was good news. In a country like Pakistan, a son has more weightage than a daughter. There are multiple reasons for this. Some of them are:

  • Sons are considered to carry the lineage of an individual.
  • Sons take care of their parents when they grow old.
  • Daughters are married off and start their families.
  • A person not having a son is considered unlucky, in fact he himself starts feeling that after sometime.
  • It is a way of showing one’s virility.
  • A widowed woman or a widower will never stay with her daughter upon growing old, if she/he does not have a son.

I really hope he starts adopting family planning techniques now, instead going for a second son.

Azhar Haidri set to marry twice in 24 hours, “The Lucky Guy”

Picture this; Azhar Haidri 23 was in love with Rumana Aslam (21) and his family wanted him to marry Humaira Qasim (28). What  is a guy in love supposed to do? Dump his sweetheart for family or affront his family by marrying his love? Tough choice, very tough indeed. So he worked out a novel solution, what if he married both? Ahem! both on the same date, that is. Surprisingly, both girls agreed! And the man is all set to marry both damsels. In Pakistan, it is not uncommon for a man to marry twice or even more times, but this happening in 24 hours is strange indeed. The guy considers himself lucky, hmm, me says “wait and see” dude, lucky isn’t marrying two girls in 24 hours.

Haidri Haidri , “The lucky guy”