Chapter 2 – It's a Boy!

“Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality” – Erich Fromm

Every parent awaits the birth of their child with great expectation and hope. The story of my birth is often narrated by my elder siblings, relating the events of that joyful evening as very memorable due to the expectation of my birth on the one hand, and the honoured presence of a famous Qawwali artist Yusuf Azad appearing in a live show in Durban on the other.

My dad was an ardent fan of Qawwali and Indian music. His passion and love of such influenced his life and surroundings in a profound way, making him famous in his own right for his insightful knowledge and resonance in this regard.

It has been aptly said,“Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life” (Confucius). That was exactly what my father did. He was the most captivating and charming personality I have ever encountered. He lived his life in splendour and luxury that attracted and mesmerised people from every walk of life. His love for entertainment, food, life itself and particularly music extended from the ordinary to the extraordinary, thereby embodying a spirit of generosity and hospitality.

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