05 September 2006

...living a life cluttered with mundane tribulations...


Bilal is lonely, coz Lucy is gone. She said she’ll call but that was over a week ago! As the sun rises, on Lucy, it sets on Bilal…
Think I finally forgot about her, with little help from Dido- for those who haven’t figured it out: Lucy comes from the L in LSD 027 GP. Still hopeful so give me a shout if you ever see that plate!
A week in Durban also may have helped dealing with her loss. On the plus side was a fully paid for stay at the Hilton- a tad overrated in my humble books;p But weather left much to be desired; nevertheless managed to get my share of sun and sand between showing face at the ABASA convention- a wonderful chance for networking and rubbing shoulders with the Who’s Who of BEE transactions.

BEE, for those with inept business knowledge of the uniquely Souf Afrikan capitalist kind, means Broad-based economic empowerment. Born out of a need to redress the wrongs of Apartheid inequities, it initially achieved little but a further concentration of wealth in the hands of the new ‘black elite’. With civil society’s outcry at this circus, steps have subsequently been taken to ensure that the process does move on to achieve what was initially intended- lets wait and see!

Symposium on Islamic Heritage in Southern Africa mustered an interesting mix of academics and pseudo-intellectuals this weekend. Hosted by the waqf support crowd, it provided an amazing platform for discourse and discussion with a swarm of interesting dudes from this side of the Sahara. Must admit that, while talk and strategy is important, there seems to be much of this recently happening- 3 conference in 10 days! From conference to conference, booth to booth, I hear speakers speak but I don’t hear the Truth

Jalsa managed to dilute the seriousness and intensity of ‘talk’ with some ‘action’! Mildly entertaining evening but really needed some jazz on the lake and crude cool runnings comedy to complete the job- well, I could use the only-showing-Kenyan-guest-around validation for not using all those free hours to study!

20 comments:

saaleha said...

now doesn't that title sound familiar:)

Bilal said...

it is familiar- i am reusing all last years titles! But check out what i had to say last year:

http://bilalsblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/living-life-cluttered-with-mundane.html

Thought it fits in nice with that pic. A woman on the beach in Zanzibar. Dont know if her dress can be clearly seen- its what i spoke about in the previous post...

saaleha said...

i spotted the recycling on previous posts. was just bringing your attention to the fact that you may need to be writing out a cheque for my royalties.

I can't make out the dress completely, but i like the little i see.

Bilal said...

oh, excuse me:P But if you check here, you will see that i did acknowledge your input:

http://bilalsblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/hell-on-earth.html

will work on posting more pics soon! *watch this space*:)

Anonymous said...

bilal : why do you always , post the pic first ? any specific reason . . .

oh! and i love the zanzibar and nigerian womens dress codes.....unfortunately this womans satar is not covered :)) (dont get technical now!)....nigerian women carry themselves beautifully and gracefully............

south african women.......umm....umm...yah!

fida . . .

Bilal said...

@fida:

No specific reason- just need to synchronise timings a bit so that pic & text show up together...

I will not comment on your 'satar' comment- as i said before:
-For each his own:)

icedmocha said...

whatz up? what r u up2 these days?

Saaleha said...

the water looks inviting anyway. Won't get into the dress thing either. But when I see the Nigerian women in Jo'burg, I am always impressed by their grace, the flow of their ponderous burkhas. Wonderful, too wonderful.

Ruby :) said...

I relate to the way that you are feeling regarding the disappearance of lucy... I had my Freddie (as in Freddie prince jnr) aka.. A white gole chico stolen last year, and i was really depressed about not having any wheels for a while.. But, like someone mentioned on your previous post, these thing happens for a reason, so, make shukr that you weren't hijacked or something horrible instead, A car is replaceable, your life isn't...

As for the pic, lovely, wish i was there right now, instead of in my stuffy boring lab. :( :(

Ruby

Bilal said...

@ icedmocha:

thanks for dropping by! this post has been updated since so there's you answer...

@ saaleha [no pic:)] :

water was amazing!
warm, clear & inviting!
i agreee. & thats something our society needs to learn- add some African flair and colour to our identities;)

@ ruby:

true. but it still pisses me off!
just about to forget and move on, but will be a while before i calm down:P
Dont we all! Esp on these lovely spring days...

Zahera said...

I prefer last years entry to this years! ;-) shame no-one actually commented! lol.

SubhanAllah- all your pictures on your blog are absolutely beautiful-they have the ability of transporting one into another dimension and encapsulating the "feeling" of actually being there :-)

You also have a wonderful way with words mashAllah; they flow, almost meandering in their own direction, taking the reader on a journey into lands afar and unknown! (I guess its one of the wonders of the blogworld)! :-)

As for the mundane tribulations- (oh dear, i just read youre an accountant! lol- lets see whether you break the stereotype) :-P if we didnt have the mundane stuff, we'd never be able to appreciate the significant things that touch our lives and leave a mark on us- although i will agree that on many occasions these things do clutter life- when we could be sailing the atlantic or saving the rainforest :-P (or simply having a life)!

Great blog- keep writing inshAllah.
I luurrrvveee Africa :-D

Bilal said...

@ zahera:

Hey, blogging was not in fashion last year:P

Thanks- I am considering taking up a career in photography!

Writing is plan B- if the photography thing doesn't work out:)

My sentiments exactly...

Do you have a blog?!

*Viva Afrika*

almira said...

Things will get better! :) Recycling post eh, well thats a thought. ~Lol`

Zahera said...

LOL! ofcourse it was in fashion last year ;-) thats when i actually had one-and then gave it up at the end of last year :-P

Photography is great fun! I did it in college- i have this thing about just clicking away! So from accounting to photography? looll (i dont blame you-ahem).

I think you'd do very well at writing too inshAllah. As for the bloggy question- used to, then i quit after 7 months of writing tripe! :-D

My grandparents live in Africa :-) My parents are from there.

zee said...

*sniff sniff*...we shall all miss lucy :(

no word yet huh bud?

u have to let go bilal...nothing lasts forever - i know its difficult, but have to:)

Bilal said...

@almira: not recycling posts! Recycling subject lines- they are just random.

@zahera: not in Africa- I started the craze and have since created many monsters;) [see fellow bloggers list!]
you should restart your blog! & pay Africa a visit..

@ghoor: yup, all good things come to an end bro:-(

Muhammad said...

damn I've only hada brief flirt with Lucy and I'm missing her. but Alas I agree with the Zee. Hope Durbs Cheered you up Billy boy :) come back anytime, maaf I can't spend too much time with you, wife commands most attention ;) there's that and she's prettier to look at :)


anyhow , let's get our Islamic South African Revolution going and lets begin wit hthe net SA Muslims needs one of those heart electric charge thingies ( what you call them?)

Cool.

Salaams :)

M.

Bilal said...

@mak: everyone loves lucy- sorry, loved:(
dbn was a good learning experience- we now better equipped to move forward together! [see this weeks post]

kimya said...

LSD? hmm.. a green golf one perchance? I think iv seen it around! one of those familiar typa plates..

tributes are in memories :P

Bilal said...

yup- thats the one.
bought it from a local cleva so you would know it if you local:P