strangers to each other

azizi shekiba
(by afghan artist shekaiba azizi)

Roger Cohen, NY Times Op-Ed, ‘Feeling Bleu’, 24th June 2020:

When self-image and reality part company, when the differing worlds of a nation are strangers to each other, an explosion is always possible.

for the second time in a day, an op-ed columnist of the ny-times has read my mind and said something that is frighteningly reminscent of the sichyashun here (the sichyashun that we as a nation seem to be hurtling along with abandon into the abyss).
no wonder the gray lady is the consummate newspaper of record and repute.


~ by safrang on June 26, 2010.

26 Responses to “strangers to each other”

  1. A very unfortunate news I heard the other day, I am hoping it is not true,
    Javid jan or who ever has access to the website please write something, to know that javid is ok!!!?

  2. Please, please it is not true. I have been searching for news everywhere. What is happening?

  3. He jumped into the Panjsher River to save a drowning colleague and is now missing. Please hope and pray for him and his family that he will be found alive, and soon. He is so needed here with us. But the search efforts need help… Email me if you have suggestions:

  4. I am confident he will be back with us soon, and will keep writing his blog and the book we all have been waiting for. Keep up the prayers please.

  5. Sonia shoma rawst maygayn. We will keep praying until he comes back.

  6. I had the pleasure of being a regular reader of his blog. A sad, very sad loss indeed.

    Javed, you will be missed!

  7. I miss reading you…

  8. this man is missed. badly. come back.

  9. i know you can imagine what everyone is going through…please put an end to this. come back.

  10. Goodbye. May your soul rest in peace and God ease your wife and family’s sorry.

  11. fpfj; thanks for your sympathy but you are such a pessimistic son of a bitch.

  12. جاوید
    یعنی باور کنم؟

  13. No – our hope, trust and prayers will bring him back Haatef. I promise you he will be back.

  14. You will be back! and will write us for sure. Miss you

  15. از بزرگترین خالیگاه هایی که من در عمرم دیده ام..
    !جای خالی شما، بسیار خالیست

  16. Thanks for the post. I am very happy to read this post.

  17. جاوید ناشناخته ام برایت اما ترا خوب شناختم حیف بعد از مرگ ات ! حیف

  18. من این بار هم برگشتم. تو …این نبود قرار.
    قرار این گونه نبود.

  19. Ahmad Javaid Zeerak (aka Hamesha) whose photo “On The Road (Kabul, Winter 2008). is the basis for a painting I did, was an Afghan citizen, had studied International Political Economy and Political Philosophy in the United States; and served as a consultant for the Rural Enterprise Development Programme Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. He was one of the key persons to conceive of it; and was the Chief Executive Director of the program. I discovered, after a search, that, on July 9, 2010, Javaid and a collogue drowned in the Panjshir river. Javaid was known for his commitment to his people, his passion towards enterprise development, his eloquence, and his leadership style. Javaid had a Flicker account called “From Afghanistan With Love,” under the name Hamesa, and a blog; that is where his photos were on display. When I could not reach him to get permission to use his photo as a basis for this painting, I started a search, and learned this tragic news. My heart is broken.

  20. می دانم دیگر کسی – جز آن یکی- این جا نمی آید. دل ام برایت تنگ شده. می شنوی؟

  21. یوسف گمگشته بازآید به کنعان غم مخور

  22. سلام. کاش این روزها می بودید. این روزها که همه د وستان تان دور هم جمع شده اند.. میبودید که از حرف هایتان انگیزه می گرفتیم.. میبودید که این بار سبک تر می شود.. میبودید که این ذوق زده گی را با ما قسمت می کردید.

    جایتان بسیار خالیست

  23. Wherever you are, my dear Javaid, I hope you are smiling as always. I love and miss you.

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