May 21, 2007

War & The need to be tidy

On my trip to Bosnia last summer, I came to terms with war in the heart of Modern Europe. I stayed with my friend and her family in Hadjic outside Sarajevo on an estate situated on top of a hill overlooking green valleys and Sarajevo.

I noticed how tidy her father was, and everything had to be in a certain place. He noticed that I was looking at him in wonder and he went on explaining why he had become so tidy:

"During the 4 year siege on Sarajevo by Serb forces, we seldom had electricity so one learns to organize ones life in a way that should one even be blind, one can find things. The comb, nail cutter, glasses, everything has to be at a decided place and never move an inch from it."


kaya said...

Salaams jaani. Bohat busy ho?
Meri haalat parr bhi rehamm karro!

Diligent Candy said...

WOW! Makes perfect sense...but, it makes one feel so raw...

Destitute Rebel said...

Hey, thats true a lot changes during times of war and war zones. I have lived in a place where we had bomb shelters or as they were known as "bunkers" next to every house and every time bombs came flying every one had to run into these.

Also in Pakistan I remember my granddads house everything was meticulously organized, reason being electricity could go out any time and you had to know where the things were.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Kaya! Jee exams hai! I'll do reham on your haalat later ok? lol

D Candy! Well I guess war times are raw.

D Reb, hmm sounds like quite a life you have had there.

musicalchef said...

Salam alaikum,

I've enjoyed reading your posts on Bosnia. I've recently become very interested in Bosnian music. I put up a page about it on my blog. If you get this comment, I'd love your input on it, since Bosnia and music are two of your specialties!