A Beloved Witness

A Beloved Witness

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    By Irfan Hassan The Final Collections: Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals and Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems On a hot summer evening of 1988, I spotted Aga Shahid Ali on the Residency Road buying Paans at Mir Paan House (his favourite Paan shop). At the first glance he did not recognise me, but welcomed me with a big smile, as he would welcome any friend or stranger. I had last seen Shahid in my childhood. When I introduced myself he gave me a warm hug and introduced me to his companion Rouf Rathore telling him about

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