Please note that the speech was delivered at University of Cairo and not Al-Azhar. The reason mentioned was the fact that Al-Azhar is located in part of Cairo called the medieval Cairo and it was difficult for security to lock-down the Old Town.
grrrrrr this makes me real mad ... I understand the confusion ppl have with super long Indian and Arabian names ... but wth is wrong with ppl unable to pronounce or even spell my name ...
I get a high voltage training certificate .. with my name spelled as 'Hafim' ... and the great personal banker at HDFC in my even greater hometown ... spells my last name as 'Mally' ... that's what I call the height of dyslexia :@@@@ the later 'erudite' banker intact had my passport and number of IDs and he still makes this horrendous mistake ...
Why can't ppl pay attention to their respective vocation...ofcourse I ain't even close to be an exemplary ;)... but I atleast take responsibilty of my mistakes ... unlike these ever so reliable bankers and admins who make conspicuous mistakes and no accountability .. to irk me even more..
these are few mistakes in spelling my name ... I wudnt even want to start on how badly my name is sabotaged while pronouncing :( ... pretty infuriating ...so many times while I spell out my name .. the last letter is always confused with 'N' instead of 'M' :((
"I don't understand why other people don't buy chandliers all the time, and put them everywhere. Free people don't know the value of freedom, that's the problem."
"es, that's right: we all live in the Worlds greatest democracy. what a fucking joke."
"Because the desire to be a servant had been bred into me: hammered into my skull, nail after nail, and poured into my blood, the way sewage and industrial poison are poured into Mother Ganga."
"The darkness will not be silent. There is no water in our taps, and what do you people in Delhi give us? you give us cell phones. Can a man drink a phone when he is thirsty?"
"One day a cunning Brahmin, trying to trick the Buddha, asked him, "Master, do you consider yourself a man or a god?" The Buddha smiled and said, "Neither. I am just one who has woken up while the rest of you are still sleeping."
"the dreams of the rich, and the dreams of the poor- they never overlap, do they?See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of? Losing weight and looking like the poor."
"When the work is done I kick them out of the office: no chitchat, no cups of coffee. A White Tiger keeps no friends. It's too dangerous."
"Go to Old Delhi,and look at the way they keep chickens there in the market.Hundred of pale hens and brightly colored roosters, stuffed tightly into wire-mesh cages. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them.They know they are next, yet they cannot rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with humans in this country."
"The book of your revolution sits in the pit of your belly, young Indian. Crap it out and read. Instead of which , they're all sitting in front of color TVs and watching cricket and shampoo advertisements."
"Please understand Your Excellency, that India is two countries in one: an India of light and an India of darkness. The ocean brings light to my country. Every place on the map of India near the ocean is well off. But the river brings darkness to India-the black river."
"To break the law of his land-to turn bad news into good news- is the entrepreneur prerogative."
"I don't keep a cell phone, for obvious reasons- they corrode a man brain,shrink his balls and dry up his semen as all of us know."
"To sum up-in the old days there were one thousand castes and destinies in India. These days, there are just two castes: Men with big bellies, and men with small bellies. And only two destinies: eat or get eaten up."
"These are three main diseases in this country: cholera, typhoid and election fever. The last one is the worst; it makes people talk and talk about things that they have no say in."
"one could not count the moons that shimmer on her roof, or the thousand splendid suns that hide beneath her walls."
"but even though the baby inside her was no bigger than a mulberry, Laila already saw the sacrifices a mother had to make. Virtue was only the first."
"Mariam had never before been wanted like this. Love had never been declared to her so guilelessly, so unreservedly."
"This is why the holy Koran forbids sharab. Because it always falls on the sober to pay for the sins of the drunk."
"Tell your secret to the wind, but don't blame it for telling the trees." Khalil Gibran :)
"She would never leave her mark on Mammy's heart the way her brothers had, because Mammy's heart was like a pallid beach where Laila's footprints would forever wash away beneath the waves of sorrow that swelled and crashed."
"She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into time pieces that fell sliently on the people below."