Dear Diary: A fictional account of Adnan Sami Khan’s visit


April 15, 2010

KARACHI: Musician Adnan Sami Khan has been on a whirlwind tour of Punjab with his third wife, Roya Faryabi.

The couple is currently in Islamabad. So what did the two get up to? This is how Khan’s traveller diary could have looked like...


Raiwind expedition

Dear Diary,
Roya and I reached Lahore this Sunday. We had afternoon tea with Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind. I don’t know what I was thinking
when I offered Mian sahib to sing a duet with me. I don’t know what he was thinking when he didn’t refuse it there and then.
Roya’s Reception
Dear Diary,
Today we attended a dinner thrown by Jahangir Badar. He’s the first person I informed about my visit to Pakistan. He has been very kind to me through the years. But I doubt he will continue to send me almond sherbet now that I’m married.
Friends’ reunion
Dear Diary,
It’s been a really busy trip but I managed to meet all my friends who are very happy about my wedding. I wanted to spend more time in Lahore but my health wouldn’t permit it. Lahore, I will definitely come back to enjoy the savoury food here.


Food Poisoning

Dear Diary,
All our plans to visit historical buildings and other famous places in Lahore went up in smoke. I’m ill again. I think I ate more than I should have. So Roya and I stayed back in the hotel. How I wanted to see the Lahore Fort...
Scam Charges
Dear Diary,
Riazur Rehman Saghar accused me of taking his lyrics and not paying him any money. Well, what can I say? I should have told him how I now work with famous stars like Jermaine Jackson and don’t recognise the likes of him.
Happy Family
Dear Diary,
Roya loved Lahore! She loved the way my family and friends treated her. She’s a proud wife. Why couldn’t Zeba and Sabah have been more like her?
Adoption
Dear Diary,
We visited an orphanage called the Rawalpindi Sweet Home. We adopted an orphan from Mardan! Apparently so has Feryal Gohar.
Back to Lahore
Dear Diary,

We are back in Lahore to attend my cousin’s nikah ceremony. I’m still not sure if I will compose or sing here this time. My priority here is visiting with friends and family. But I wish I was back in Mumbai. I missed the soundtrack launch for Bumm Bumm Bole, which Azaan composed.
Oh well....
To Islamabad again
Dear Diary,
We are back in Islamabad again. In Lahore, we had dinner at the Governor House where I sang a few songs. Before leaving, we had breakfast
at Jahangir Badar’s place. Roya is exploring more of Islamabad now.
Disclaimer: While this is loosely based on newspaper reports, the diary is a fictional account.

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