Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mr. Khan

The above portrait of mine was done by my friend Mr. Kareem Khan. Out of the three portraits he has done of me so far, (in his characteristic impulsiveness of sudden zest), I feel the portrait above has captured me in my elemental, (cheerful, energetic, optimistic) best.

Everyday Mr. Khan sits at Nehru Place, New Delhi selling books from his pile of literary collections. Mr. Khan is a highly temperamental person (as most artists intrinsically are). To the frequent passer byes asking about the location of the nearest ATM/ cybercafe/ Bank etc he either responds by a cold, stony, silent gaze or a hot, sour/ bitter/ acidic reply .









To those in query of a particular book/ magazine he's informative, civil, laconic. But to the rather rare queries about any literary manuscript of some worth, he suddenly comes forward in a loquacious, friendly, patronising, candidness (in fact, it might have been the starting point of our friendship too). Thereon he goes onto chat about various other books, offering random information about classics and manuscripts of a wide variation. If he then feels, that, the enquirer is of suitable merit/ fiber, he opens up to his favourite topic of art, culture and creativity. It is then, that the interaction begins to zest up, and then onwards, Mr. Khan opens one up to an alternative world of multitude doorways (somewhat similar to the internet).

What I like most about Mr. Khan's viewpoints are that they are charged, strong, electric, and inflammable. His age and experiences allows him to talk of art/ aesthetics from a viewpoint that is SIMULTANEOUSLY passionate, from the gut, visceral and yet airy, ethereal, lofty & inspirational at the same time.

In our modern world of politically- correct, sanitized, hypocritical and convenient conversation, people like Mr. Khan provide us a refreshing alternative. Since I, myself am a soul who's immersed in my own overtly opinionated world, viewpoint, of Religion, philosophy, Vedic astrology/ Rahu Ketu/ Vaastu and what not, my conversations with Mr. Khan can fall under Jean Baudrillard's classic definition of Radical Exoticism. Where, radically divergent/ different entities combine to create Synthesis/ Metastasis on another unforeseen level. Purely Rahu Ketu indeed...100%!!!

8 comments:

Sangeeta said...

Mr. Khan's painting is too good.You should show him this blog.

manish said...

he hides from the world in the bookshop - we all hide in our own ways - some of us hide in others hidden mysteries...

Anonymous said...

Mr Khan of Delhi seems like the orchid seller of Shillong, the anomoly in the system. Sounds like the script of a short film that can be made....what say?
Sonal

dro said...

hey , the whole primoidal simultaneous 'eruption' of words,feelings,instincts,uncertainties and resigned calm have a great impact on the reader and at the end it all flows out like 'rain'.
in fact i think u may have a future in this.

your friend
apple head

sabah said...

Oi Kela AADIMDAMIAN! baperok sini paisone??!?! Gom paisone moi kun, kela?!?!

Utkat said...

Same here, whenever I was with him, i come to know a lot of new writers. Some of them, I'm missing, some I've only heard of. He has his opinions on every other writer, and he's very sure about them. He'd made me realize me every other time that how I'm missing something good. I only met him 5 or 6 times, but he's this big influence on me. He's another great mind in Hiding as said by Manish.

Anonymous said...

Mr Khan has moved up in life. he just opened a gallery in Noida sector 18 (near HSBC bank).n its called STUPA 18. He is still the same though with his cigarettes and tea. check out the place if you guys can and post comments here. i bet the trip will be worth the conversation to say the least.

Emerald said...

I am planning to meet Mr.Khan very soon.Good Job done by rendering a glimpse of his nature and the subtle aesthetic sense.