Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Eid Mubarak & Slow Days

So we've entered the week of high festivities here. And I'm pretty much going to be spending the week in my room and house. The majority, the vast majority of the local staff has the week off. Three days for Eid. The day before, a holiday called Arafat, something which I've never heard of, and now fell some necessity to learn about. And finally, the day after the 3-day Eid happens to be Juma (Friday), the usual day off.

So not much is getting done, despite us expats not having the day off. I decided to take a mental holiday, as it is Eid for me, and I'm used to at least celebrating the first day of Eid. Don't tell my boss that I've chosen to do this. Sadly, as work is my only entertainment, I'll likely end up doing some despite myself...or to spite myself.

Other recent happenings...I finally made it past one rite of passage. Got sick, stomach sick. It was eventually going to happen. Though I had gone a cumulative 3 months out of 4 in this part of the world with no major stomach problems. I was getting cocky. I have no idea what brought it on, and it was either just food poisoning or a 24 hour bug. Really nothing much, not the somewhat typical week of, um, difficulties. So all recovered now, ready to go eat more unsanitary food. Build up that tolerence.

I'm also trying to arrange for two books to arrive here for me soon. (Thank you J n A.) I know a few people discussed doing a reading club before I left, so if those people still want to, I'd love to do one for the two books I'll be reading next. No idea if you all are interested in these authors. And this invitation is open to anyone. The books are Empire and Multitudes by Antonio Negri, and that other co-author. I have no idea when i'll be getting these books or how to structure the reading group (our last attemp at one failed miserably, but thats what we get for choosing Quine.) Suggestions would be appreciated.

Eid Mubarak everyone.


Elizabeth said...

You selected QUINE for your book club?

Q. A. Shah said...

Yeah...heh...I was pushing for Levinas, the opposing party was pushing for B. Russell. So we settled on Quine's 'Ontological Relativity.' Somewhat in the middle, no? I read it, and I think it would have make a great discussion text. It was just that I was in a dusty village in the middle of Punjab when reading it. That definitely skewed my take on it.

You up for reading Negri?

NegativeMode said...

Have you thought about reading Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi? Excellent book. Taught me a lot, personally.

Here's the link to it on Amazon, although I'm not certain whether or not they deliver to Kabul.

Q. A. Shah said...

Of course i've thought about reading Everbody Poops. Who hasn't?

Sadly, it costs bundles to get amazon to ship here. If you PDF and post the book, maybe we can do a reading group.

Don't take me up on that though.


Shannon said...

I have a very amusing story about the phrase "Eid Mubarak." I spent two hours trying to get an Iranian Man to tell me how to say "Happy New Year," but he didn't understand the term "New Year." Finally after two hours, and me returning to the topic, he stood up and shouted "EID MUBARAK!" and ran to the white board uninvited to write the phrase for everyone. (He was the only Iranian)

Thanks for letting me digress.

Eid Mubarak to you and may your book club begin...I feel so removed from academic texts- is it wrong to feel a pang of jealousy?

Q. A. Shah said...

Khair Mubarak. You can cure your pang of jealousy by joining in. You up?

And, isn't it something along the lines of Nah Rooz?? March, no? The Persian New Year, right? Or is that just what the day is called?

Asiyah said...

sorry for dropping off the face of your blog. It got terribly busy at work...i'm leaving tomorrow and will be back this summer, bakhair. perhaps I can catch up with you then? I couldn't find anywhere to email you...but I think you have my email address. if not, it's my first and last name at gmail or at yahoo dot com

it's sal-eh-naw-ton-mubarak or naw roz ton mubarak for new years.

eid-eh-gozashta mubarak (happy belated eid)

Anonymous said...

I knew a guy on the Cumberland who read Empire not too long ago. I remember that he told me the other author was Michael Hardt.

Arthur S. Inntehnt

Q. A. Shah said...

Well your fellow on the Cumberland told you correct. So are you joining in?

Kyle d'Arthur