A few Moments with Baba Jan

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  7 Comments

This is Baba Jan in the beau­ti­ful dis­trict of Kama. I was out with my map­ping team when we met him. We were pass­ing by his hut he gave us a shout and offered us water­melon. We stopped and sat down with him. He asked us to wait for him to fin­ish his hash. “I enjoy the con­ver­sa­tion then,” he said. Baba Jan has a small store right across from his hut which is run by his 9-year-old daugh­ter. He hard ever leaves his kut, the bed in the hut. He is a very hos­pitable per­son. There are always a bunch of young­sters sit­ting around him and he tells them tales of his youth. He asked what brought us to their place and we told him about our map­ping project on the open source site of Open­StreetMap. I told him about our endeavor to map the whole province for human­i­tar­ian and edu­ca­tion pur­poses. He was happy and offered to show us around next time we were in town. At the end I asked him for his phone num­ber to visit him next time. He did not have a phone. Funny story how Baba Jan gives hash to a mem­ber of his gang in return for every phone call he makes from his phone.

  • Anony­mous

    Hameed, your pho­to­graphic skill and com­po­si­tion con­tin­ues to improve.  I’m really impressed.  The last three posts, since the one about your brother, have also taken on a sur­real per­sonal tone.  Sur­real for me, per­haps, because I am not in Afghanistan now, but I think that applies to many read­ers of the blog.  And I appre­ci­ate that you are telling very per­sonal nar­ra­tives.  Keep it up!

  • Car­los Pantoja

    Nice nar­ra­tive. Seems like Baba Jan is an inter­est­ing char­ac­ter. I won­der if you could share some of his sto­ries with us at a future post. Keep writing.

    • Anony­mous

      Will share sto­ries of more peo­ple like Baba Jan from Jalala­good. I promise. Just fol­low my blogs. Thanks for the comment.

  • Alexan­dra Haines

    That lit­tle girl run­ning the shop seems to have a big job.  Looks like there are lots of customers.

    • Anony­mous

      I am sure there will be pretty soon. :)

  • T$

    I like Baba Jan already … did he make his own hash?

    • Anony­mous

      He’s a very friendly guy.. In Afgh. at least in the east­ern parts, one of the hints that tells you if some­one is Charsi, hash addict, is if they are very nice and friendly. I don’t know if he makes his own hash but they said the hash that comes from that side of the bor­der is really good (hash from  Pak­istan is oily). There are some peo­ple that grow their own hash and use that.