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Agha Shahid Ali journals: 2

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April 26, 2001

[Speaking of Begum Akhtar, Shahid said:] ‘The morning after one of her concerts there were many reviews in the paper. She said to Shahid: ‘parh ke sunao (read them out)’. Shahid read some of them out to her – they were all raves. After a while Shahid tired of reading and said – ‘You know what’s in all of them, why go on?’ Her response was: ‘Keep reading – it’s always nice to hear good things (achhi baat sun-na to achha hai).’ Shahid added: ‘I love to hear praise. I never tire of it. You know how shameless I am!’

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