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The story starts with the sentence “From time to time life sends you someone who is so unexpected that you wonder how you ever lived without them.”(Shah). Tahir is in search of this “someone” who can change his life and is in search for a story that is within his heart. After his family go for a vacation, he also plans to go on a trip. “He made his way to south of Casablanca, on the road to Marrakech.”(Shah). He went on this trip in order to search the story in his heart. He was very restless. He took a lift from a truck that was very old looking and the driver had to stop every half-an-hour to pump air into the tires. Tahir asked the driver weather he had a story in his heart. The driver said that his heart is full of pain due to smoking too much when he was young. Both came out of the truck too push it as it had stopped. Tahir decided not to accompany the driver further and went to a nearby café. It was a nameless café. He was the only customer there and still it took the waiter five minutes to catch his eye. He ordered a coffee. While he was having his coffee a well-dressed personality entered. “He was six foot two, broad shouldered, and moved with confidence”, said Shah. The waiter made the man sit with Tahir as he said that they both had a connection as they both were travelers. The man’s name was Yousef. He explained Yousef that he was in search for a story within his heart. Tahir told him that people of morocco thought that there were streams running under the ground. In exchange Yousef replied that the streams were not of water they were streams of words. He then left the café. Tahir travelled from one community to the other, pleading for stories. He then waited for a bus to Casablanca. He met a police officer and the officer told him that he will not find any bus at this time and so he approached Tahir to come to his home. The officer lived alone and his family was in Marrakech. The officer offered him a mint tea and they started talking. Tahir also told him that he is in search for a story in his heart. The officer told him that he had a story. The officer told him a story of a young man who was very restless and would run from one place to another in search for a teacher who could teach him something of value. He met a sage and the sage told him to go far and wide. He must find the happiest man in the world and when he finds him he must ask him for his shirt. On his travel, he met all sorts of people; some were rich while others were very poor. He asked them if they knew who the happiest man in the world was but they did not know the answer. “He traveled his own kingdom and went to the next kingdom and the next.”(Shah). On his quest, once when he was tired he sat under a tree and slipped of his shoes. While he was resting there he heard a loud laughter noise. According to Shah, “It was so loud that the birds did not roost, but circled round and round. And it was so thunderous that it caused the leaves to fall off the tree.” The man then following the sound of the laughter came near a lake from where he saw a small house on an island. The man could not see a boat so he jumped into the water and swam to the island. After reaching the island the man knocked at the door. When he saw that there was no reply he pushed the door and saw an old man sitting on a carpet. The old man had a big turban on his head. “He was laughing so wildly that tears were rolling down his cheeks.” (Shah). The old man kept laughing and told him replied to him that he was the happiest man in the world. He then noticed that the old man did not wear any shirt. As the old man unwounded his turban, the man realized that he was the sage who had sent him on this journey. He asked the sage that why didn’t tell him that he was the happiest man in the world at the first place. The sage replied that he did not tell him because he wanted him to experience certain things and also wanted him to meet various people and if he would have told him in the first stage he wouldn’t have been cured. Tahir thanked the police officer for the story. He then sat in silence and felt very calm. “His chest began to warm up and his mouth had been closed. His eyes were wide open.” (Shah). He could feel the same story in his heart. The officer then told him that everyone has a story in his or her heart.
Travelling to new countries gives life a wonderful experience and helps teach a person about the cultures and traditions of that country. Travelling is something that teaches a person many things as one can have many interactions with strangers and can help one learn many new things about him as well. I had a magical experience during my journey to United States of America. My main aim or my mission for going to America was for an educational purpose. I wanted to know more about the country and wanted to explore it. I had visited America in the year 2007. It was ten days school trip. I really enjoyed my trip with my friends and I also got to learn many new things on my trip. We were also accompanied by our professors. My trip was basically based an educational based. They were very helpful and cheerful. We visited Washington DC, New York and Florida. The experience was great and thrilling. We visited many important landmarks, museums and also many memorials. These places would help me know more about the history of America. Wherever we went we would always try to get more and more information about that particular area or place as it would help increase my knowledge about that place. People were very friendly in America. I did not feel that I was away from my home country. The people were amazing. They were very helpful and cheerful. My experience taught me many things. It helped me learn how to live an independent life. I had to do all by myself. No one would pack my bags or iron my clothes; everything was to be done by me. I had seen a transformation in myself. I was becoming independent. It was the best experience of my life. The trip also helped me improve my communication skill. By talking and meeting different people in the hotel as well around the city, it felt like I belonged to that country. The trip was very informative. By travelling with friends it would help improve social development and increases maturity in a person. My love for travel has increased after this experience. The way I look at the outer world has changed. This experience has given me many unforgettable memories and has also helped me transform myself.
The experience of Tahir Shah is in a way related to my travel experience. He was in search for the story in his heart, whereas I was in search for education as it was during my school days and I wanted to grasp as much knowledge about the country. Tahir was restless to find the story in his heart. He met many people and had various interactions with them and at last found the story in his heart. I was also restless about gaining as much knowledge as I can. I met many new people and my interaction with them helped me gain knowledge about their culture and traditions. I had a wonderful and joyful experience. It has transformed my entire life. Before I used to fear from talking to strangers, but now I am very confident as I had an experience which transformed me. Tahirs experience was very unique for him. He had found the story in his heart. On my way to America, I was
Travel trips are something that each person must go for. Travelling makes people explore the world as well as explore one’s own life. Travelling can be a wonderful experience. From the story written by Tahir Shah, we come to know how restless he was to find the story in his heart. He travelled all the way to south of Casablanca and found the story in his heart. When I went to America I too was restless like Tahir because I was in search for more and more education.
Shah, Tahir. In Arabian Nights: a Caravan of Moroccan Dreams. New York: Bantam, 2008. Print.
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