It was evening of long weekend of April 2009. A friend of mine was here in taxila to see me. He said “We should visit some new things near you.” And I asked him “Have you seen sirkap?” He replied “No”. Then I said it would be the best place for you to visit. So we settled off quickly towards Sirkap as it was getting dark. And we could have missed the chance if we do not hurry. Sirkap is a few yards away from the main gate of our university. Sirkap is a historical place of old remains of one of the most developed cities of Second Century. It’s said that it was destroyed by an earthquake. Shops, drainage system, security enclave, mander, and many more things all these are still present there.
When we arrived there, it was almost dark enough there that we had left with only a few minutes to visit the place. I said my friend to quickly go through things and was telling him about each thing a little bit because of shortage of time. On reaching near a “Stupa” we saw a “Pathan” with a very costly camera. I wondered why “Pathan” taking pictures in this dark. Because these “pathans” are there at remains all the day, guiding people, securing the place. But why he is taking pictures now?? The question ……ohhh I just left it unanswered and we forwarded towards the 2nd century’s clock. It’s really a working clock, four quadrants drawn on ground and if you stay at center. Your shadow will tell the hour of the day. As I was telling my friend about this clock that “pathan” with one more person along with him came towards us. The “pathan” talked to me in English “Well I am from Italy, would please like to tell me what you was telling to your friend but a little bit quickly as I am getting late.” I was stunned!!! Pathan speaking English so smoothly!!! And what?? He is from Italy. I was really stunned for a moment. I recollected my senses and explained him about the clock. He thanked me and quickly moved towards the next remain. But I was really astonished I was just about to move towards other side to hide myself as I was not so much aware of all these things he was moving towards. But that person who was along with him, called me “Sir”, “Sir” and I stopped again. The person spoke in Urdu and said that I am unable to speak English and that Italian is in hurry. Would you please translate in English what I would tell him in Urdu? I agreed 🙂 As it was easy. I explained him about the jewelry moldings and jewelry shops, as that person told me. I just asked a question in between that explanation that, are you a student? And he said he is a doctor and professor in University of Rome and writing a research paper on “Archeology”. !!!!!!!!!!
I was stunned again…….!!!!!!!! I just became a fan of him. I told him that I am student of engineering university taxila. He said that he has seen my university. “Its so beautiful.” He added. He said further that he is in hurry because his flight is ready just after an hour. So he has to go back quickly. I asked him to give me his contact he demanded pencil/pad. ………It wasn’t there in my pocket neither in my friend’s. He suggested a solution to problem that gives me your mobile; I would type my email on your mobile. That’s how we met with such great personality the director of Performing Arts department of University of Rome. We first thought he is a “Pathan” He was dressed so perfectly in that appearance that we were unable to guess what really he is. It was so nice to meet him. Especially the experience of guiding someone was really amazing.