Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Eid Mubarak!

This was the funniest Eid Mubarak greeting card she could find on the internet:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Miss Talibonita Umbaleki is Fasting...

Miss Talibonita hasn't had fast food in years (especially BK). But this was the best expression of American/Muslimness. This was an ad for Egypt -- sadly no Americans saw this on their televisions...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

16 Braids and Two Uyghur Courtship Songs

What? Miss Talibonita has been going too far south? Well let's bring it up north with these songs:

Uyghur Mermaid Fest with the Turum player (perhaps Trumpet is from Turum?):

Gul Baagh (Flower Garden)

Uyghur courtship dance

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008


So if India is the exotic oriental fantasy of the West then what is India's fantasy of an exotic and oriental land? Central Asia, of course!

Miss Talibonita's daddy is an avid Bollywood fan and luckily for us, daddy's collection has some rare black and white finds, which will be posted up in parts.

Kabuliwala is a 1966 production featuring Balraj Sahni as the Afghan Almond/Pistachio seller working in India to make money to take care of his daughter. Never read the Tagore story "Kabuliwala" or Man from Kabul, so can't say if it is close to the text. But this fantasy of Afghanistan as wild, bearded (in this film with some bad stage beards!) and poor is rather interesting and continues to be repeated in Bollywood.

What makes Miss Talibonita laugh is the presence of cactus in this nostalgic song about Afghanistan.

Here is an excerpt from the story:

"A Kabuliwallah! a Kabuliwallah!" Sure enough in the street below was a Kabuliwallah, passing slowly along. He wore the loose soiled clothing of his people, with a tall turban; there was a bag on his back, and he carried boxes of grapes in his hand.

I cannot tell what were my daughter's feelings at the sight of this man, but she began to call him loudly. "Ah!" I thought, "he will come in, and my seventeenth chapter will never be finished!" At which exact moment the Kabuliwallah turned, and looked up at the child. When she saw this, overcome by terror, she fled to her mother's protection, and disappeared. She had a blind belief that inside the bag, which the big man carried, there were perhaps two or three other children like herself. The pedlar meanwhile entered my doorway, and greeted me with a smiling face.

Ahem! We wash our clothes, thank you very much Mr. Tagore! And WE DO NOT EAT CHILDREN. For your information, we prefer fattened up Midwestern ladies whose flesh are sweet from all the Little Debbie treats they graze on all day.

All that aside, Miss Talibonita's fav Bollywood Pathan is:

Pran as the Khan in Zanjeer (1973)
He makes his grand entrance in squeaky fresh-pathan-made-leather shoes... and kicks everyone's butt!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Vintage Footage of Shah Amanullah (1919-1929)

Shah Amanullah overthrew the British as Protectorate of Afghanistan in the third Anglo-Afghan war. This footage is of his 18 day tour of Europe with his wife, Queen Soraya. Known as the modernizing King, he returned from this trip and tried to modernize Afghanistan too quickly. In 1929 the conservatives won and he was overthrown. He lived in exile in Rome. This footage is from his 1928 visit to Liverpool.

This is footage of him rallying Afghans to rise up against the British in 1919.

This is one of my favorite photos of Queen Soraya, who in the 1920s was the first Muslim woman to go unveiled. It was also one of the factors that lead to the uprising against her husband. Who would have thought an Afghan Flapper would cause such chaos! So here is the Helen of the Afghanistan Troy! She is totally fabulous!