21 October 2013
Related: Living with one of those Alam brothers
posted by Salman Rashid @ 12:00 AM,
- At October 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM, From Facebook said...
Excellent. I am sure it is true. Gen Tumble bet his month's pay over something in a GSP with a Captain (Ali Ejaz Rafi) and asked him to show him the book the next day. Gen Tumble lost and sent him the Cheque on the first of the following month.
I had the honor of knowing them all, less shamim alam , right upto the last one in army . And u bet there is a whole book of jokes like that
I had d pleasure of being gen shamim's G-3 at d CGS sectt,and then his ADC wen he ws d CJCSC..knew all d brothers less d 2 shaheeds..d pers who deserves d real tribute ws their MOTHER who trained them to be wat they eventually became..ALL wer icons in their fields..
ZA was my commander in kharian those days kamal.i fully agree with ur remarks.i some times ponder as to where all such like people have gone....??and there were many many more like this those days....like brig javed(micham)...rafi alam.....long list.
GENERAL JAVED ALAM KHAN, GREATEST GENERAL PRODUCED BY THE ARMY.
Rauf Ahmed Khan
It was a pleasure to serve under (late FA) Feroze Alam during the '71 war. May ALLAH bless his brave n noble soul, ameen.
- At October 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Gentlemen, the Alam Khan brothers were/are all good people. To know them was an honour. To be friends with even one a greater honour and boundless pleasure.
- At October 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM, said...
I had the pleasure of knowing the Alam brood, and the proud privilege of serving alongside some of them; one seldom comes across a finer band of soldiers & human beings! It has been an honour to count them amongst my role models & friends; thank you for making my life richer!!
- At October 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Omar Chaudhry, many of us were fortunate to know this merry band. The tragedy is so many will not know them and be able to emulate them.
- At October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM, said...
I thought you will never loosen up. Good to get out of deep and thick history once in a while. Loved this. .
- At October 21, 2013 at 6:42 PM, said...
- At October 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM, Arshad Ansari said...
Had the honour of serving with Gen Javed Alam in C&SC in 89/90, I was DQ and he was a DS....never demanding...always forthcoming to help us young officers. Had a unique way of telling Jokes....serious faced! God bless him
- At October 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM, Nayyar Julian said...
- At October 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Anonymous, I am human, after all, aren't I? I've got other racier jokes. All unprintable, though.
- At October 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Arshad Ansari, You have been a fortunate man. Cheers!
- At October 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM, said...
Why was Javed Alam Khan called Tumble? Any story behind it?
- At October 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM, Salman Rashid said...
By JAK's own account, he, Ejaz (13 Lancers, died Bara Pind Dec '71) and, I think, Shuaib (PAF) were at the same time at Lawrence College. Their fav food was egg rumble-tumble. They overdid it so much that they came to be known as Tumbles, all three of them. Legend has it that even they themselves greeted each other 'Hi Tumble,' 'Hi Tumble.' As they say, 'Darogh ba gardan e Ravi.'
- At October 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM, said...
Humour seems to have gone out of uniform. Good old days.
- At October 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM, said...
Since the order of March was Zahir, Feroz, Shoaib, Shamim, Shamoon, Aftab, Mushtaq, Ejaz & Javed, the three brothers together at GG most probably were the three youngest - Mushtaq (PAF, killed in an F-6 accident in '67), Ejaz (13L, Shaheed in the '71 war) & Javed. Their nickname may also be reflective of their somewhat rotund facial shape (please note that I have made no comment on JAK's impressive physique)!!
- At October 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM, said...
Myself and Brig Saad has the honor of costing one month's pay in 1974 on our joining the SPEARHEADS. Tumble still remembers that and now he owes me BLUE..........................
- At October 24, 2013 at 6:01 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Omar Chaudhry, for the correct order of march, pl refer to Brig ZA's "The Way it Was". My mistake: it would have been Aftab, not Shuaib.But we could always refer to Tumble for the last word.
- At October 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM, said...
Khak main keya sooratain hon gee jo pinhan ho gaeen.
- At October 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Anonymous, so true Mirza Ghalib. When I finished reading The Way it Was (Brig ZAK) in 2005, I inscribed this full couplet on the last page.
- At November 28, 2013 at 7:46 AM, said...
Aap ke blog se mutasser ho ker, i have written an article in Uru. if you go me your email address i can send it to you.Sabuha Khan (mrs shuaib Alam)
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