Friday, July 15, 2005

Monumental task : remembering heritage :: Gulf News

QUOTE\ He rues the time when all things modern began to ruthlessly replace the traditional.

He writes: “In the 1960s and 1970s, when oil income introduced many citizens of the Arabian Peninsula to travel and imported goods ... the result was that Grandma’s rag rugs, hand-made patchwork quilts and needlework cushions were thrown out of the bedrooms; the large back-resting pillows disappeared from the living room. And in came everything that was supposed
to indicate that the occupant of the house was a modern person.”

Al Abdul Salaam is not against modernity, but he wants Arabs to examine their need for the new even as they pause and rethink their compulsion to do away with the traditional [read old].

Littering the house with anything that carries a brand name and pursuing this habit to cover the last square inch of the home, he feels, ends up making the house less of a traditional home and more of a modern hotel room. /UNQUOTE


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