Rafi Saab-The Gentlest of Souls
By: Mr. Murali Nagaraj.
This anecdote is what I heard from my Father. He passed away in 1990. But he was an ardent fan of Mohd.Rafi and he has so many stories to tell about Rafi Saab. I would like to share this one with our Fan Club. It just amazes me reading so much about him and I am not SATISFIED yet, Never will I be satisfied reading about our Rafi Saab. I am pretty sure that there are more and more stories about him.
I would like to share one which I heard from my late father. I believe that Naushad saab used to visit Rafiâ€™s house often and during conversations would tell Bashira Begum (Rafi Saabâ€™s wife) that â€˜She was the most LUCKIEST Woman on the Planetâ€™ and when asked whyâ€¦.Naushad saabâ€™s reply was â€˜Aapko tho sub kuch itni Meeti awaz mein milthi hai, Pyar ki baaton bhi and Gusse ki baaton bhiâ€™.
Bashira begum was supposed to have replied sayingâ€¦â€™Pyar ki baatein chod dhi jiye, Gusse Ki baatein tho aaj tak nahi mila hamein, Gussa tho unko aatha hi nahin, agar aatha bhiâ€¦woh bus utke chalein jathe hainâ€™. Naushad and Bashira agreed to a plan to make Rafi saab loose his temper time and againâ€¦..but their plan never materialised because Rafi Saab never lost his temper. A child plays tantrums, it never gets angry for, it does not know what anger isâ€¦..Thatâ€™s what our Rafi Saab was.
Coming back to the above, finally Naushad and Bashira broke thier plan to Rafi Saab and they had a hearty laugh. Rafi Saab supposedly told Bashiraâ€¦.â€™Agar aapko hamari awaz se Gusse ki Baat sunna hainâ€¦tho aap humse pooch lijiyeâ€¦.Hamein parishan math ki jiye. Aap hamein bataa di jiye kiâ€¦kya kya bolna hain and hum bilkul usi tara bolenge aapkoâ€™. That again is a sheer testimony of the GENTLE NATURE of this Great HUMAN BEING.