|The organizers got the title of the talk a little bit wrong, but that|
is fine, because we think that they also took some poetic license to
describe Amirul, Moses and myself as THREE Established Speakers on Economics.
I have a couple friends I have made since my college days, Amirul and Moses. Last week our trio (thanks to Amirul) was formed ‘to play a gig’ for the matriculation students of the International Islamic University. “The gig” is a basic talk on the fundamentals of economics, the global monetary and banking system (I can hear you snoring already), the economic rise of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the current fiscal death spiral of the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain). So of course we titled our show (talk), “THROW THE BRICS AT THE PIIGS.'
|Sun Flower Cracker, unofficial roadie|
and groupie of TTOT.
As this is our first ever collaboration, our unholy trinity decided upon a working title for our ‘band’, and Moses came up with a canny name, ‘This, That and The Other’ or TTTO for short. We had very little time to prep and rehearse for the show, which we did last night. This posting is about the highs and lows of the gig. We learnt quite a lot about our weaknesses as presenters and a little about our strengths. But good or bad, I wouldn't have wanted to perform with any other band member but Amirul and Moses, aka Mr. That and Mr. The Other.
It is boring to write without pictures. So below are some pictures that were snapped by our unofficial roadie (if she was official we would have to pay her) and groupie girlfriend to the lead vocalist of TTTO. She is known in this chronicles as Heche, but just for today she should have a proper and respectable rock band groupie name… Sun Flower Cracker. ..
The crowd was coming in slowly. They must be wondering, “Who the heck are those 3 middle-aged speakers? Why am I here? Will my standard of living improve after listening to them talk for 2 hours??”
Have a lovely day, sunshine. The talk was an interesting experience which we hope to have again soon. The students were lovely, polite and amazingly, actually interested! So not like us in our university days almost 20 years ago… It was a privilege to talk to these bright young stars about to rise in the firmament of academia. Ameen.
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way