THE SECOND ANNUAL PETARIANS INTERNATIONAL (PI) GOLF OUTING, Hilton
Head, SC, USA - April 2009
Report by Zia Shah, 7454/Q
It was great fun
indeed! Golf aside, it was great to share in the wisdom of Khursheed
bhai, enjoy the culinary skills of Adil, look at nature from every
possible camera angle with Wasif and feel alive with good natured
humour of Bhibs.
After five months of wintry weather in TO, I was looking forward to
the trip and an early start to spring. We lucked out in terms of
weather: four and a half days of perfect golf weather! We knew we
had overstayed our welcome in HH when all of a sudden, during out
last albeit extra round on the last day, we found ourselves to be
the only golfers on the course in the middle of a South Carolina
thunderstorm before finally deciding to run for cover. It was time
to go home!
Wasif and I arrived early and at about the same time. We had a bit
of fun at the airport when we realized that neither one of us had
booked a rental car (expecting the other one to do it, of course :-)
for our drive to HH with the end result that we were without a car
on a Verizon Heritage weekend. We did manage one at the end and we
were soon on our way to HH - about an hour from the airport. Adil
and Khursheed Bhai were to get in town later in the day (Bhibs was
flying in very late in the evening) and we had about 4 hours to kill
between the two of us. We were in HH so what better way to do that
than on a nearby golf course! We found a decent course nearby and
decided to hit the links. It was somewhere between hole number 2 and
3 that I discovered Wasif's new found love for crocodiles, turtles,
trees, cart bridges and water - basically everything that lay still,
had wings, crawled or moved and didn't play golf. Apart from being
able to hit a wicked ball, he was a man on a mission to capture
nature from every angle, nook and corner. By the end of our trip, he
would be capturing 139 scenes in all of their 8 mega pixel glory.
Over the next four days, Wasif shared the golf cart with each of us.
He will be often found missing from the cart between shots. Pretty
soon, we learned to stop worrying about him and just look in the
direction of the nearest wetland to know where he was.
Adil and Khursheed bhai arrived at about 7:30 pm, perfectly timed
with the end our first round. The long drive from D.C. it seemed,
hadn't really unfurled any of Khursheed Bhai's poise or Adil's take
charge attitude. For now though, we were all hungry and decided to
head to the nearest restaurant to feed our growling stomachs. The
last time I had met Wasif, Khursheed Bhai and Adil was at the
Niagara Falls get together so we had a lot of catching up to do. It
was a great evening and we enjoyed our food, the conversations and
the reminiscing but the real fun was to begin after the arrival of
Bhibs later that night.
Report by Khursheed Khan, N-26/Q
As Salam Alaikum to All:
We had one great time. More details shall be sent in by Wasif, Zia
and Adil. I just want to thank everyone for the great time we had.
You all were a great company.
The event was very well organized, special thank you to Adil for
that. A big personal thank you to all involved for putting up with
grouchy old ME.
Upon introspection (Hey I had trouble falling a sleep after 3:00 AM
today) I realized that I may have been a bit two strict/harsh with
all my younger brothers at the event.
My defence is that being the senior most Petarian (and the self
declared Founder Chairman of the CCP Golf Authority) at the event I
took it upon myself to keep discipline on the golf course. I am
sorry of if I hurt anyone's feeling in the process.
Thank you and Allah Hafiz.
Report by Adil Baloch, 7993/A
not make it a boring topic by undoing your good work of keeping
minorities in check. I'm sure the minorities appreciate the care
that you provide :)
thoroughly enjoyed the trip, as I did last year...........out of the
5 and a quarter rounds of golf I could only play one:):) the rest
were dedicated to nothing but BS and child's play.
any case, this was another memorable trip that I don't think people
will be forgetting any time soon. That house on 4 Beachside Drive in
Hilton Head Island is probably thinking about us as we speak :):)
Bhai this time brought the much needed sophistication that we needed
is now a established fact for me at least that I cannot play golf if
I am paired with Dada. It's not that he is
distracting............well, he is but...............it's just that
it is very easy for me to forget golf and remember years 1979 to
1982 when he is around. Additionally, I get to speak my Sindhi for
the entire year in 5 days :)
Hopefully, this time around we have given him enough bug to
concentrate on hitting the ball well and so he will be a little more
serious of a golfer next time. I left his company for just one round
and boy did I hit the ball well!!
Anyways, this year turned out to be a pretty good one. Because we
rented the house, we had to make full use of the kitchen that was
available. We went grocery shopping the first day and learned lots
of things about each other like who knows how to buy groceries :):)
That was fun. By the time we got to the kitchen, we already knew who
could help because those who don't know how to buy groceries would
probably not know how to cook either :):) But I am glad that each
one of us contributed to the best of our culinary capabilities and
we cooked our own meals. You have to go crazy to have fun and we did
just that this year.
What great 5 fun-filled days!!
will send the pictures under a separate cover shortly. Wasif Bhai,
can you send your pictures as well.
Report by Bhibekshan Chowdhry, 7837/J
feeling of brotherhood sans any beliefs and ideologies is what you
get when a group of Petarians get-together. Ages, races, ideologies
don't matter. The common fabric binding them was Petaro. Many of my
brothers who bicker and complain on this forum and who have hardly
met even must realize the bond of Petaro is so nostalgic that if you
just make a little minor effort you will suddenly find yourself
immersed in this beautiful ocean of Petarvi feelings.
know the great KK bhai from this forum and Adil even though I know
his elder brother we never really met at Petaro. Wasif Bhai became
friends on the forum and Zia Bhai I know him since 1985 but never
truly spent any quality time in these 24 years.
you imagine the joys that 4-5 days of togetherness can bring? You
just have to experience it. We all have buried ourselves in this dog
eat dog materialistic World. We all have friends and families around
us. We all are so stressed out that we have grown bald, grey, fat
bellies and carry tons of unknown diseases but truly speaking the
joys of spending time with people who may not be your fellow but you
know we all understand the same language, culture, feelings and
jokes. There is no start up time in this company everyone just
strips bare and is fully aware the other person who maybe 20 years
senior will understand and enjoy it equally. This is what we all
truly got to share when we met at HH, SC and boy!! it was a total
admonishing of KK bhai like a great Chacha and like Zia Bhai said
about Wasif Bhai his love to capture nature through his digital lens
is something these words here are not enough to describe it. The
pictures and words will only show you one dimension of the fun..you
got to dip into this petarvi love to experience this beauty.
am sure many a guys will be tempted now for the next golf
championship. Itís not a marketing effort to sign up couple
of Petarians for the next golf tournament which is as agreed by man
of his words Adil to be held on the west coast. We will respect KK
bhai's privacy by not announcing it if we go to Vegas. But for sure
get yourself ready for the next golf in the West coast.