By Maj Tahir Yasin, Retd (56 PMA L/C)
Back in 1978/79, we were in exercise area for collective training. One day we were sitting in the Field Mess for dinner. Our CO had gone on some duty and the 2/IC was acting CO, so he was on the head chair. While having dinner, 2/IC, a Pushto speaking officer, told the waiter standing next to him, “Alaka, woh lay ker aao”. (‘Woh’ was his pet word, which he used for every thing).
Waiter looked at us, not understanding any thing as to what Maj sahib wanted, just kept standing. We again started with gup-shup. After some time the 2/IC remembered that he had asked for some thing which has not been served so far. He again said to the waiter, “Alaka Karim! Woh lay ker aao”.
Karim, the waiter, again kept standing.
Little furious on not being looked after, Maj Sahib said a bit sternly the third time, “Alaka Karim! Woh lay ker aao”.
The waiter responded, “Sir, woh khatam ho gaya hai.”
Maj Sahib said, “Oh Achcha!! Theek hai.”
We all enjoyed the quick witty response of waiter Karim.
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