7th November, 2004
After giving the others a head-start to writing their journal entries
I find myself somewhat at a loss for words now that it’s my turn.
Not only because I thought I’d have all my thoughts neatly structured
in my mind - and I don’t - but also because of the very
nature of this journal entry and what it conveys.
Those of you who know about the history of noori already know that Ali
Noor, Ali Hamza and I have been associated in music almost for the past
decade; from the earliest days of Coven right up to the most recent gig
we performed on the 8th of October, 2004. Like brothers we had lived under
one roof and like comrades we meticulously pieced together the wonder
of noori. I remember how I was as much a part of Ali Noor’s and
Ali Hamza’s family as they were a part of mine; and then the family
grew to embrace Gumby, and noori was complete. Together we created noori
and it is what you all share now - noori is as much a part of you
as it has been of us.
Now I stand at a junction where my own path takes a different turn, a
turn away from noori; a turn that will carry me towards a different bearing
in life. Yes, I have resolved to choose a new route for myself while Ali
Noor, Ali Hamza, and Gumby venture forth to take noori to amazing new
heights. I wouldn’t be justified in thinking of this change as either
good or bad. This is just the way of things. Needless to say, this particular
change wasn’t without deep reflection and contemplation; and during
the course of several months the band has mutually agreed upon and concretized
This is an exciting time for me; a brand new beginning. I have many ideas
in my head that I’m bursting to explore; many new ventures that
I want to create. The years of investment in noori made this next step
possible and I am determined to see my visions of today turn into reality
tomorrow, for tomorrow is a new day.
For noori too it is a wondrous time. Poised to embark on another fantastic
journey, I can’t wait to see what the band will bring out next!
I can say for sure that whatever noori does, it will create a sensational
stir like always.
Trust me, I know - I’ve been there.