Ashfaq Ahmed, one of Pakistan’s most famous writer and an intellectual, has mentioned several times in his books about receiving uncountable valuable lessons about life from an elderly wise man.
This person, who is mentioned as Baba Jee in Ashfaq Ahmed’s work, is not a literate person but his down to earth knowledge and wisdom is far more greater than of those who are literate.
A friend of mine sent me an excerpt from one of Ashfaq Ahmed’s book yesterday which was about washing dishes. I have translated that excerpt in English and you can read it below:
One day I meet Baba Jee and I asked him to enlighten me. Instead, he asked me a pretty weird question: “Son, have you ever washed dishes?”
This question of his baffled me but I replied: “Yes, I have.”
Baba Jee then asked: “What have you learned from washing dishes?”
I said: “What lesson is to be learnt from washing dishes?”
Baba Jee smiled and said: “Dishes are washed more thoroughly on the inside rather than the outside.”