27 October, 2020

Imran Khan

Not surprisingly, when the situation demands it, Shahid can also smell with his mouth and his teeth

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Imran Khan
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I don’t know whether to call it a god-given gift. But some of us Pathan kids, particularly those born in Khyber Agency (like Shahid Afridi), can perform some amazing tricks. For instance, he could from a very young age crack walnuts, eat apples and apricots using his nose! And, not surprisingly, when the situation demands it, Shahid can also smell with his mouth and his teeth. Now, you may ask where I sourced these unbelievable personal traits from. Well, it has not come from his lawyer, a die-hard fan or a family-member. It’s all courtesy the redoubtable Dr K.R. Knows, an authority on nasal ingestion of food and other oddities: Biting With The Nose and Smelling With Your Mouth (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill; 600 pages). The tome has not only been translated into Pashto and Hindi, but the good doctor is tipped to be honoured with a Padma award next year by the Indian government. I tell you, some people have all the luck....

Anyway, to get to the point, given Afridi’s special gift, I can’t understand all the...

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