I have lived in a small flat for five years, where I faced water problems more often. Every time I had to run up on roof to check if water is coming in the tank or if some neighbor guy has closed my pipe to get maximum water for him. The water system in the apartments was pretty old like my car. Which I sold recently because the bitch really did not love me anymore, she spent the most of time with my mechanic.
For such pathetic water system, I had to keep a plumber who can fix the connections and solve the water problems. So I had a very fat plumber called Amanullah. He was huge and got tired when he climbed on top of the roof. I had given him so many assignments and with so many interactions with him, I learned the science of plumbing myself.
Half of my life was spent in fixing the football of water tank. I wondered what football had to do with water tank that my plumber kept telling me to change football. Then I saw it was a ball which helped water tank to stop from over flowing. I called Amanullah when my water tank over flowed or water did not come in the tank; he came on his old cycle with a green bag. The most dangerous part was when he went downstairs by skipping on step of stairs and I was always scared if he loses his balance for sure he will fall over some parked car at the ground.
One day I called him to fix a water pipe. He told me that he needs to get some stuff so if I can come up with him. We went in a car, as we got out of apartments, he insisted to take right, I said why? Left would be shortcut, he argued to take right so I did. After a time I asked him why did you make me drive from this way although it is not a shortcut? He replied “Ojee woh mein cycle pe ata hun tou woh yahan se ata hun, q ke wahan se lambi charhai (high steep) hai, mein thak jata hun charahai pe”
He was a very lazy guy, no matter how the small work it was; he spent the whole day to do it. My WC did not have toilet seat, I asked him to get one, and he always replied that he will need to go to some very far away market since WC model is too old and he cannot take measurements with inch tape. My dad told me to ask him to put his head in WC and take measurements, by rolling his head inside for sure he will come up with proper measurements.
A mouse was trapped in my kitchen, I tried hard to get him out alive, he went behind the gas Owen, it was not coming out so I sprayed Mortein mosquito spray over it, I never knew that it will die with my spray and smell so bad. I really tried to take the mouse out but because of Owen I could not. I called plumber to help me. He came and went inside and ran back telling me that it smells so bad. I told him that’s why I am paying you to do it. I realized if he dies here, he is going to smell thousand times worse than mouse, hence I provided him a mask with perfume and somehow he managed to get the mouse.
It has been couple of months that I have shifted at new place; thanks to amanullah, now I fix minor plumbing problems myself and have pretty good knowledge about rates and market of sanitary. It is always good to know people with their different life styles. For sure I am not going to forget this character in my life.