Maadi versus New Maadi

I just read this article, and hoped someone would shed some light on this issue.

فى الوقت الذى تظاهر فيه بعض سكان حى المعادى ضد مشروع إنشاء القرية الذكية 2 فى حيهم الهادئ، أكد نشأت جلال، وكيل المجلس الشعبى المحلى لحى المعادى، أن المقر الجديد للقرية الذكية بشارع النصر، تابع لحى البساتين التابع بدوره لمحافظة القاهرة، وليس تابعا لحى المعادى التابع لمحافظة حلوان، وذلك ردا على تظاهر سكان حى المعادى المستائين من اختيار الموقع لهذا الغرض. وقال جلال إن شارع النصر بالمعادى يقع خارج الحدود الإدارية لمحافظة حلوان خاصة مدينة وحى المعادى تحديدا، موضحا أن شارع النصر يتبع دائرة قسم وحى البساتين حتى مسكن نركو المتجه إلى نفق الزهراء يسارا.

وكان عدد من سكان المعادى تظاهروا أمس الأول احتجاجا على بناء القرية الذكية 2 بالمعادى معربين عن استيائهم من اختيار الموقع للقرية، لأن هذا يعنى تكدسا مروريا وإصابته بشلل تام، فطبقا لما أعلن فسيوفر أكثر من 50 ألف فرصة عمل، وتم تحديده على مساحة 75 فدانا. ورفع المتظاهرون لافتات مكتوبا عليها «المعادى زحمة خلوا فى قلوبكم رحمة»، و«ابنوا مشروعات عادى بس سيبوا لينا المعادى»، و«يا حكومة يا رشيدة خليها فى القاهرة الجديدة».
Source: http://www.shorouknews.com/ContentData.aspx?id=229500

First of all, as a former resident in El Nassr street I always thought that Maadi and New Maadi were parts of the same administrative unit, along with El Zahraa, Sakanat el Maadi, Sarayat El Maadi, due to their proximity. Only when I issued my ID, I was very surprised to know that New Maadi (where El Nasr st, and el Laselki st) was part of El Bassatein, which is a bit far from the rest of New Maadi (geographically, structurally, and socially), and from this article I am more surprised to know that New Maadi belongs to Cairo governorate, while Maadi belongs to Helwan!

I totally understand why the residents of Maadi are against the project, regardless of the comments of وكيل المجلس الشعبى المحلى لحى المعادى, because it is clearly visible that during the past few years traffic on the main roads have substantially increased, to the extent that in some conjunctions it feel like being Mohandessin! And unless the roads get wider, building a Smart Village 2 will not improve the situation…

walla eih?

Finney Story

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In Dokki there is a famous square called Finney, I always thought it was Veini, but my grandma corrected my pronounciation… And now called el sad el 3ali (but don’t try this one with taxi drivers 🙂 ). With some googling I  discovered that it is named after Mr. Oswald Finney Oswald J. Finney (1880-1942). Seems that it’s story is quite interesting,

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The Finneys were among the leading British families of Alexandria. A major figure in the cotton trade its patriarch Oswald Finney was well known not only because some of the world’s finest tapestries festooned the walls of his five-floor hotel particulier on Rolo Street, but also for being the town’s top publisher and reportedly one of its wealthiest men. Likewise, he sat on the board of several giant cotton trading companies in both Alexandria and Lancashire (UK). More importantly Finney was the sometime president of the Alexandria Commercial Company, the Alexandria Insurance Company, the Filature Nationale d’Egypte and the Minet al-Bassal Stock Exchange.

But as far as the nation’s capital is concerned we learn that Oswald Finney was also president of the Société Anonyme Immobiliere des Terrains de Giza & Rodah. That is to say he headed the real estate development company that in the 1920s and ’30s surveyed and ultimately laid out the master plan for what became the suburban garden districts of Rodah Island, the southern part of Agouza, and all of Dokki.

source: www.egy.com/landmarks/04-12-01.shtml

The website (www.egy.com) is a real treasure. I checked out the part on Maadi,,,, AMAZING!

3adda el nahar

عدي النهار

و المغربيه جايه

تتخفى ورا ظي القمر

و عشان نتوه في السما

شالت من ليالينا القمر

و بلدنا عالترعه بتغسل شعرها

جانا نهار مقدرش بدفع مهرها

يا هل ترى الليل الحزين

ابو القلوب المجروحين

ابو الغناوي الدبلانين

يقدر ينسيها القمر

أبو ضحكه بترد النهار

a beautiful song by Abdel Halim, it was writen by Abdel Rahman El Abnoudi. I have just heard from Pianolla that Wust El Balad sings it with a new remix…. Hopefully I will find it and see whether it’s good walla ai kalam.

So yesterday I went to see Mowaten Saleh men el Maadi. Can’t say I fell for this one. It’s about a man who reached a very low point in his life and wanted to change. That’s it. Frankly I expected something more than that.

https://i1.wp.com/www.kotobkhan.com/images/books/noon.jpgWhile I was in Kotob Khan, I got a new story. It’s called ن …. That’s a really nice name for a novel talking about women 🙂 The illustration on the cover is very ,,,,,,,,, catchy. I will check it out soon insha allah, meanwhile here is an interview with the writer (Sahar El Mogy) in al-araby.

One last thing about Souad Massi’s concert on 21st of June. Seems that it’s organized by the French Cultural Center for its annual festival “Fete De La Musique”, it will be for FREE in Cairo (Ma7ka el Qal3a)….. I love the CFCC 🙂

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Good Man From Maadi

Tonight el Kotob Khan will screen a short documentary based on a true story “Good Man From Maadi / Mowaten saleh min Al-Maadi”. It is about a young man trying to find his path in life and eager to gain his life and self through a second chance. Script Writer: Yasser Abdel Latif. Directed by Nader Hilal

I tried to google the movie, but no results. And frankly this is my first time to hear about Yasser Abdel Latif, but I heard good opinions about his book “qanon el weratha”. Hopefully this will be a good one…

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SOS, Kotob Khan and Other

https://i0.wp.com/www.sosmusicfestival.com/themes/sosmusic-bm/sos4logo.jpgSo I had a nice few days off blogging. Friday I went to the SOS music festival. Gamed gedan ! Though I went very late, I enjoyed the music of the Iraqi singer Ilahm Al Madfai. He is amazing. I especially liked it when he sang El Bent El Shalabeya and El Helwa Di 🙂 This was my first time to attend the SOS concerts, hopefully I will attend the next one with all my friends and will go there little bit early (going there at 9:30 pm and leave at 11:30 didn’t give me the taste of it 🙂 )

Yesterday was the first anniversary of el Kotob Khan. I can’t beleive that a year has passed since this place was opened! It really made a difference for me. I really love this place, very cozy, down to earth and filled with great memories (and great books tab3an 🙂 ). I went there at the last minute, I was barely able to congratulate Karam, she told me about the writers who came and celebrated with her the anniversary. There was also a 10% discount on all books and she had all the cafe’s orders for free! Karam has lots of surprises 🙂 Thanks Karam again and again.

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As I have been away for a while, allow me to add few thoughts as well 🙂

Talking about love.
I don’t want to sound too cliches, but sometimes I think that love is only an illusion, that only very lucky people marry for love and are able to keep its charm going for many years. But every now and then I get to see love nourishing the lives of some cute couples, this really gives me the impression that el donia lessa bekheir, however after many deceptions and disappointments I return to some black thoughts that some people are able to continue their life without love, that there are alternative ways to live life happily, building a career, raising kids, seeing the world, or just 3eshra between the husband and wife even if it was without deep emotions…. I don’t know. Maybe Love is just an illusion, maybe it is not. Maybe it was meant for me, maybe not,, only the days will reveal the answers.

Talking about motherhood.
Being a mother is one of the blessing that can not be compared to anything else. Many women get married just to have kids and have a life just to raise them, and this is the ultimate joy they can dream about. Others beleive that being a mother can be an obstacle to their careers. Some mothers say that they will raise their kids while avoiding the errors that their own parents made, some succeed and refrain from repeating their parents’ teaching only to fall into another series of errors, others fail in avoiding this and repeat all what their parents used to tell them. Some mothers dedicated all their lives just for their kids, paying no attention to the husband, to themselves, to their careers,,, other moms take care of their social life, their look, their marital life and keep an eye on the maid who raises the kids. Some refrain from social activities because there is no one to take care of the child, others take the child with them, and others leave them at the grandparents’… There are hundreds of scenarios in my mind about being a mom. Which one will I be if one day I get to have my own kids? Will I be the cool mom who take her kids to concerts? Will I be the strict mom who forbids her daughter from talking to boys? Will I panick when my 15 years old son smoke a cigarette? Will I transmit my reading habit to them or will they reject it? Will I be able to maintain my lifestyle as it is or will I change it in accordance to their requirements? How will be my daily schedule? ,,, only the days will reveal the answers.

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update: 

* I think I owe ME an apology. The number he gave me was correct, the one who answered just wasn’t the one who should have answered. Thank God, I really like ME’s music…

* BTW my beleif in love stems mainly from seeing a couple celebrating their 20th anniversary in a honeymoon-like trip, or two sixty years old holding hands while watching the sunset, or a couple with 15 years old kids still calling each other “honey, baby, sweety, love,,,, etc”. I don’t know why but I am deeply impressed with gray-hair-love-stories 🙂

* Today I went to get some biscuits from a koshk, the old woman working there refused to take any tips from me, so in order to break my embarrassment I tried to talk with her about her kids. She was VERY proud of her 6 children, 3 of them graduated from faculties, 2 of them still in school and one of them married and left school. The smile on her face brightened my day 🙂

Maadi Club concert

Yesterday, there was a big concert in Maadi club, sponsored by Mobinil, featuring Haitherm Saied, Mai Selim AND Mahmoud El Esseili.

EL Esseili was hilarious, I enjoyed all of his songs, he was very energetic and made the whole crowd go jumping with him. Kan gamed gedan!

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Shaklaha Bazet book discussion

Yesterday, I went to Kotob Khan for the discussion of Omar Taher’s “Shaklaha Bazet”. It was an amazing night. I was a little bit late (15 min), and I couldn’t find a seat easily! We were a bunch of 40 people or more, it was jammed and many were standing the whole time, but all of us enjoyed tremendously. Omar is a very down-to-earth guy, cracked us with laughter many times 😀 It was really good. We also got to know some insights about his works, how he wrote this book, some secrets from his father (yes, his father attended the discussion, and he is an adorable man). Omar also signed for me my copy of his book, so sweet of him. I hope he’ll finish his next book sooooooooooooon.

As I was in Kotob Khan, I couldn’t leave without getting few books :-), I got some serious ones (ماذا حدث للمصريين لجلال أمين, المدينة العربية , شخصية مصر – الوسيط لجمال حمدان), and a not-so-serious one (سيد درويش prepared by Cultnat).

Currently I am reading a book called “los siete pasos de Osiris” by Dr. Juan Martin, it is a historical novel in Spanish. Actually this is my first book to read in Spanish, and I really want to finish it soon. It is very interesting, it goes back in the past, talks about the present and then jumps into the future (Imagine a revolution led by a dictator happening in Egypt, imagine a place where history is considered a taboo!). I finished only a quarter, so I’d better wait before giving a full review, but so far it is VERY interesting!

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Last but not least,,,, shewaya halss :-D. Sayed Darwish is amazing. Here is a song:

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لحن الوارثين و النسوان

الوارثين الرجال ع النسوان يا سلام سلم مافيش كده أبدا بهجة

داحنا الوارثين يا أفندم ضاربين الدنيا طبنجة

يا حبيبتي دي جتتي ساحت و الحب اهو نط في كرشي

دي ساعة الحظ ان راحت أبدا ما تتعوضشي

كل الأطيان لو ضاعت في بوسة مانستخسرشي

النسوان مين يشوفنا بالذمة و لا يطلعش من دينه

اللي يعمل لنا حشمة خليه يتلهي على عينه

نسوان من أحسن فورمة دا احنا النتايات الفينو

لا تقول شنجر و لا بنجر و لا كورسال و الا كازينو

السح النح يا مون شير كل دا إحنا بادعينه

كشكش أحيه على مصر أحيه من شبانها و بناتها

بسلانته عامل لي جانتيه هايص ويا بسلامتها

وطن إيه بجي و سخام إيه بكره تبان له لبتها

و البنك يطب عليه يشفط الأطيان كلتها

يسرح بجي سيدنا البيه بمخلل و آدي أخرتها

الوارثين الرجال دا كلام ملاحيس مايهمش ما تتمسخرشي علينا

إن شا لله ما حد حوش دي الفلوس في رجلينا

بنغني و نرقص بولكة و مازوركة و نسكر طينة

نلعب بوكر و نبقشش بالجنيهات ملو ايدينا

النسوان نعرف جغرافيا و نحوي و حساب و حاجات ترللي

5 X 9 ب16 و باريس في الوجه القبلي

بونجورنو فعل مضارع مفتوح ع البحري تمللي

دي صنعة هنري التاسع شيخ حارة في المتولي

أبجد هوز معناها بالتركي إبقى قابلني

كشكش كده و إلا بلاش يا مدارس دي بناتنا بقت مناخوليا

يكفانا بس نعيرها و قال إيه واخدين بكالوريا

و الواحدة في طبخة نابت عايزالها 50 كخيا

ما بدال الفسيولوجيا إدوها طبخة لوبيا

دي كلها لهجة لوجيا و أمور أوانطته لوجيا