• 12 Sep - 18 Sep, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
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Being different is really difficult in this world of the averages. You have to face both, your friends and foes who force you to be average and mediocre like them. If you still stick to your style and try to remain different, you are an outcaste. Then be ready for being laughed at your back, sometimes openly criticised and judged unfairly by every average. If you wear shiny colours, dare to adopt loud fashions and have guts to stand alone in your choice of dresses then you are a loner.

Abid Hussain of Nagoya, Japan is one and only of his kind. He’s like a walking rainbow, always wearing flowery, multi-coloured, high-end clothes. He has the biggest and costliest collection of branded clothes, watches, purses, shawls and scarfs. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Empirio Armani are some of the brands that give him a red carpet reception as he is their most valued customer in Japan. He bought hundreds of articles from Armani making a new record which is worth millions of rupees just in one year. He owns many houses and apartments but he prefers to stay in opulent hotels most of the time. “I love hotels because of the shining white linen bed sheets and everything in order, the whole world is at your service. Hotel is my second home,” says Abid Hussain regarding his love for hotels.

His eccentricities do not end here; he has five latest model Lexus luxury cars, all bearing registration number five. Lexus is a top brand of cars in Japan and he loves number five because of his mother's love for Panjtan Pak (the five members of the family of the Holy Prophet).

Recently Lexus rewarded him as the one single buyer of five Lexus cars in one year. His latest is the auto which gives him a chance to dance while listening to his favourite Urdu and Punjabi songs.

All above mentioned are his hobbies but his profession is to sell and buy Hino trucks, he is known as the “King of Trucks” in Nagoya. Abid loves trucks in and out. He is like a specialist doctor who can diagnose the disease of trucks by just listening to the sound of the vehicle. His real expertise is to judge the real price of vehicles. This specialty has made him filthy rich. Hino, a subsidiary of Toyota, employed him as a director of exports. He has a private business of logistics within and outside of Japan as well.

Surprisingly, Abid has no formal education. He learnt the art of business by experience. Born in Rana family, he travelled to Hong Kong and then destiny brought him to Japan. He worked as a newspaper hawker, factory worker and then finally established his own business. His journey from a village of Pakistan to the cosmopolitan of Japan has transformed him into a mixture of old and new traditions. He is still nostalgic about his grandfather’s rides to him while ploughing the fields. With all his modernity, he still remembers the Arabic prayers his mother got him memorised. He still starts all his journeys by reciting the traveler’s prayer for a safe journey. He has a collection of Ajwa dates directly from Madina Sharif and would have two or three of them daily because Prophet Muhammad liked them.

Abid’s story does not end here. He is a sports lover and has been a squash player. Now he is friends with legendary squash player Jahangir Khan. Jahangir Khan is like a big brother to him, who went an extra mile by going to Faisalabad (Lyallpur) especially to crown Abid’s seven year squash playing nephew. Abid is so passionate in his love for Big Khan that Khan’s 555 victories in squash is another reason for his love for number five.

His only unfulfilled dream is to bring Pakistani boys from government schools to Japan and give them a chance to live with Japanese families. He thinks that Japan has changed him in a positive way, so it may change these boys as well.

We all know that this world is governed by the law of averages where geniuses or creative people are bulldosed by common folks who want to retain status quo. But despite these obstacles, the world still has been changed by the very few out of the ordinary people who are different from the common folks. Abid Hussain may not change the course of history but at least he has proved his own way of life – the life he loves. You may call him a hypebeast for his love of high and ultra fashion but surely you can’t deny he is one of his own kind.