By Zeeshan Parwez
Masood Bhai (Ahmad Paracha) has passed away. For those of you who didn’t know him, he ran a music store in Peshawar called TeenBeat. Since the last 3 decades, he provided music to countless people in Peshawar. Yes, he had the best music selection in the form of vintage LPs, tapes and CDs. His knowledge in music was immaculate.
My elder brothers, Adnan, Salman and Usman were always regular customers. They had a taste of the 70s and the 80s through him. I got introduced to him in 1992 and since then I had been going there purchasing countless albums and ordering selections. The teenbeat card (receipt for pickup of your order) was the most treasured thing.
I think many people would back me up when I say this; a lot of times I found a record to be available at Teenbeat ten days after its worldwide release. In those days it was unheard of because new records would reach Offbeat and other shops a bit later.
The last time I met him was last year when I went to purchase some Pushto CDs. He had aged quite a bit but still had that smile on his face. Only this time he was asking for an autographed poster of me and Sajid so that he could put in on his wall with the other posters of artists signed. I.e. Jagjit, Rafi, RD Burman.
RIP Masood Bhai. You shall be missed.