About Sisman Tuccar

Over the years people have asked me about Sisman Tuccar. I always tell them not to worry about it, but you know how curious people are. The moment they think you’re holding out on them, then they just can’t contain themselves and they want to know. I guess that’s just the way people are. As soon as there’s something that they think they don’t know then they just have to know. So finally I relent because, you know, you don’t want people to start losing sleep over nothing.

I first met Sisman Tuccar a long time ago and spent quite a bit of time with him, so you might say that I knew him quite well although that really doesn’t mean much. I had never planned on meeting the fellow. You know, you can’t plan these things. They just happen. A series of accidents that are no accident you might say. It was really almost too much of a coincidence. However in life as you may one day find out for yourself, nothing much is coincidence.

You couldn’t really say that Sisman was either this or that. Some said that he was the thirteenth generation great grandson of Nasir ud-din Mahmood al-khoji of Herat but I never heard him talk about it himself. Others speculated that he was from a line of Qalandariyya. But you shouldn’t get the wrong idea. If you met him in the street you wouldn’t detect the slightest difference between him and the next person. He even wore the same style of cheesy moustache that was the fashion at the time. By trade he made his living as a merchant selling antiques that nobody really wanted. But on the side he was selling people something they already had but didn’t really want to know about, this thing that’s between what’s already gone and what hasn’t yet arrived.

Sisman used to spend a lot of time at the teahouse which is where I first met him. He had a real sweet tooth and had a liking for those middle-eastern sweetmeats. Often people would come to see him to ask him this or that. Mostly it was trivial stuff. But as to the thing that he was selling, people didn’t seem to be very interested in it at all. Anyway, one day when we have more time, I’ll tell you more about him.