Man would give meaning to his job!

I got to know Ali beside Beethoven shop. Like many other who got to know him in the same place. However Ali is not the margin, he, himself is a separate story of a true and reliable man. An active and lively, honest, energetic man full of beautiful dreams which give meaning to his job making his a unique man. Ali is a man giving identity to his profession, has not imitate this from any other man. He is the first identified shoe polisher in this city.

In the history of our country the craftsmen had been always marginal apparently but in fact they have lived with people, Shoe making is an old profession but shoe polisher is a new one. For a long time shoe makers used to polish the shoes and after some times these two were separated. The earlier has a place9 shop) with a title and identification and the later usually lack any tools and carry his tools with him, having no certain identity. It has been always a temporary job and no normal young man is interested to continue the work in an unwilling manner. The reason is that people consider no aspect of art, no craft and technique in polishing people shoes. It is something not to be considered vital be people. We see many m men wearing unclean and not-polished shoes. Well dressed and classic people who were telling that real being all made up is in fact evidenced by clean and shining shoes. That is part of clothing which is not seen at the first glance. In the same way that true clean home is not identified from its clean guest room, but it is the kitchen and bathroom that show if a house is clean and tidy. If we look at the great musician of renaissance in Iran we see them having tie and shining shoes, more than any other one Master Saba, Master Tehrani and Master Faramarz Payvar.

If polishing people shoes is a profession which can not give identity to the performer, now beside a shop there is such a man giving identity to this profession. Unfortunately in our culture there are few people who can give identity to their work with their intrinsic energy and can then introduce them. Like the good looking and religious old man in old Shemiran road, about 60 to 70 years ago.

He had a tea shop and now in this congested city there is a big crossing and bridge coined in his name, which is known as Seyued Khandan. I do not know what was his name in fact. From the teashop keeper Seyed Khandan, Javanmard Ghasab, Hassan Shamnshiri, owner of a well known restaurant who gave his life for his aim (Dr. Mopadegh), Shadram (the first driver of Radio Department in 1941 who used to take the artists to their destination) to even a simple man whose job was not a true job in fact earning not enough money, and was only a symbol or a man for football games in old Tehran, Mohammad Booghi, known as Mashhad Boghi whose name would not be forgotten when talking about Iran football. These are those in love with their job, having an individual identity and were loved by people and their job were considered for their friendly attraction. Historian and artists passed away such people indifferently. Why? In fact I do not know the reason. It may be the result of that black thought, the process of intellectualism which brought us many problems in this country, which neglected true men and events. For instance, Jalal Al Ahmad, in Gharbzadegi who made the rhyme of Waxi (Shoe polisher) with Taxi to make a speak ironically and make sarcastic remark to those class and people he didn’t like. People like Ali Waxima or Essi Safhe Forosh (who we sell LP in Eslambol bazaar), of whom Reza Hareri, the documentary producer made an attractive 20 min film, have hard roles to play in the life. They are simple men not considered for being simple in the world of deceit and impiety.

But Ali Waxima, whom I know is not a man to bow, be depressed and disappointed. His being humble is the reason of his obstinacy and he is a man of ability, to the extent I know him. I am not telling story about his life, characteristics and dreams. There are many narrations about him. His site has been created by Alireza Mohayeji and we would hear the name Ali Waxima in future, I wanted to tell what I am feeling about him very simple.
With all his imitation from the posture of well known people who he has seen in the films, he is himself, Ali Waxima. He says that he is playing violin with his brush. The relation between shoe polisher with his customers is the relation between the men standing beside and sitting near him In fact one who is sitting has the right to work with the shoes of one who is standing beside him, in fact the sitting one is one of importance and value. Same as an artist playing violin, bending his head, as listening to the instrument while these are the auditors listening to the sound. All of us, customers of Beethoven shop in Sanaie Street, hope see the photo of and name of Ali Waxima in the Internet, through the world, feel proud, polishing the shoes of an artist, sport man, an authority or a simple man like himself.

Seyyed Alireza Mir-Ali-Naghi