Remembering Paul Walker, our Fast & Furious hero

Published: December 2, 2013
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Paul Walker, the 40-year-old actor most famous for his roles in the Fast & Furious movie series, died in a car crash on December 1, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

December 1, 2013 – 8:30 am

I woke up Sunday morning, dreading the day that was going to be full of guests very soon. I had a busy day ahead of me and all I could think of doing was lazing around in bed, not bothering with anything in the world. Knowing, however, that I couldn’t do that, I struggled to move the warm embrace my blanket insisted on giving me. 

December 1, 2013 – 8:30 pm

The last few guests moved from the dining room, into the TV lounge for green tea before they (finally) made an exit. Whilst serving them hot cups of green tea and coffee, I overheard one of my friends suddenly stand up and ask my husband for the password for the internet.

Startled by her the urgency in her voice, I asked if everything was alright.

Pale in her face, she replied,

“Paul Walker is dead, Ayesha. He died.”

The noise in the room of people chatting suddenly died down to a mere hush.

Another friend got up, a look of annoyance covering her face, said,

“God Amna, you scared us. I thought something had happened to your family! Uff, just calm down and stop making such a big deal about something like this. It’s sad but there is definitely no need for you to overreact like this.”

The silence that followed this time was awkward.

Amna look at my friend and exclaimed,

“It is a big deal Nabiha. Someone died. He died in a car crash! You don’t have to have known him to sympathise. The point is that a person died.”

Nabiha looked at Amna, rolled her eyes and said,

“If he wasn’t one of your favourite actors, it wouldn’t have mattered to you anyways. People die here every day, don’t they? I don’t see you crying bowls full of tears for them.”

Visibly disgusted, Amna said,

“I don’t see why it is so hard for you to understand that another human died. Many have, but this was one more. It is not about who, where, why or how. What is the point of comparing one to another? The point is that another human died and yes, I am sad about it. Just like I am for the loss of any life.”

Before I could step in to mellow the conversation down a tad bit, Amna continued,

“It disgusts me how you can resort to complete indifference just because he died on the other side of the planet.”

A little embarrassed Nabiha tried to defend herself and said,

“That is not what I was trying to say. All I meant was that, he was just an actor. Your reaction frightened me and I thought it was one of your family members. That’s all.”

“He wasn’t just an actor, Nabiha, he was a man who died in a horrific car accident. An accident that was not foreseen. All while his friends and family waited patiently for him to return only to realise he was never coming back.

Yes, he was an actor and I loved him, but I would mourn his death as much as I would anyone elses. Just because he wasn’t part of my family doesn’t mean I will not mourn his death. Just because he wasn’t Pakistani doesn’t mean we won’t miss seeing him in movies.”

I set the tray of teacups on the centre table and asked the girls to have some tea before any other outburst could have taken place.

December 1, 2013 – 10:30 pm

With thoughts of Paul Walker’s death still on my mind and being admittedly upset about the loss his family, friends and fans were enduring I decided to take a look at whether anyone in Pakistan really cared about this. If anyone at all even bothered to notice.

To my surprise, I found out that, within the first few hours of his crash, Paul Walker and Fast & Furious were trending in Pakistan. Here are some of the tweets I came across, not only from Pakistan, but from all over the world that were truly heartbreaking: