"Retirement is the ugliest word in the language," said Ernest Hemingway, but perhaps former President Pervez Musharraf would disagree with him. Certainly a man of means, with time on his hands, a lot of friends and some refined hobbies, he may find that he is just beginning to enjoy life. The ex-president, ex-COAS and author of In the Line of Fire spends his time playing competitive golf, and a mean game of bridge or listening to Lata and Noor Jahan. He has the added satisfaction of being rediscovered by a section of the press and a group of Q-leaguers who want him to replace the Chaudhry leadership. MAD (Muhammad Ali Durrani) says his Juma prayers with him. And to top it all, he is now on a lecture tour in the US, where his opinion will fetch him some hard cash. Who knows, he may come back to find his former lieutenant and loyalist, Tariq Aziz, installed as the National Security Adviser. Now that is life in the Twilight Zone. * * * * * * * * * A story has it that the son of a Lahore-based movie studio boss-cum-film-maker-cum advertising magnate was visiting Mumbai to attend a wedding and staying at The Taj at the time of the tragedy. Apparently the young man was not at the hotel when terror gripped the place, but there was no way he could return and retrieve his passport, travel documents and cash lying in the hotel safe. The "friends" whose wedding he had come to attend refused to take him in, leaving him no choice but to live on the pavements of Mumbai. When his traumatised parents contacted, the Pakistani FM, (a relative) who was in Delhi at the time, tried his level best to help them, but to no avail. In the end the frantic parents contacted the boss of a major Indian media and entertainment network. This media magnate organised a rescue operation. By now the young man from Lahore had been a slum dog in Mumbai for seven days. Moral of the story: know your friends and also an Indian media mogul in times of crisis.