11 Year Old Boy Aspiring to Become an Astronaut Interviews India’s Iconic Singer Salim Merchant — by Qayl Maherali on Simerg com

Qayl interviews Salim

Qayl’s FaceTime interview with Salim

Not very long ago, Simerg had featured a photo piece about my interest in space and the dream I have to become an astronaut one day. The feature, Photo Essay: A 9 Year Old Ismaili Boy’s First Steps of Becoming an Astronaut, followed my momentous meetings with some of the world’s most renowned astronauts. Most recently, I had the rare privilege to interview Salim Merchant. He and his brother Sulaiman are two top Indian musicians who have written a whole bunch of songs for Indian movies. They recently toured numerous North American cities performing to full houses. I really wanted to interview them because music is one of the three things I love, which go along with space and soccer. I was fortunate to have a short but insightful conversation with Salim through FaceTime. Here is an edited transcript of my interview with Salim, and I hope to follow this in the near future with the actual audio/video of the interview.

Qayl: Ya Ali Madad Salim, I am Qayl Maherali doing a CNN ireport. I am very privileged to be interviewing you today. I am 11 years old, in 5th grade and have taken a deep interest for space, music and soccer. The questions I have today cover 3 topics: Mawlana Hazar Imam, the FIFA World Cup and Music. Are you ready to get this interview started?

Salim: Yes!

Qayl: Ok! Coming to the topic of Hazar Imam [His Highness the Aga Khan], how did it feel performing for Mawla Bapa?

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Mawlana Hazar Imam with performers at the Institutional Dinner in India in 2013. Seen in the photo are star performers Sulaiman Merchant (left, in white) with his brother Salim (at right of Hazar Imam), who was interviewed by Qayl during their recent North American tour. Photo: The Ismaili/Nazim Lokhandwala. Copyright.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with performers at the Institutional Dinner in India in 2013. Seen in the photo are star performers Sulaiman Merchant (left, in white) with his brother Salim (at right of Hazar Imam), who was interviewed by Qayl during their recent North American tour. Photo: The Ismaili/Nazim Lokhandwala. Copyright.

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