A face to face with Scaryammi, a blog for all moms out there who can relate to the experiences of a Paki mommy!
Why did you call your blog Scaryammi? Are you trying to scare the kids? No, The blog and mothering support group is called Scaryammi because I based it on my own experience as a mom. I define myself as a Scaryammi because I feel I am a tiger mom, through and through! I drive myself hard and push my kids even harder. I want my children to learn the value of hard work and commitment at an early age and hence I push them to excel. Being a type A ambitious mom makes me a Scaryammi and this platform is about uniting all mothers with dreams and ambitions for their children.
What do you hope to achieve through this platform? I am eager to provide a helpful, informative and supportive platform for all mothers across Pakistan and abroad. I have always believed that when mommies help out other mommies, the results are magical. I hope to provide mothers with a much-needed platform which provides answers to questions such as ‘where can we find an urdu tutor’ to support for mommies suffering from post partum depression.
How do you think scaryammi is making a difference? I think only in the span of 3 months Scaryammi has already made a difference. Every month we do a theme and we always pick up topics that no one else is discussing for our themes. So last month we discussed Post Partum Depression and many, many women came forth and spoke on the page about battling depression after having a child. It was really awe-inspiring.
What is the theme for this month? We are discussing body shaming this month and talking about the criticism women get for being over weight or too thin or in between. A number of women have come forth with their remarkable stories of how taunts and comments has shaped the way they see themselves.
You have these super cute mugs which have a funny Scaryammi statement on them; what is that? The mugs state: “Don’t make me use my scaryammi voice.” I love these!
Tell us about the super popular events you are always conducting. We do a lot of learning and networking events which are aimed at helping build a community both online and offline. Our nutrition events have developed a loyal following and every month we have a heated discussion about weight and fitness. Our playdates are super popular and sells out within hours and the same is the case with our professional mommies networking lunch.
Where do you see Scaryammi going? I see it going far, far, far away. Into a not-so-scary future.
What project are you most excited about in the near future? I am super psyched about the conference of inspiration which will be taking place on 9th February and has an amazing line-up of speakers such as Anjum Ahmed, Qasim Ali Khan and many others. Natty is hosting the event. Sophiya is hosting the orange carpet and we are eager to be part of an event where we will be able to inspire women. The tagline of the event is: To inspire women is to inspire an entire generation.
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Boulevard One hosted a Valentine’s Day Exhibition at The Royal Ballroom, Palace Downtown Dubai.
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Shaukat Khanum held its 6th ‘Festival of Life’ : A Celebration of Hope & Life
The Friends of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre organized a successful fundraiser for the cancer patients being treated at the hospital.
The event was a celebration of hope and life featuring activities to engage people of all age groups. Reflecting this spirit, the arena was filled with colorful balloons and palpable energy radiating off the compassionate, wonderful and like minded people.
Many individuals came forward to support the cause by setting up stalls. They included a variety of traditional clothes, jewelry, crafts, furniture, and scrumptious food. A stall was set-up by a cancer survivor as well, testament to the fact that such events provide an opportunity to patients to feel integrated back into the society after battling an illness that tests patients not only physically but also financially and emotionally. There was a special corner for children featuring jumping castles, ball pit, giant snakes and ladders
and other fun activities. The fashion fraternity also played an important role by donating clothes for the Fashion Lounge that generated nearly Rs. 1 million.
The event brought together people from different walks of life to enjoy a beautiful day in Lahore with their families in support of a good cause. The people thoroughly enjoyed the passionate performance by Laal band where Taimur Rahman sang anthems of hope along with his two adorable little girls. There was also a magic show which thrilled children. The lucky draws were conducted by several celebrities including film-star Shan Shahid. Politician Waleed Iqbal, actor Faisal Rahman, motivational speaker Muniba
Mazari, and designer Maheen Kardar were also spotted at the event. The event catered to people of all age groups and it was a delight to see three generations spending quality time together. The organizing committee of the event comprised of passionate and hardworking individuals, headed by Bina Chaudhry, a cancer survivor, whose efforts to celebrate hope, courage and life will help save many more lives. Mrs. Chaudhry is a living example of the fact that cancer is curable and how a second chance at life can inspire hope in many others who are either fighting the same disease,
know a loved one fighting it, or who simply want to support others going through a difficult time. Dr. Muhammad Aasim Yusuf, the Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital, also spoke at the event and shared an update about the third Shaukat Khanum Hospital being constructed in Karachi. The annual operating budget for all project this year is Rs. 13.5 billion. Each year, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust is able to achieve its fundraising
target owing to its supporters and generous donors who believe in the integrity of this institution and value its contribution towards humanity.
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was a dream which seemed impossible two decades ago. However, people from different socio-economic backgrounds contributed in various ways, owned this dream and eventually, turn it into a reality. Today, by supporting the Hospital, people continue to feel as part of a miracle. The construction and functioning of the Hospital were made possible when many friends of Shaukat Khanum Hospital took ownership of the project. This sense of social responsibility and citizenship makes us all proud Pakistanis.
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