At the age of 20, she writes sentiments immersed in sorrows and feelings that remain unsaid and the situations that most of us feel and go through daily. Reading the excerpts from her book is quite daunting. It looks like she knows what most of us are suffering from. As if this small girl is pretty much aware of the darkest secrets, the painful journeys, and the ecstatic victories. Lack of belief, finding peace, letting go of pain or searching for God, these pieces of paper with a black ink talk to you about the matters that are closer to your heart. She pens things down so beautifully that it hurts a little less, it gives courage to so many to move on from the pain and to learn from the trials and scars. We are talking about the very talented, unapologetic and wild (in her own sassy way), Samihah Pargas.
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We came across her book “Early Mourning Hours”, which you all need to go and check because the words narrate a story that we all live at some point in our life.
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m South African, from Johannesburg. I’m 20 and working on getting my degree. Apart from studying, I like to dabble in creative endeavors- writing, digital art, and photography too. It keeps me sane really, so I try to make time for it. I collaborate with other artists as well and enjoy creating and experiencing art with them.
2)Tell us about “Early Mourning Hours”?
“Early Mourning Hours” is my bearing witness to journeys I have made. It is emotion, documented. Observations recorded. It’s also my first self-published book. I’d never have foreseen myself writing it although I had every intention to.
3) What was the inspiration behind writing it?
I was fortunate to have been in the company of other writers who often spoke of being more than just social media presence. We encouraged each other to do more with our words. I was, and am, an avid reader so I was familiar with the idea of a book. It came naturally, it seems. It made sense to me to dream of writing one. I didn’t know exactly what I would write about, just that I would write something. And that’s how it began really. The inspiration was the bright feeling at the very beginning of the dream.
4) Reading the excerpts, they look more like personal experiences. Is this so?
They are definitely personal. I’m not one to write anything that isn’t personal. I think that if I tried, my emotion and personal sentiments will find their way into the work. I don’t think a writer can be removed from their work.
5)What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
I think the key theme is healing. Even when the poem speaks of a painful experience, it calls to healing in whatever form it’s available for the reader.
6) What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
I tend to think that words/messages will reach whoever needs them, for whatever reasons they may need them. So I hope readers take what they need to from the book, even if it’s simply that they feel less alone after reading it.
7) What is the significance of the title?
Ah, the title! I have most of my epiphanies (and existential crises) very late at night or early in the morning. My sleeping pattern is suffering of course. Writing is easier at these times, somehow. I think this is because around then, it’s finally quiet where I am. Any quiet time is a romantic time for contemplation and feeling to me. I confront a lot that I struggle to deal with then, too. In the book, there are poems mourning people and things. You can probably guess when they were written now.
8) What triggers your thought process and you feel like writing? For instance, every artist needs a kick. What is yours?
I don’t think it’s a kick that artists need. Mostly I think the pivotal moment of inspiration is a myth we could debunk. I used to think I was only able to write at night and when in pain. Turns out, I just happened to use writing as cathartic relief for when I was in pain. I won’t deny some of my favourite pieces were written from a place of hurt. But some were written from curiosity, love, and confusion, and joy too. Artists can art whenever, especially if we stop telling ourselves that we need miracles to do so. Creativity is abundant, I think we just ought to learn how to connect with it. I practice stream of consciousness writing these days. I write whatever comes to mind without trying to shape it into something whilst writing. Then I focus on an interesting idea in the newly written piece that I want to expand on. It’s been helping me trust my work, and to navigate and understand my self. That’s my personal process and it’s still under construction. If I want to write something more structured, I keep the storyline in mind. Stories feel daunting to me, however. I’m keeping a safe distance from them until curiosity overrides my fear of failure.
9) In your words ( one line) How do you define God and his relationship with the creature?
Presently, I believe there is the One that guides and the one who trusts.
10) When did you realise that there was a writer inside you?
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I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I think I must ask when I realised that the writer inside me wanted to share.
11)What was your first-ever writing piece?
My earliest memory is of a story I wrote in primary school about a king from an unknown land who sent his messenger to tell me about my secret royal identity…very fantastical but anyway that counts yes?
12) Writing and then sharing your pieces on social media; does acceptance or rejection from people in the world of social media make you anxious or worried?
It does make me anxious. In fact, it’s something I’ve been struggling with a lot lately because I’ve chosen to confront it. It’s easy to fall into trying to cater to what your audience wants. The thing is, both acceptance and rejection, if taken too personally, can lead you to try to fit into shapes that you aren’t. I’m learning to write for myself again and be just the person I am on social media. I want to embrace transparency and authenticity regardless of reactions online.
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13) Is it just out of passion or do you plan to make a career out of it?
I think both. I am passionate about writing and art, and I hope to build a career I am passionate about.
14) The society does not really accept “Being an Author” as a profession. It is the most underrated profession. What do you think about it? How do you perceive yourself as a writer in the future?
Society is strange, man. Language is the foundation of society. We have to communicate in order to move into spaces in which we want to exist. Writing is an embodiment of communication, being a writer means you fare well with one of the mediums used to communicate. Apart from that, writers script the ads we see, the propaganda we hear, the films we watch, the news we read, the books and magazines we indulge in, the textbooks and informative lessons used to educate. The writers that do all this go by many names and work different fields and styles and with different intentions.
Will I write novels or plays? Or theses and case studies?
Moving forward I want to involve myself in as many art/expression/communication mediums as possible. I don’t really assume the label of writer although it is one of the things I am.
Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.
The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.
According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease. If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.
The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.
Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.
These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.
After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.
Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.
Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:
- Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life
Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!
- Don’t wait, just take the first step
The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.
- Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely
The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”
- Respect the competition
Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.
- Change is important
Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.
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