Safi & Hassaan

Safi & Hassaan

May 1st, 2002 was a beautiful day indeed. The sun shone bright in the cloudless sky, rejoicing in its sweet freedom. The winds gently whispered as the birds chirped harmoniously and the flowers seemed to bloom even fuller. This was the day when magic- life and hope- was in the air. This was the day we welcomed my twin baby brothers into this big, wild world.

From 3 siblings, we became 5, with me as the eldest. When my dad brought my younger siblings and I to the hospital to visit, my exhausted mother was overwhelmed with emotion as she held both babies in her arms. The sight was just scared, the bond between mother and child, in this case-children, was just beautiful to watch. What made it more ethereal was when my dad looked down at them with a smile on his face. Even though I was only 12 years old, I knew my father was overwhelmed with love. He could just stand there forever looking at them.

The moment was so private, so magical that my two younger siblings and I felt as if we were intruding upon them. My mother looked up and called me to her. Tears pricked my eyes as I walked over and placed my hand on my brothers’ cheeks. Their skin was so soft and smooth to my touch; it felt like a fine patchwork of silk. When I held their tiny frames against my chest, they smelled of anti-septic, milk, and of baby- of faith and of life.

Nothing can amount to the happiness that I felt as I held my baby brothers in my arms… God knows I love them to the moon and beyond.

My baby brothers are 12 today. *sniff* It feels as if it were just yesterday they were crawling and spitting and blubbering their baby talk. Wanna hear something funny? When mom told me she was pregnant with twins, I spent all 9 months praying for them to be girls. Haha. But yeah. I love them so much… And I hope they always remain loyal to me, as I am to them.

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Nominated for the Liebster Award!

So, I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Meg Writes Stuff. Tbh, I didn’t know what this Award was, haha. But, thank you, Meg. That’s truly an honor. 🙂

Okay. So. Here are the rules, btw if you’re new to this like me:

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11 Facts about myself:

1. I come from a large family. I have 4 siblings after me, 3 brothers and 1 sister. And besides that, we are all VERY close with our grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. I have a lot of cousins, by the way. Pakistani families normally have lots of children, haha. But it’s nice, I guess. You get to have lots of children to take care of you when you get old. So. It’s a good plan in the long run, I guess.

2. I love snow. I’d live forever in snow. In a cabin. On a snowy mountain. I can read my books by the fire. Or on the swing on my porch, surrounded by flowers. Sigh. That would be heaven. ❤ 🙂

3. I love, love, LOVE vanilla ice cream.

4. Of my family, I love my younger brothers the most. They’re twins. Fraternal. Soon to be 12. :3 When they were toddlers, they were super cute. I remember it was just yesterday, I used to change their diapers. Haha. Time sure flies. :’) I’ll go to the ends of the Earth, I’d give up my life for them. Even though they’re almost 12, they’ll always be my babies. ❤

5. I am considered an abomination in my society. “24 and still unmarried.” I get looks of pity wherever I go.

6. I can’t understand jokes. I mean, I do. Just a few seconds later than most do.

7. I have very long hair. They’re straight and super silky, and they fall just above my hips. I used to have longer hair, but the stupid hairdresser cut a lot when I went for a trim. -_- Sometimes, I love my hair. But there are times when I hate it because you can’t do much with long hair. :/

8. I love hugs. :3 Giving, receiving, both. Hugs are love.

9. I like guys who have broad shoulders. :3

10. I am scared of sharks, dinosaurs and crocodiles, and flying bugs. :/

11. I am a huge crier. I don’t cry in front of anybody, just when I’m alone. But I cry at movie endings, book endings, TV show endings, deaths, sad stuff, scary stuff, happy stuff. God.

 

11 Questions to answer:

1. What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing, if any at all?

Sometimes I do listen to music while writing. It depends. Songs with beautiful lyrics. Here are a few:

Human Nature, by Michael Jackson

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, by the Glee Cast

Will You Be There, by Michael Jackson

Yesterday, by the Beatles

2. What is it about writing that keeps you going, even when you’re not sure you want to continue?

Because there’s always that need to write, to pour it all out. Everybody has a story to tell. They just need to embrace it.

3. Who is your favourite author?

Oh. That’s a tough one. I don’t have just one favorite author. I have many, to be very honest. Um, Idk. I’d say J.K Rowling, and Roald Dahl.

4. What genre do you read, but swear you’ll never write?

YA. Not the John Green type. The vampires/werewolves/superpowers type, even though I have stopped reading such books. -.-

5. What do you do when you tell yourself something along the lines of ‘I’ll only procrastinate a little bit longer’?

Hahahaha. Read, I guess. I read a lot. 🙂 Ooooh, or watch shows. Supernatural. :3

6. What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?

I guess, PMS. Oh, wait. Nah. I watch disney movies then. Hahahaha. Um. Idk, I’m not sure. Something that inspires me, maybe. You need inspiration to get you going, so just always stay inspired. 🙂

7. Favourite series, and favourite stand alone?

Easy. The Harry Potter series! And it’s a tie between The Lovely Bones, and The Book Thief. ❤

8. Have you ever seriously screwed up your sleeping schedule because of a book? Was it worth it, and what were you reading?

Duh. Hahaha. Yes, obviously. But my sleeping schedule is already messed up because of university. Oh. Obviously, it was worth it. Hahaha. I always read until it’s dawn, btw. Um. I just finished The Book Thief…

9. What do you do to remember those ideas you come up with when you’re not able to write?

Maybe read. I am always inspired by ideas in books. Or I watch TV shows. Listen to music. Surf the internet. Go outside. Look at people, old buildings and stars.

10. Are there any books or series that you thought were great, and then the ending just ruined everything for you?

I don’t remember, tbh. The Fault in Our Stars, I guess. I wasn’t expecting it, what happens at the end. :/

11. Why do you write?

Because I want to. 🙂

 

My nominations:

1. Petals Unfolding

2. Robotic Rhetoric 

3. Sublime Subliminal

4. SpiritualAlchemy69

5. amandalyle1986

6. projectlighttolife

7. Himani B 

8. poemsoftheinnerspark

9. melissaldelgado 

10. Victoria Davenport 

11. Fatyushka’s box

I had to spend a lot of time choosing you guys for this nomination, btw. Hahahaha. But. Yeah. I think your blogs are awesome. ❤ Anyway, it’s 5:50 AM where I live. Great, I am officially an owl now. 😛 Ad um, I think I’m supposed write questions for you guys, but I’m getting sleepy… So. Haha. You all can answer the questions I did.

So. Goodnight, guys and happy blogging. 🙂

Coke, WTF?

 

My teacher for Brand Identity class showed us the America Is Beautiful ad (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=443Vy3I0gJs) and asked us how it made us feel. About 99% of the students said it made them feel patriotic and humbled, even though their motherland is not America. Later, he showed us this video that supposedly targets the people of Pakistan, and followed the same exercise by asking us how it made us feel. We were shocked, confused and angry.

Needless to say, none of the responses were positive. And I’ll tell you why.

  • First, this is not Pakistan. This video does NOT represent the whole of Pakistan. They missed out on a lot of communities, a lot of people. They can’t just show one side of our country and expect us all to connect with it.

 

  • Second, the use of the tagline, Hur Dum Pakistani (which translates to Pakistani, with every breath) is incorrect, because it doesn’t make sense. Where are the rest of the people in the video? Why aren’t we here? Aren’t we Pakistanis with every breath, too?

 

  • Third, we couldn’t feel the emotional attachment. Almost all of my classmates said they could not connect with the imagery in the video, because they are not used to it. I agree, too. I couldn’t feel as if I belonged in the video, although it was very real and true. Obviously, because the people they showed are not from my community, or my society.

 

  • Fourth, if they wanted to target to such classes, then they should not have used English as the medium of communication. The taglines: Where there is will, there is happiness and Hur Dum Pakistani do not make sense. If they wanted to target this part of Pakistan, then obviously the most logical explanation would have been if they had used Urdu as the chosen language. I don’t think most of the people in the video can understand English. If they had used Urdu, I am sure people could’ve related to it more.

 

  • And lastly, the National Anthem is NOT sung like this. Honestly, this is what bothered us the most. My teacher went ballistic, to be honest. I think he was the angriest one in the room. Okay. The girl has a pretty voice, but it was kinda messed up. The National Anthem is not a song, like it has been used in the video. The National Anthem has huge importance and it is very respected. This video somehow ruins that majestic quality of the National Anthem. The vocalist, Zahra Daha, has a good voice, I agree. But what is most disappointing is the fact that she cannot speak proper Urdu. At least hire a vocalist who can sing the National Anthem without butchering up the lyrics! Her pronunciation of a lot of Urdu words in the Anthem were messed up. This is highly disrespectful and a matter of humiliation for all Pakistanis.

I sincerely hope, this gets rejected as a commercial. They can do much better, to be very honest. i hope they hire a vocalist who has a good command over the National Language of Pakistan, after all this will be an ad for Pakistanis. And I hope that this time, they make sure it represents all the Pakistanis, instead of focusing on one or two communities. Coke is about sharing happiness, bringing everyone together. Please make sure the ads also do just that.

Quick facts about the video:

  1. It is directed, shot & edited by Umair Anwar.
  2. Vocalist is Zahra Daha
  3. The title is ‘Where there is will, there is happiness’
  4. The English translation (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qaumi_Taranah) of the National Anthem of Pakistan, in case you guys were wondering: Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 11.39.45 pm

Paper Doll

“My love didn’t cost a thing.”

 

~John Mayer, Paper Doll

Currently I am listening to this song on repeat. 41 times now. Totally hooked. I have always admired John Mayer’s writing skills. He’s a very good songwriter. Also, his voice is just love. :3 ❤