Where do you produce your best writing–at your desk,on your phone, at a noisy cafe’? Tell us how the environment affects your creativity.
I do all of my writing in my bedroom, I have a small table, it is spacious enough to place my laptop and my telephone. I have all my books,papers pen and everything I need on my dresser, desk and filing cabinet. I feel comfortable I have all my things within reach.
For me my bedroom provides perfect environment, the TV is there for me if I want to take a break, I watch it for a few minutes and get back to work.
Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, because it taught you something about yourself.
In my childhood I was known for my curiosity, I was never satisfied with a simple answer to my question ,my family had to deal with my why questions,my eldest brother used to be tired of my continuous why questions so much he’d warn me about the famous phrase, “Curiosity killed a cat.”
This never changed my habit of asking the why questions. In 2010 I accidentally heard two verses of Poet and Philosopher Allama Iqbal’s poem, “Masjid toh bana di shab bhar mein” meaning you built the mosque in one night. It aroused my curiosity so much I had to find out why he wrote it ,to me there had to be a reason.I got the help of the internet and got my answer. I realized then how much I adored the writing of this man, I wondered how I could learn more about him.
I thought of my eldest brother who showed me a book where the words, “seek and you shall find” was on the cover of the book, I was eight years old, my brother asked if I understood what the words meant.I looked at him and said, “it means if you look for it you’ll find it.” I did not pay too much attention to it. Those words reverberated in my mind, ‘seek and you shall find.’ when I thought more of how to know more about this awesome Poet and Philosopher Allama Iqbal.
I was amazed how easily I found out what I wanted to know. I was introduced to another great personality via internet he helped me register in the online course, which was all about Iqbal, I started taking the course since 2011 and am still doing it and learning more and more about my favorite poet.
It seemed to be an ordinary incident which started with my curiosity and ended up helping to know myself better than I ever knew. It has brought me the kind of happiness I never thought possible,one more time I’d conclude by saying,”Seek And You Shall Find.”