Pakistani Spectator recently took my interview for their fabulous website, thanks to smacula for recommending me.
so heres my down to earth rendezvous :p *humble me* *yay*
heres the link or down the page.
Would you please tell us something about you and your site?
I blog by the name of Mubi aka scarlet wings.
By profession I m still a student pursuing my Honors degree in media studies and hope to delve further in my field along with my interest in poetry and calligraphy which I am still planning to start off with
Its been a year since I have been blogging. So far I have only one blog which I would like to call a not so personal online journal reflecting my perspective towards life and little, everyday happenings that include some emotional experiences through prose and poetry both, some related to the political mayhem in the country garnished with benign humor and at times dark emotions.
Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?
Yes of course, I have seen a lot of improvement in my writing style from what I used to write a few years back. It’s like the more you write, the more you are able to explore and expand yourself and your limits. For any writer be they popular or not, getting better at expressing oneself is an essential part of catharsis.
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
All the times that I have been tagged by fellow bloggers remains to be one joyous aspect of blogging. Also I think I have met some really interesting people through the world of blogging. Their regular visits to my site have been overwhelming (in the positive sense). Not to forget some of my silent followers who have contributed equally in building up my motivation to write.
What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
I might sound a bit lazy and unconcerned when it comes to my communication with fellow bloggers apart from blogging itself. I have joined twitter but I don’t remain up to date with that. Most part of it, it’s limited to blogging.
What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?
In Pakistan I don’t think we have any advancement of that sort right now. Parties like Imran Khan’s Tehreek e Insaaf have been establishing their website where people can register with the party. This gives the general public a better chance to get to know the party they support and remain up to date with their agendas etc.
Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?
Technology in any field has proved its effectiveness and I think bringing a new change in politics like this would definitely gather a much better response from people especially those who have lost faith in Pakistani politics and those who don’t even go to vote during elections. I guess online voting system should be promoted in Pakistan.
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
Do I really have to see my blog as different from others? I think it’s pretty much like many of the blogs I follow. What would make my blog and others different could be the difference of perspective towards life in general and how the encounters with life affect me.
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
It would be my realization of the fact that I used to be very nonchalant. I realized I needed to work hard and gave myself a good nudge but I wouldn’t say that I have succeeded in life already…
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
*sigh* hehe *totally confused* I don’t know if I can put a finger on either of the moments in life. For the gloomiest it was perhaps the time when I lost my Nani (grandmother), I loved her dearly. As for the happiest, have had my share of happy moments and I know there are a lot more to come inshaAllah J
If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?
Cool! Without any contemplation they would be:
Cedar point, it’s an amusement park somewhere in US, can’t recall. I have an absolute LOVE for thrilling rides. Since there is no money problem, I think I can add Spain, a place I always wanted to visit to see its walled cities and do their flamenco dance :p plus it’s got an exciting theme park to offer too!
And Alaska? Perfect I say
What is your favorite book and why?
Just one? Aww ok…For this year I think it has to be Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom- reason, it says a lot about life, hope and value of it and in simplest of thoughts. Plus it is a story about a teacher and a student and for some reason its really close to my heart. I can read it any time and every time. Apart from this (I can’t resist the temptation) Harper Lee’s To kill a mocking bird and Life expectancy by Dean Koontz
What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?
Hmm I don’t scrutinize people so doesn’t really matter. Though recently I have started to notice people’s accent when they talk, have heard many funny versions of English accents :p
Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?
No, no one apart from myself :p
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
So far I can only think of the advertisements that bloggers can put up on their blogs to earn. I don’t know how much that benefit in terms of money but it’s a great idea even if it isn’t a lot.
Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?
Not necessarily. I think
that depends on the quality of writing and the selection of topics that are brought up on blogs. I know many bloggers who are blog enthusiasts and write a lot but that’s not because they have ample time on their hands. It’s because they are very passionate about what they write and thus successful.
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world friendlier and less hostile?
Bloggers right now are doing a pretty job in representing their countries on a certain level which I think is a good step in removing any prejudices we hold against each other. Also blogs that write solely about their culture and politics etc are a good way of attracting people from other religions and countries to get to know the exotic side of places they never knew about.
Who are your top five favourite bloggers?
Seher who blogs here http://apromisepledged.blogspot.com/ Through this blog she has indeed been touching our lives plus she also maintains three other splendid witty blogs.
Tazeen who writes at http://tazeen-tazeen.blogspot.com/ her writing is blunt and witty and amusing.
UTP from http://www.umarpirzada.com/blog/ Umar aka UTP has categorized 3 days of the week and writes under those titles with thought provoking stuff and something to put a smile on your face. He also maintains other blogs one of which is related to sports.
Destitute rebel has a photography blog http://lahoredailyphoto.blogspot.com/ His blog narrates a new story, a new face of Lahore through his photography.
Duffer is one of my favourite because he’s one person in my list who has been maintaining a very interesting Urdu blog here http://www.dufferistan.com/
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
Yes, once I wrote a conversational post http://goldenpages-mubi.blogspot.com/2008/10/to-be-or-not-to-be-p.html about the load shedding problem in Pakistan with an element of humour in it. It has gotten the most powerful reaction so far: p and I think my latest post as well
What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?
I am one of the Pakistanis myself and I see a lot of flaws in us as a nation like we end up electing the wrong people all the time. From a political point of view, we are facing quite an unstable time in the history of our country, struggling for our basic rights against dictator like politicians. Keeping the political mayhem and vulnerability state Pakistan is in due to pressure from superpowers and terrorist groups, I think people of Pakistan deserve some kind of an award or a standing ovation for their undying patience and level of hope.
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
Not just one but something from all the blogs that I follow amazes me. I have been awed by their writings and ideas at one point in time especially those who are younger than me.
What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?
People in developing countries are still fighting for their basic rights like availability of food and sense of security.
What is the future of blogging?
With so many blogs mushrooming up in the world of internet, I see a very bright and long lasting future for blogging. A lot of competition for bloggers to maintain their individual style and distinctiveness
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
I think there was a time when I used to talk A LOT about my blogging world in my professional and personal life which was quite an imbalance hehehe :p
What are your future plans?
To maintain a GOOD GPA, this may sound insignificant but it’s really crucial at this time. Besides that there are a lot of wild dreams which I really hope to see come true.
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
Don’t miss this issue, it’s my interview in it On a serious note I think Pakistani Spectator deserves an award for their individuality and efforts in representing our country. Now to the readers – I m no saint myself so I can just add that try to forgive others coz life’s short. Also I read in a book that ‘there’s always cake’ which means there’s always a brighter side to things in life, try to see that.