I am Areeba Fuad Siddiqui- A media graduate from Karachi University with Second Position Alhamdullilah. I was lucky enough to stand third in Karachi Intermediate board too.
These days I am serving in different canadian firms as a “Content Writer”, and also serving few private clients that seek my services as a free-lancer. Apart from professional writing I also love blogging. I blog at Spring of Autumn<http://springofautumn.blogspot.com/search/label/Social%20Writings>, where i share my opinion and thoughts on everything that strike my
attention from politics and criticism to fashion reviews. Writing is my passion, where I accept challenges,and welcome almost any topic to write on.
Would you please tell us something about you and your site?
Spring of Autumn is a blog, that i started some 3 years back as the assignment of “Creative Writing”.However, i later discovered that I enjoy writing. Therefore, after completing my graduation, I eventually picked writing as my professional career. I also do occasional poetry that can be found on my blog’s sidebar.
Spring of Autumn expresses a thought that lies in its birth. It encourages us to believe on good and stay hopeful. It suggests that if we do not forlorn in the bleak times, than we will definitely find spring even in the autumn to make our lives beautiful. Initially I started this blog with
“Pakistan” in mind.
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
There are many such experiences. However, I love when any of my blog post invite people from all the cultures, developing a healthy discussion. In 2010 there was a big roar about blasphemy laws and amendments. I researched on the topic, interviewed a scholar online and with the help of Quranic verses and Ahadith I cameup with two articles. That honestly developed a big aggressive discussion. But I still enjoyed it. I got to learn many things.
If you had to describe life as a blogger in a Twitter message (140 characters) what would you say?
The easiest way to covey your thoughts, get exposure to the fast moving world and let them know about your existence as an individual is the wonderful experience of blogging!
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
My site covers almost everything. It is as aggressive as politics and as lovely as soft fashion trends!
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
Success is always a gift of Allah. Our characteristics cannot alone lead us to success. However if I’ve to choose one- I think its the ability of taking right decisions at right time.
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
Happiest moment was when I got second position as a media graduate in UoK and gloomiest moment was when our brand new car was put to fire by terrorist in karachi of no reason!
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?
1. China, I wanna see their culture that sounds unique but humble.
2. Switzerland- Who on earth doesn’t want to see the heaven of earth?
3. Italy- Really want to see Venus.
What is your favorite book and why?
The Alchemist by Paulo- everyone perceives a written piece according to his own mental level and social scenarios he has to face with. I liked it since for me it gives a good lesson: “you can never discover new oceans until you have the courage to lose the sight of the shore”.
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
There may be many ways, however i donot think it is much feasible. Earning from blogging will only divert the attention from the quality content to the new ways of making money.
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
It is said, that pen is mightier than sword. If all the bloggers unite and instead of creating racism work together for love, peace and harmony than this world will be a better place to live.
Who are your top five favourite bloggers?
“Khurram Ali shafique”- who is also a famous creative writer. He runs a blog named “The Repulic of Rumi”.
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
Yes, mentioned above.
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
Yeah, Sara Hasan- she runs a fashion blog and won pakistan blogger award this year!
What is the future of blogging?
It is going to shine in Pakistan even more. However I hope, that we start marking our boundaries and limits. One mustnot use it as a tool to insult any culture or race just for the sake of hatred.
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
Happily it has left good effects on my professional life. It helped me discovering my inborn talent. My personal life is unaffected by blogging though
What are your future plans?
To keep working as an experienced writer with a multinational chain.
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
Always remember, there is a difference between notion and and an opinion.
A notion is just a raw set of beliefs, whereas an opinion is formed on logics and proofs. I have seen in Pakistan, people blindly follow the personalities, blindly believe on notions they have thus creating mess, confusion and fuss. If instead of being a blind follower, we start working
in our own sphere, dig the facts and form our own opinions based on logic than we really can save our country from a big trouble together!