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Interview with Blogger Awais Aftab

By Amna Gilani • Sep 25th, 2012 • Category: Interviews • No Responses

*Would you please tell us something about you and your site?*

I am Awais Aftab, a doctor and aspiring psychiatrist. My blog *A Myth in
Creation* (http://awaisaftab.blogspot.com) is the repository of my
intellectual, artistic and literary explorations for the past six years. It
has a definite philosophical bent, which has become more prominent over
time.

*I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?*

The most memorable experiences have to do with interacting and meeting with
other bloggers, some of whom went on to become very dear friends and have
significantly influenced the course of my inner life.

*If you had to describe life as a blogger in a Twitter message (140
characters) what would you say?*

I would borrow the words of Maverick Philosopher, with some modification to
fit within 140 characters: blogging is a vehicle for the relentless
quotidian questing for sense and truth, without which some of us would find
life meaningless.

*What do you think sets your site apart from others?*

I think the philosophical and quasi-philosophical outlook sets it apart
from others within the Pakistani blogosphere. (To be honest, I am no expert
or academic in this regard, and my blog cannot compete with various
international blogs devoted to philosophy. I am a self-taught student of
the subject, and my blog is a means for me to reach out to those with a
similar interest with no other pretensions.)

*If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success
in life, what would it be?*

I feel I’d be a poor judge of my own success, and I do not consider myself
to be a ‘success’ in life, not yet anyway. The little I have accomplished
is a result of steadfastness, a striving for authenticity and the
invaluable help of well-wishing friends.

*What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?*

I have been the happiest and gloomiest in love.

*How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?*

Paid advertisements appears to be the most convenient way, but it really
depends on how much traffic a blog gets. For most bloggers it is not
sufficient enough to be of significant financial value.

*What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world friendlier and
less hostile?*

I have written this elsewhere as well. We cannot suddenly and radically
transform a society; nor can we create a society out of nothing. We have to
work with what we have got, and what we have got is a small but significant
sphere of influence. We have to begin with changing our micro-cosmos and
building our lives, whatever we can, as much as we can.

*Who are your top five favourite bloggers?*

Ah, tough to pick. Wouldn’t make a rank list, but these are five blogs,
among many others, that I regularly follow, can relate to and appreciate.

Maverick Philosopher: http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/
Proustitute: http://proustitute.tumblr.com/
F.: http://andtwice.blogspot.com/
50collegestreet: http://50collegestreet.blogspot.com/
Qasim Aziz: http://qasimandbeatles.blogspot.com

*Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most
powerful reaction from people?*

My posts on religious criticism (Muslim Feminism, recently) generally get
the most reaction, but that, I feel, is because it is a topic that many
people are drawn into discussing, in contrast to possibly better posts on
philosophy that may be too abstract for popular taste.

*Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?*

Karachi Khatmal (http://karachikhatmal.blogspot.com/) is pretty unique, I’d
say. I can mention two more blogs: Zunn (http://bhaichod.tumblr.com/) for
it’s aesthetic quality and Iblees (http://iblees.wordpress.com/) for the
splendid humor.

*What is the future of blogging?*

The blogging culture has witnessed a tremendous increase and one can
reasonably expect it to grow more in future. I suspect that the shape and
manner of mainstream blogging will change, given the rise of twitter and
tumblr. However, I am sure the conventional blogging format will continue
to exist, even if it no longer remains the popular format.

*You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your
personal and professional life?*

The influence on my personal life has been tremendous, primarily because
the interaction with other bloggers has provided me with much-needed,
like-minded company, and some of these friends have significantly affected
my worldview. Blogging has given me more confidence in myself and at the
same time more humility by making me mindful of my fallibility.

*What are your future plans?*

I will continue to learn more about philosophy and related subjects; the
blog will continue to serve as a reflection of my intellectual development.
Professionally I plan to specialize in Psychiatry, preferably from abroad.
Personally I hope to be with the girl I love and whom I am currently
engaged to.

*Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?*

Live authentically because a life is more convincing than an argument.

regards,
Awais


 

 

 
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