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Farheen Ali

Student, Author

Somewhere, India

Hi! I am an author and a student from India. I have recently completed my high schooling.

There are only two super human beings in this entire universe whom I look forward to be like in my life - my mother and my father. And the only one who matters to me the most - my sibling. I am very much into writing as it allows me to express my thoughts and emotions on paper.

I have also fulfilled my dream of writing my first ever book 'Born & Raised On A Go' (2020). I further plan to explore more in-depth about the world of writing soon.

Interests

Flip it!

Jan 22, 2021 19 hours ago

Arthur Sulzberg Jr. once said, “Newspapers cannot be defined by the second word—paper.  They've got to be defined by the first word—news.” These days GenZ (people born between the late 90s and early 2010s) is no longer interested in reading newspapers. Fortunately, I have been having the righteous habit of flipping the pages of newspaper since I was young, almost 7th standard. And in not only one, not two but three languages. Perhaps there are many more people who not just read papers but take a deep dive in the ocean of news daily. But the fact that newspaper is not something which is adored much by the newer generation cannot be denied. There are several reasons why newspapers are not being read by young people in many countries. The most important one is the evolution of information technology. One no longer has to read a newspaper to stay updated of the latest happenings in the world. It is now possible to get instant updates from internet. Another reason for this loss of interest in newspapers is that youngsters need byte sized information and lack the required patience to read long news reports. Also, they have little interest in topics such as politics and business which receive undue coverage in traditional media. However, youngsters should be encouraged to read newspapers because these are authentic sources of information. This is not exactly the case with social media where gossips spread faster than truths. In order to win the attention of young people, newspapers should find out what they are interested in. To draw their attention, stories like sports & entertainment should be given more coverage. Only counting the benefits of newspapers and reading can't reap anything. To conclude, young people don't read newspapers because they can receive news updates from other sources like the internet. Also they are not interested in the topics discussed extensively in newspapers and on news channels (you can't ignore Indian politics though😬). However, by creating content that interests new readers, newspapers can win their attention. For this we need more and more young people in the fields of content writing and journalism so that creative ways of representation can come out and people show interest in the world of newspapers. “The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.” 💕 - Henry Ward Beecher

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Enthralling charm of nature.

Dec 20, 2020 1 month ago

Between our phones, tablets, laptops, and televisions, some form of screen time is there which is happening almost 24/7. But we are unable to see that. This is the reason why it has become more imperative than ever for us to unplug and head out into the great outdoors surrounding us. Spending time outside, whether you are working in the garden or hiking at a nearby park is good for the soul. And now more than anything, it is necessary for all of us to take some time out for self-care atleast. Getting out into nature doesn't have to be a big event. Go out for a jog or a brisk walk at a scenic park around the greenery (If possible without your phone. Well, the above picture was clicked by me in a phone itself. But still the usage should be reduced. You know what I mean.)—and take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Once you immerse yourself completely in the beauty of nature, you can never be disappointed. Nature has always been the first inspiration for artists and creators around the world. This is evidenced by the vast number of works of art, poetry and music that have attracted people around the world, and which revolve around the beauty and charm of nature.🍃❤ Sylvia Plath once said, "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.' "

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Taking the rough with the smooth.

Aug 19, 2020 5 months ago

Taking the rough with the smooth- it's quite important. Being a debut author is incredible. If you write, there is nothing like seeing your book in your own hands, or even better in someone else's hands as they sit, totally engrossed in your story. My book has been on the shelves for just one day now, and it has been crazy busy, but oh so exciting. On occasion, I still have to pinch myself to believe it is real. This is my Book!🤩 Since being published, people now ask me if things have changed. In some ways, yes, they certainly have. For instance, I now have a physical book and so I finally feel validated as a writer, and in my own heart and mind I know that all the hard work was worth it. But I am only a human and in some ways, no, things have not at all changed. Old fears have simply been replaced by the new ones– like, what if people do not like this book? What if I struggle writing my another book? What if no one reads my book? What if people just underestimate me and take me as a moody teenager? etc. etc. These are just worries, and the good stuff definitely outweighs the wobbles by far, but the worries are still there, and I think it is important to say this because there are bound to be people out there creating a book, a creation, a work of art– people who are feeling this way too, like me. We are a society intent on achievement and on success, and we are completely driven by results. No one can change the fact. I am as guilty of this as anyone, but there is one major lesson that writing with the aim to get published has taught me… and that is to enjoy the journey. So, what do the first day of being a published author feel like? For me, it has been the best experience ever, because everyone– friends, family, teachers, readers– has been so supportive and so kind, it is truly humbling. Everyone is appreciating. Writing is a solitary career, so I can understand why many writers shy away from interacting, but to be honest, I love it and I can't wait for more! And yet, there will always be small worries and fears. But I think it is possible to celebrate this huge achievement, to remain oozing with happiness, confidence and energy. Fears also have a rightful place; it is all part of the roller coaster ride of being a writer or doing anything creative. And if we do not have fears, how will we challenge ourselves, to improve and to grow? I believe, we need to take the rough with the smooth; accept the fears and keep going. And above all, enjoy the journey.😇

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Adore the leaf!

Aug 16, 2020 5 months ago

"Adore the leaf- Be it the chapters in a book or that in the life..." The above picture is the second picture which I clicked from my brand new smartphone. The picture shows a fresh leaf which is in its prime youth. One day while I was strolling in my garden, all of a sudden, my attention went to this leaf. Just by looking at the plant, anyone could have felt that there was something different about this particular leaf. It was quite easy to spot. It was brighter as well as slightly smaller than the others. After I discovered this leaf, I started taking care of it and made sure that it looked the same always. I was able to keep a track of it for 6-7 days but to my utter disappointment, on the very same day of the next week I was unable to find that leaf again. I don't know where it disappeared. I felt really sad. Maybe it just went away with the wind or it is possible that due to the pressure of the rain drops the delicate leaf weighed down and drifted away from its counterparts. Whatever be the reason but I felt really bad about it... I know nothing is permanent in this world and no one of us is forever. But the effect that leaf had on me, its ethereal beauty, its freshness and its liveliness, is surely there to stay! As in John Keats famous words, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." 💚

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When adversity knocks, knock it out!

Jul 30, 2020 5 months ago

Life is a wonderful journey for those who are ready to see it unfold and are prepared to receive the surprises and shocks that might be thrown towards them. For some people, life is an uninspiring labour because what they expected and what life gifted them were two different poles. Things on which we are having control seem to be easier than those on which we don't have any control. Obviously. Such uncontrollable circumstances take the name of problems. Every problem has its own solution. It is just like how every lock is made with a key. Once a person is born on this earth, no matter how hard he/she tries, can never escape the clutches of this life until the time to leave the world comes. So basically, there is no point in sitting and moaning about things happening around us. If we have the rights to cherish the good moments of life, likewise we are also having the responsibility to battle against the sad moments of life. “Every problem has its own solution; you just need to find it.”😊 Only then will your mind open up to search for solutions. Our mind is one of those wonderful creations of God fixed in a human body that can solve all the strange mysteries of this beautiful planet. We need to use it well and believe in our efforts which shall further go on to solve the problem. There are a lot of people out there who create problems. There are a lot out there who just complain about problems. There are plenty of those who only see the problems and run away from them accepting defeat. None of these three categories of people take any action to solve anything. I simply believe that when adversity knocks.... one needs to simply knock it out. Something very unique happened this year. We were struck in a mysterious dilemma this Ramadan (the month in which Muslims from all over the world observe one month of fasting) 2020. It is always such a spiritually encapsulating experience, that for those thirty days we believe we can be better people and we do our best to become them.😌 However, this year, ever since the government-mandated lockdown was imposed all over the world and in India on account of the corona virus pandemic, people had been advised to stay indoors, and this has had quite an effect on the spiritual and social aspect of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims go out for Iftar (post-fast meal congregation), Suhoor (pre-fast meal congregation), go to the mosque for prayers, and to the markets for shopping, buying food and plenty more with our friends and families. Ramadan has indeed been a bit glum this year. It was for the first time in many years, that the streets were desolate, and it definitely dampened our spirits to a little extent. But since, every problem has its own solution so we needed to find something positive out of it, so this Ramadan the lack of distractions helped us focus wholly on improving ourselves spiritually. The grim situation in the world made us a lot more grateful for everything we have. It brought us closer to the Almighty and everyone has finally started to care for lesser fortunate people. Corona virus is a proof that the tables can turn at any point and it is very important to be kind. Ramadan this year felt way more special, we were actually doing what we are meant to. Offering more prayers than usual and remembering God more often. I also believe that people secretly liked the solitude and loneliness this Ramadan. The pandemic did have an effect on the celebrations, but it was good in a way because there has been less waste and no hectic shopping. It is true that Eid was low spirit wise. Because that is the one day when everyone lets loose, from sales, shopping, gathering, dinners, all of it. People use to meet relatives and friends and the festivities continue for a lot more days. But during the times of pandemic, with all of us stuck indoors, unable to go to the mosques for community prayers, unlike in the past, we made it a private and a closed-door affair in order to combat Covid-19. And everyone prayed for the situation to turn normal. Almost all the festivals were celebrated in a similar way, with less pomp and show and greater connection with God. Our country has a lot of festivals, and we as Indians compromised and that too, willingly for our well being. What we need to remember is that this quarantine is not going to last forever. Right now it is important for us to stay inside and do our part for our benefit as well as of the world's. We need to extract the positive aspect from this scenario. So overall, this quarantine is not less than any 'Blessing In Disguise' for all of us.😇

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