Friday, 28 September 2007

Farewell Nausheen

Summer 2002: I met Nausheen in Bahria University during the admission interview session there. We had a pleasing conversation, gave our respective interviews and parted ways. I opted for NUCES-FAST while Nausheen joined Bahria University.
4 years later
Summer 2006: One fine morning I was walking towards the kitchen at my work place (Elixir) when I spotted two new employees who were gossiping and giggling away. I moved towards them to greet them. One of them was Sundus, the other was Nausheen; Both did a good job in confusing me with their names, (see old post) and then moments later Nausheen pleasantly reminded me that we had an encounter years ago. =).
Luckily, this time, I got to know her more.
More then a year ahead
Sept 2007: It’s time to part ways, but hopefully to meet again. InshahAllah. I wish her all the success and happiness in this world and more importantly in the hereafter. Nausheen, it was lovely knowing you. All the best in your future endeavours.Keep in touch. God bless you.

Elixirites, here is a little treat for you.

Chit Chat with Nausheen

Syra: What did you like about Pakistan?
Nausheen: I moved to Pakistan around five years ago, and now as I head back to my former home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I contemplate about all the things I love about Pakistan and will sorely miss:
· The opportunity to work professionally
· To be able to actually drive a car
· Enjoying the presence of abundant family members and relatives
· The lush green environment
· The cloudy weather and rainy days (perks me up a hundredfold)

Syra: What did you not like about Pakistan?
Nauhseen: Pakistan is a great country, but not without some major flaws. And I’m being positively critical when I say that the flaws lie mainly in the people of Pakistan. There’s a lot of fraud and deception here, and that makes it very hard to trust people. Based on my personal interaction with the people (and I’m being very general here), I found many Pakistanis to be proud, lazy, unfriendly, unpunctual, and are scared of hard work. But if Pakistani people can recognise and accept their flaws, I’m sure we can improve so much more as a country.

Syra: Do you feel there is a lack of religious awareness in Pakistan as compared to Saudi Arabia?
Nausheen: Yes, definitely (though I find Elixir to be an exception). I’ve noticed that Islam is not properly taught to young children by school or by their parents. And as adults they venture of either towards total extremism or modernism. It is the least we could so as Muslims to read, understand and apply the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah in our daily lives.

Syra: Describe your stay at Elixir?
Nausheen: My stay at Elixir has been exceptionally enjoyable and fruitful. And I’m very grateful to Elixir for giving me my first opportunity to work in the professional field. My job has always been challenging and interesting at the same time. I must say that working as a Technical Writer has generally helped me to express myself in better and clearer ways. I love the environment at Elixir. I have learned a lot through work experience which I know will facilitate me greatly in my practical life.

Syra: Most memorable moment at Elixir?
Nausheen: When I was given a raise; it was quite unexpected but very gratifying.

Syra: What will you miss the most about Pakistan and about Elixir?
What I’ll miss about Pakistan:
· Economically priced DVDs
· Economically priced fast internet.
· A wider collection of books esp. at Saeed Book Bank
· All my cousins, esp. the younger ones who have labelled me the best storyteller of all times.
· All my friends from Bahria University.

What I’ll miss about Elixir:
· The particularly friendly and comfortable work environment
· The outings to Kim Mun, CafĂ© Grind, Hotspot and QAU.
· The birthday parties.
· The common room discussions (there is no topic left untouched….)
· The secret hair styling parlour and photo sessions in the common room.
· All the wonderful friends I made at Elixir

Syra: First word that comes to your mind when I say the name: // Nausheen's reply ahead of name
Asma: Email-Forwarder (or Lizard-lover?)
Isbah: Orkut/Facebook
Memoona: Witty
Saira Andleeb: Chic
Saira (me): Warm & Friendly
Sundas: LUMS
Tayyaba: High-spirited (Not Jamia Hafa)

Syra: What are your future plans?
Nausheen: No definite plans as yet. I would love to study further (maybe MBA or MS) and then work again. However, I do currently plan on studying the Quran and further trying to comprehend Islam.

Syra: Recommend me a book to read.
Nausheen: Can I recommend three?
· The Giver by Lois Lowry – Extremely thought provoking
· A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini - Extremely touching
· Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – A wonderful read with an unconventional but powerful female protagonist.

Syra: Recommend me a movie to watch.
Nausheen:Signs – starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.

Syra: What's your favourite hangout place in isb?
Nausheen: Probably, Pizza Hut. I’ve had such good times there with friends and family. (And it’s so close to Saeed Book Bank).

Syra: If you were to write a book, what topic\story would you chose?
Nausheen: I would absolutely love to write a book in the near future, and I hope to God I find the opportunity to do so. I love the fantasy genre because you are allowed to break all rules of empirical, testable (even magical) protocols and stretch imagination as far as you want. Other than that, I would also be thrilled if I wrote a book on Islam especially on women’s rights/equality and what the Pakistan society needs to do in order to eliminate some detrimental cultures (esp. against females) which are thought to be Islamic.

Syra: Which one of the Harry Potter books did you enjoy the most?
Nausheen: Definitely, Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite. I absolutely loved the way JK Rowling builds Sirius Black as an evil character in the book (we learn to hate Black alongside Harry) and then suddenly everything turns around when we learn that Sirius Black is not only innocent, but he is Harry's Godfather and was not evil as we were led to speculate. And the time-turner scene with Harry, Hermione and the Patronus spell was nothing but purely ingenious.

Syra: Your favourite quote:
Nausheen: "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books.

Syra: Any message for my blog readers?
Nausheen: Please excuse my spelling and grammar mistakes within this interview. (I was typing really fast.)
Thank you all (elixirites), for the fun times we’ve had during my stay at Elixir. I wish everyone the best in life (and in the hereafter). If you plan on visiting Jeddah, then please don’t hesitate on giving me a call or something. My personal email address is
Goodbye and God bless.


@sM@ said...

Oh sweet ... She'll definitely be missed. I'm already missing the chirping of Dundoo and Naush :-)

Wishing her all the best in life, eventual future (;-D)and the future she'll be going to craft in days to come ... (now don't take your wild imaginations to new heights plz B-))!

Lots of love and Prayers :-)

Nausheen said...

Thank you, Saira!

In the midst of all the depression of leaving Elixir and Pakistan, this has definitely made my day.

Please keep in touch... Really!

Thanks again!!!!

Saira said...

ill always remember nosheen as the girl whos mom and i looked alike! ... :P :)

i can never forget that day when tayyaba asked me to come to her desk to show me some pic, the moment i saw the pic the first thought that came to my mind was "how did she get her hands on this pic of mine ... but wait when was this pic taken ..."
tayyaba interrupted me in the midst of it :P :P and said "NO, this is not you, this is nausheens mom"
and after that almost everyone who saw it said the same :) ...

Good luck nausheen and keep in touch !!! :)

hadi said...

Wish u all the best nausheen for ur life ahead......

Remember us all in ur prayers.....

Keep smiling :)

teeB@ said...

Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you,
Until we meet again!

Hey Naush,
Tht was so sweet of u, atleast there is one person who calls me Anti-Jamia Hafsa :D

Nausheen has been one of those ppl who i admired bcuz theyve always been positive and true. Her expressions have always made me smile while she is being picturized.

Hope so we meet again on a cherishing moment!!!

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
Take Care
Have Loads of Fun
n Always remember Us in ur Prayers,

P.S Pray facebook never ends :P

Ethereal said...

"... proud, lazy, unfriendly, unpunctual, and are scared of hard work."

Exactly! that's me, reading Saira's blog instead of working on that Software-Defined-Radio Project.
*looks at the watch*
Arrghh... still one hour and twenty-four minutes to go.

Ethereal said...

I read a little part of Jane Eyre (A chapter in English textbook) in 6th class. The one in which Helen Burns was punished without any reasons. I used to get extremely incensed at those cruel punishments she suffered. Helen Burns became my role-model. Calm and graceful. Always on top of everything yet respectful of everyone else. Bearing all those punishments with patience without emotion or a single word of dissent. It was sad to know that she died :(. Always wanted to read the full book but never got a chance :/

Syra said...

What's the Software-Defined-Radio Project about? sounds interesting

We Pakistani's are good at multi tasking =)

Ethereal said...

A software-defined radio (SDR) system is a radio communication system which can tune to any frequency band and receive any modulation across a large frequency spectrum by means of programmable hardware which is controlled by software.[1]

In simple words the hardware is implemented as software so as to allow maximum flexibility/customization/reprogrammability.

Note that Radio = Any communication device such as mobile phone, HD-TV or FM radio. E.g., a certain SDR would be capable of receiving above three transmissions and dynamically switch between them where all the processing is carried out by the software.

This should be exciting for software developers like you :)


Syra said...

cool, very interesting. falls into the domain of embedded systems.Should be fun to work on.

Irfan said...

well..i happened to land on this blog by mistake but totally njoyed it...and naush's interview in particular...