Submitted By Mahnoor
I grew up seeing my father listening to mushairas on TV, and I used to think its not for me. Granted, there are many people there without any doubt who love poems and ghazals. However, growing up I would always think jab boodhi ho jaongi to dekhungi.
Luckily I met Nida Saif who broke all those stereotypes. Nida is not only a poetess she is a pharma doctor, a wife and a mother.
She’s just 26, but her words, and her work exudes maturity beyond her years. Nida has been a speaker of TedX NUST Karachi, various of literature festival as a judge.
I started talking about how she manages and all, I came to know that this passionate soul runs a small community of slam poets with her organization called ‘Poetry Slam Karachi’
I spoke to her about her organization and the events she hosts. She had this to say about the experience:
‘When I organized my first ever poetry slam, I wasn’t even sure if even just 20 people would show up. But to my surprise, about 200-250 people came! It was a house full both the times. I realized that people here need such platforms to voice their opinions. Not just our youth, but all age groups and genders look for such chances. This was a great finding. Hence, we keep our slams as open and accessible as we can.’
Nida says her greatest supporter is her husband.
‘My husband is my support system. Without his support and companionship, I wouldn’t have been able to continue my journey with Poetry Slam Karachi. He accompanies me wherever I’m invited to judge/speak. Looks into the matters from a business point of view and assists me with my decisions. And he never interferes either, I get to have a final say. Yet I conclude that with his help.’
Zaroori nahi har kamyaab mard k peeche aurat ho,kamyaab aurat k peeche mard bhi hosakta hai
By no means does Nida have an easy daily schedule. This is what she had to say when asked about how she juggle everything so effortlessly:
‘Managing is never easy. I’m still learning to cope with my responsibilities and to work for my cause. Determination is the key here, all dreams require some sacrifice and lots of devotion. So I try to keep a balance between my role as a mother, as a student and as an influencer.’
Nida’s main aim with ‘Poetry Slam’ is to give people a platform to share their work and instill the poetry culture in Pakistan.
‘Lastly, biggest purpose of Poetry Slam Karachi is to make such events a norm in all the areas of Karachi, and not just in some particular areas. And to keep it very affordable as well so that everyone can participate without having to think over it.’
So everyone, please check “Poetry Slam Karachi” as the event is coming up very soon.