An Interview I conducted for Youth Times, a website I work with, that’s definitely going to inspire you to pursue your dream. All it takes is a leap of faith, we all have that innate spirit and potential that needs to be unleashed. Know more about Samiha Zubair here:
It’s a great honor for Youth Times to interview an emerging Pakistani writer, more particularly a poet. A lot of people would love to hear about your story as a poet and as an author of a book.
Q1. Tell us about yourself first?
My name is Samiha Zubair. I was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In my early years, I shifted with my family to Pakistan where I completed my education and graduated as a Medical Doctor. For two years, I taught students of O-levels. In writing, I found my second love which I have been pursuing somewhat regularly for few years now. My first write-up achievement was an opinionated article about how to keep the city clean which got published in Dawn Young World during my secondary school years.
Q2. It may sound a bit personal but what made you become a poet, some bad experiences with people or the society?
My loneliness hasn’t made me a poet rather it’s about hardships of life. Who hasn’t faced hard days but this is for sure that such moments have only strengthened me. Our situations and surroundings change us and we reciprocate them by evolving and being better than our prior selves. It just depends on how we harness them.
Q3. How would you define a “writer” and a “poet”?
A writer is the one who can express thoughts whichever genre selected while poet has only one form of genre to write on. If I say, that I know a lot about poets it will be wrong. There are many changes in how the poets can express themselves like haiku, prose etc. Poets are experimenting with new styles and are setting standards to freely express themselves.
Q4. Which poets and writers are your favorite and why?
Well you will be surprised to know that as regards poetry, I only read various poetry posted in on-net groups otherwise you will not find any poetry book embracing my book shelf. Amongst my favorite writers are Jeffery Archer, Paulo Coelho and even Stephen King for how they describe their characters and web stories around is worth applauding. Especially Paulo Coelho is my favourite one.
Q5. How did it all begin? Did you work as a published writer before publishing your book “Reneging Quiescence?” What made you realize your hidden potential other than your profession as a doctor?
It’s a difficult question as my writings were inked down by me depending on my mood and they were just few subtle feeling but I never imagined that they could ever take the form of a book. I wrote my first poem about 6-7 years before and then continued to write them till 2014, I really got into it and began jotting down my feelings on paper. I felt like an aphrodisiac then.
Q6. If you have to describe “Reneging Quiescence” in a single line, how would you describe it?
“Refusing to be silent for wrong things is a real solution to many problems” Is what defines the book.
Q7. What was your motivation for composition of your book? How much support did you get from people?
It was a regurgitation of my surroundings and how they shaped me. If the past is past we can still make for a better future and vicious cycle can be broken. I got support from my mother and a few colleagues who believed that i could achieve something.
Q8. What message would you like to give to all those yet unpublished writers out there? How can they climb up the ladder and overcome their fears to come on the front?
To all writers who want to make a change I would say that believe in the fact that ‘Word is mightier than sword’. Its true and we should realize its strength. It’s hard work, prioritization and the biggest shield against your fears I repeat is hope that can help you ace in your writing profession. Never loose hope.
Q9. Do you think reading culture is dying gradually in our society?
Yes, it is. Especially in the fast paced present society where one can be abreast with global transitions just by a click, reading even on net seems like a slow paced hobby.
Q10. What has been the best part of your life? Was it in becoming a doctor or a poet?
I learnt from both professions and both inspired and changed me. This phrase will seem quite mundane, but its true neverthless, that since young age I was inspired by my mother who is a doctor herself. Poetry also changed my perception so both of the aspects run parallel and are equally dear to me though poetry became my companion only recently.
‘Doctor is to life as poetry is to living ‘
Q11. Are you enjoying the recognition that you are getting after publishing your work
Yes, it makes you feel good though, its still in infancy stage. More is the satisfaction that I was able to express something which can light others path.
Q12. What’s your favorite poem or stanza from the book “Reneging Quiescence?”
Whole book is my baby as its my creation but my favourite poem is ‘FLIGHT’ and the words:
As how you soar is just one law of perception
For if denied landing even flight becomes an inescapable prison
Q13. Are you looking forward to publishing another book and continuing your career as a poet?
It’s still too early to say anything. You can say that poetry adopted me so let’s see how I am nourished by it.