Definition Of Beauty

Today, it is my parents 20th wedding anniversary. And I am so proud to be there daughter. If someone asks me to define beauty, I would simply say that it is my parents. Two people who work from day to night to make sure that I could achieve everything I want. If I have something good in me, it is because of them. They are my mirror and I want to be their reflection. 

They are the kind of people who if go from a gathering, the whole gathering will talk about them for days and in good words. In a 5 minute meeting, people ask for their phone numbers. And do not even ask about their social circles. I do not have that and I probably never will.

Somehow over the years they made it work. Whenever I see around myself, I see people getting divorced and fighting all the time, not talking to each other for days. That is the time when I thank Allah for giving me such a NORMAL family. Believe me, it is very rare these days. And somehow my belief becomes a little strong. Because they have sacrificed so much for each other and than for us.

Don’t get me wrong, they disagree like a pretty normal couple and argue over it and then we are asked us to take sides. That sight is one to watch. But when they agree on something then believe me they are like a wall in which you cannot put a dent. So our best strategy is not to let both of them agree on the same thing. Works every time for us. Not really. (Guilty grins).

Recently, I asked my dad to tell something to my mom about me and he said, sorry you want the bull to be charged at me. That ain’t happening girl. Go tell her yourself and have the bull after you.

Once I remember, a family friend of ours said that it would be so cool if we could choose our parents ourselves and my mom said, you will get the chance in paradise. Truth is I will still choose the parents I have today. Who fret over every single little thing like drinking milk.

We were on Umra in Makkah and my dad couldn’t go. I was using my Qatar’s international sim but I couldn’t recharge it from KSA. SO I asked my dad to send me credit from Qatar. The whole day passed and I didn’t get the credit and I was like, OMG, Sumaica, he forgot. He actually forgot to send you credit. But when I checked my balance was QR 100. At that moment I realised that the world can move from one place to another but Asad Latif Piracha will never forget anything that his daughter asks him to do.

I wish them all the best for their life together ahead. May they live for a thousand years. May all the happiness of the world be theirs. May they bicker and argue like kids at times but support each other at all times. May they live to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and I get to be there to make fun of them and remember all the good old golden days. May they always be the best parents that they always have been.


P.S. Dedicated to my not only beautiful but out of this world parents, Mr and Mrs Asad Latif Piracha.


Teenage Is Like A Bud

When I became a teenager, it seemed like a fantasy with so much excitement and beauty in it. But in these five years of my teenage I have realised that when people said that teenage is the most difficult phase of your life, they were right. Somehow all that I went through from the smallest things to the biggest made me realise that teenage is not the fantasy that we all think it is. You see, sometimes the silver lining of even this cloud dims a little bit.

You make decisions that will effect the rest of your life. And you do not want to end up regretting it. But teenage is a very young age to determine the rest of your life. As adults you know what you have to do even if you do not want to do it. You know the difference between wrong and right. How can you expect a 16 year old day dreamer to choose what kind of profession does he or she wants to pay their bills and taxes in future? You go through everything that adults do. But difference is while they are 36, you are just 16.

Picture taken by Sumaica Asad Piracha

Teenage from a perspective is the most cruel age of your life. When you are an adult, somehow you are strong enough to stand up for yourself. But not as a teenager. You are bullied, made fun of, and expected to do well in all walks of life. No screw ups. Sail your ship in the right direction. 

Nobody cares about the fact that you are still like a bud. It takes time for a bud to blossom. It needs work and attention. And when it blossoms. Its hidden and true beauty is there, right in front of you. There is a big difference between a bud and a flower. A bud is very delicate, pretty but not with its full glory. Moreover, a bud is dependent. Whereas a flower is strong, beautiful and independent. You need to water and take care of the bud in order to get the beauty of flower. You need to protect the bud from all kinds of storms. Just like that, teenagers need someone to water them with the knowledge and guidance of solving not only everyday matters but also life making issues. 

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship”. -Helen Keller

Storms, rains, come our way. People, young and old try their best to pluck and destroy us, so we may never be as beautiful as a flower. But we need to understand that we are NOT helpless like a bud. We have the power to make them stop. We are the power. We may be young and not fully blossomed. But we are not weak. We are strong. We are what the world needs right now. We are the change in the world. We are the revolution. We the buds need to be strong so that we can fully blossom and be a beautiful and independent flower and make this world a garden worth praising.

P.S. For all those teenagers who think that they do not matter. They matter. They just need to see it.


Creating The Future We Want

“Future” is a very significant word. Whenever we think about our future a colourful picture is visualised in our mind which is full of hope, peace, respect and love. But do we know how to paint this picture and make this a reality ? Nowadays all we see is death of human kind due to war and famine, cheating and betraying the people close to us. People have lost their humanity, grown cold and are slaughtering each other only to protect their egos. Is that the kind of future we are looking forward to ?

“People are created to be loved and things are created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.”

In my opinion, the only key to create the future we want is “US”. We are the new generation which is a thousand times more efficient and better than the old one. As it is well said, “UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT IS THE NEXT GENERATION OF BEAUTIFUL”. We have to believe in ourselves and think that we have what it takes to bring revolution in this world. We should always take a stand against what we know is wrong.

 “Courage is to stand when nobody else will stand with you”.

But if we want to bring change in this world for a better future than we should first change ourselves. As it is well said by Mahatma Gandhi,

Be the change you want to see in the world”.

The best changes often start by a single simple thought. Thing big and discover the ways to change your future. Are you honest with your teachers ? Do you never cheat in tests ? Do you stand up against the class bullies ? All these little things play a huge part in changing your future because if you are not an honest, confident and standing up for what you believe in kind of person, then how can you expect to bring revolution to this world ? How are other people going to trust you and work with you ? If we all first try to look inside ourselves and change our mistakes and flaws and stop holding grudges against other people then the world would automatically become a paradise on earth and we will easily get the kind of future we want.

“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”. -Aristotle

As it is well said by Julie A.Carney in her poem, “Little Things”, that

Little deeds of kindness,                                                                                                                  Little words of love,                                                                                                                             Make our earth an Eden,                                                                                                                      Like the heaven above”.

Today our life is surrounded by amazing high tech technologies, all to make our life easier. In the means of making our life easier we have made it lazier and dependent. We have forgotten the pleasure of doing our work ourselves. We just keep seeking comfort zones and letting other people do our work. To have a successful future, we must enjoy the work  we do not think of it as a burden but as a responsibility and take it very seriously. We should use technology in a good way like to socialize with people and send informative messages to others. Technology is a strong means to revolution. But we should use it a healthy way and not get addicted to it. Nowadays we lack something very important and that is unity. Because without unity it is impossible to achieve the kind of future we want. We have to always remember that the person sitting right next to you is no less capable in doing his work then you are. We should never bully others and criticize them or make fun of them. Because making someone feel like a failure will never make you a successful person. As it is said,

“Bullying others makes you neither tough nor impressive. It makes you stupid and rude”.

In every aspect of life our behaviour towards other people plays a big role in our future. As it is well said,

“Behaviour is the mirror through which the internal beauty is reflected”. 

All the things that we do every hour, minute and second of our day are the things which impact our future. Everyday is a step towards our future and if we take the right steps eventually we will have the kind of future we want. SO everyday, we should take a moment to think that today, have I taken the right steps ? An have I done something worthy enough to change the future ?

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning. But anyone can start today and make a whole new ending”.

Dean Acheson said,

Always remember that the future comes one day at a time”.

P.S. This is the essay my friend wrote and this is her first attempt at writing. Written by Aisha Malik.