The First Meeting
- 11 Posts
- Age 25
‘I am soil, water, wind and spirit – a peculiar silhouette of this combination, unfolding my own myth, I am no different than Mr. President, only bearing a distinct face for good'.
The lines are repeated. Unsatisfied in echoing my old stale self, this is when I chose to decorate my conscience in silence. Weighing my presence in the meters of being a Pakistani, a to be-dentist, a social media lover, a philosopher, a bibliophile and an uneasy soul who just can’t keep her business off when it’s about youth rights and corruption.
So I sipped in the traditional Tea (Doodh pati), that
unfreezes my mind. Felt the crisp morning and walked along myself
in memories of how the past years have brilliantly pricked me. I
am Farwa Manekia, a proud Pakistani, a 3rd year medical student,
an elder sister and a daughter. My tombstone identities. A family
oriented picture has been painted. Alas.
Ever since I was selected as Kennedy Lugar – Youth Exchange and
Study Program scholar back in 2009 - owing to which I spent 10
months in the beautiful State of Michigan, USA, living with an
American family, studying in an American high school, exchanging
cultures - I realized how kaleidoscopic blending cultures can be.
Fabricating a peaceful, hardworking, creative and rightful image
of Pakistan, I successfully erased plenty of misconceptions
harbored. My land has been posed to threats of terrorism,
corruption and obsolete traditions for long, but we preach the
same golden principles of peace, harmony and serenity to our
generations. We’ve been fighting an identity correction battle.
But we haven’t forgotten to love. You’ll adore how we open doors
and offer you 3 cups of tea to make you family, how we take pride
in sharing tales absorbed in the lush valleys up north, our
Malala’s fight for education, how we counter obsolete traditions,
how our martyrs proudly lift up the green flag, our food, our
vibrancy, our literature, our culture!
My story is all about letting people know that they have rights
they should guard and stand up for, that breaking and divorcing
silence is a need. That it’s not okay for radicals to snatch our
land and spread terror and most importantly, that change begins
when you decide not to accept any discrimination. That’s how I
want to shine here during my voyage through the Voices of Youth