With some amazing start ups like Daastan, many young writers are being encouraged to start writing and publishing their books. Book publishing has been an age old honor and so, it is heartening to see the efforts made by Daastan. Following suit, Maham Syedain is one such aspiring writer from Pakistan.
Maham has recently published her book “Words from the Clandestine Self”. TPW is on a mission to highlight young talent from Pakistan, and so, we met up with Maham and asked her about her story. If you wish to take a look at Maham’s book, check out the links given at the end of this article.
Here is what she had to say:
I am a 23-year old Clinical Psychology Major from University of Karachi, who has a fondness for relating Human Behavior with writing, in a way that impacts the people around us as well as the wider world. I am an ambivert. I don’t avoid social interactions neither do I want too much poking into my personal life. I love to socialize with like-minded people and possess a welcoming nature. When I am free from studies, I read avidly and write of course.
The genre I write on is not confined to one but it wouldn’t be wrong to say, I mostly write something that is a blend of love, sorrow, thrill, adventure and fantasy.
Besides having a passion for writing fiction, stories, reviews and tales, I have been writing poetry that has been something I have focused on the most. I have had this habit of converting experiences into literary pieces. Be it something I have found cheerful, or something that has affected me negatively, I always write it down either in the form of poetry or flash fiction.
The passion flared up when my pieces started receiving recognition and appreciation, not just from family but from friends, classmates and acquaintances. It was beyond encouraging. My first poem ever got published in Dawn Young World back in 2005 with the title ‘A horrible dream.’ For a sixth-grader, it was like discovering a treasure chest and conquering the world.
I started to fill personal diaries since as long as I can remember, which my mamu used to gift me. As soon as one fills up, he brought me a new one. So, he was another factor behind the motivation to keep writing.
I was awed and tickled pink, when my story won the second prize in The News-Us magazine for Youth Story Competition from all over Pakistan, on 8th of December 2017. It was an achievement, to be able to make it to the silver prize amongst such outstanding writers since talent is not rare in Pakistan. There is ample amount of literature that is yet to be unveiled and given a platform to showcase.
In addition, I was chosen at Daastan Pvt Ltd as an English Editor for their Fellowship program where, before graduating, I penned down and completed my manuscript that was in pending before. The book got published on 22nd of April 2018 with the name, ‘Words from the Clandestine Self.’ I would appreciate reviews and feedback on the book from brutally honest readers and reviewers.
My only aim is to promote and acknowledge literature in a chaotic world. There is too much pain, too much going on in the world right now. Just like fantasizing helps one escape the aversive present, writing is a key to a world that is evil-free. Writing can impact minds and so behavior. Readers are leaders but writers are revolutionists.
If you wish to read or order Maham’s book, see here: Words From The Clandestine