I am Hina Tabassum.
Since I was baby, words held a special place in my life. They attracted me to them like nothing else. I could still remember all my relatives reading me stories and teaching me to read.
I still think of those days when I won’t eat unless someone read a story to me. One thing that astonishes me, though, is I don’t recall ever hearing Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or Rapunzel from anyone. The one that is the most vivid in my mind is Hansel and Gratel. That was my favourite and I have heard it so many times, I could have read it to someone in my sleep even when I was a kid!
Gradually, I progressed and not only started reading for myself, but also started experimenting with all the words I was learning everyday. Those words and all those swirls in my mind that were taking shape, for me it was like my very own canvas being painted on (by the way I paint as well).
These were the days when I was in grade three and for me Enid Blyton, R. L. Stine along with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys reigned supreme. I had a mind to become a detective myself (I still want to).
Me becoming a Potterhead is another story altogether because I had no idea that there was this author who has written this amazing book that’s just going to burst open the universe of imagination for me. It was back in grade 5 when my English teacher decided that she would buy us all books that will be suitable for the cadre we have reached in the language. Of course we had to pay but that is besides the point. Luckily, I got Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and fell in love with it! Since then there has been no looking back.
While I’m talking about Harry Potter, let me also mention that I started a fan fiction on my blog. I had wanted to write about my favourite characters but I couldn’t bring myself to change the story line the queen had come up with. Therefore, my fan fiction started where Rowling ended the story back then.
I still remember that I was the only one in school to be allowed to borrow two books when everyone else was allowed only one. That accorded me celebrity status.
Now, all this time, I was experimenting with words as well. I participated in short story competitions and had a ball working around scenarios in my mind. At any given point in time, all of my notebooks would have some little scene scribbled on it. Usually it was the backside of my schoolbooks and the entirety of my personal notebooks.
Pride and Prejudice introduced me to the Romance genre in grade 6. That book has never ever faced being removed from my all time favourites.
I always believed that the only thing I can write is prose but since the last couple of years poetry has come to me, too. I write poetry when I’m feeling very emotional; be that any emotion.
Time passed and I grew up. Took up more hobbies, had more responsibilities but words remained an integral part of my life. I continued reading and I continued writing. And I started a blog which at times goes very inactive but then there are times I can’t help but post because it gives me immense pleasure to know that people out there are reading what I have put together.
Ohhh yay, another person who doesn’t like the colour pink! Hallelujah! *Internet high five* Don’t you just hate the female stereotype that you are supposed to automatically love pink?
You have understood me there so completely. I just don’t seem to understand why people have to raise their eyebrows when a female says that she does not want to do anything with the colour pink!
i will surely read it!! hina rate my book on goodreads!
Well, the professor doesn’t like pink either! Are you Punchyish?
Punchyish? I am sorry but that’s the first I am hearing of it.
wonderful Hina. Write and read to your heart’s content! Happy reading And writing 🙂
Thank you Zeenat 🙂
Hina. Just we should connect here more often 🙂
I am thinking of opening up a guest blog page. I need to research it in detail. In case, it’s a go-ahead on my end, you must guest blog on my page! Yes?
That would be awesome. Since a few weeks I have been thinking of starting a new blog that concentrates on reviewing unlike this one where the focus is on my writing. Managing one becomes difficult, therefore the idea is on hold.
Sounds good to me.
I called my self a wordsmith….wah. That’s pretty humbled attitude which should last till last stroke of brush and pen, I wish 😊.
Being a wordsmith is much better than any other smith/s, as it dose not only make u a better person rather impacts the surrounding as well, honesty and hardwork are the only conditions. As Mir said,
نقش ہیں سب ناتمام خون جگر کے بغیر
عشق ھے سودائے خام خون جگر کے بغیر
Thank you but I completely believe that all other smiths are equally important 🙂
I dont leave comments but you brought back a memory.
I was allowed to have two books issued too. Among my best days was seeing my name on a small colorful card in library, saying ‘reader of the month’. And i really like the idea of ‘wordsmith’ 😀
On to reading your work.
Hi5. I lived getting a certificate that proclaimed me a certified reader.
Looking forward to hearing what you think about my writing. 😀
I love it…specially the way you have defined your work “wordsmith”.
Thank you Muntaha : )
I could resonate Hina. Looking forward to reading your work 🙂 best
Thank you Aniqa. And apologies for this late a reply.
I like your story. Can relate to it very much. Started with reading Enid Blyton and thise illustrated encyclopaedias. To me, the story rather than words appeal the most and your Kitab Kahani is appealing.
Wordsmith, totally loved this piece, simple, honest and fresh just the way I know you!
That is awesome to hear.
What found memories of school… where even i was allowed to borroe books while my classmates werent 🙂
That is an amazing feeling to be honest. However selfish it may be. 😉
I love your love for writing. In the days to come, I will have your books on my bookshelf.
All the best with all your endeavors!
You write beautifully. MashaAllah. Keep it up ❤❤❤
Thank you Zainab
Words can endeavor magic to the heart, being a wordsmith keep creating magic. love to read further more from you. keeping writing and create more paintings.
I have more or less the same journey as you. Still proud of being the favorite student of the librarian
Good to read u dear.. U can refine your writing skill with practice, though u have good gripped on things..
Wow that’s soo sweet… Reading habit always help and is best… I never knew I would love reading stuffs but then I made a habit of reading slowly and still my reading is slow beside other people who use to finish there’s in few hours…
What matters is that you are reading and finding enjoyment in the activity. 🙂
Top post !
Such a crisp and we’ll put string of words. Wordsmith literally suits you. Best of luck buddy.
Thank you so much. 😀
You sound like me (before my readers block). I, too had special library privileges back in school days.
Lucky us 😀
Glad to connect with a kindred soul.