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Assalamo Alaikum, Ola & HoลŸgeldiniz ! 

Aren't proper introductions always so properly boring?

It's my 5th attempt at "about me" from the scratch. I truly find it quite hard to describe my being in front of an audience bit by bit. So, to make it interesting, let's do an interview of "me". Oui?

What's your name, Milady, and what are you doing here?

I'm Pervisha Khan , born as Pervisha Khan Ruhul Rubab to a very wonderful family in Lahore, Pakistan. And I'm the boss over here, you see. The author and the lady of the blog.

Did you go to school, or college?

Oh Yes! Alhamdulillah. Not only to a school, but I also went to a very prestigious University and recently (in March 2014) acquired my shinny Mphil degree in Mass communication, Research.

What do you do for a living?

I live. Simple.

Right! So, who's khanum? Another author on the blog?

No, no. She's my alter ego. My pen name for blogging. And also my nick name among friends.

We see that you have your own website. When did you decide that this world needed you as a blogger and why? 

A very good question. But this domain was only registered recently in 2014. I started blogging at wordpress as khanumsays from Pakistan in Feb, 2011, right after I graduated. The reason was the bug in my brain and the dream in my eyes. Ever since I was a kid, I had these 3 crazy ideas.

1- To work in NASA.

2- Become a famous Inspiring Author

3- And Marry only and only a British boy.

Idea # 1 terrified my family. Idea # 3 gradually became very boring and Alhamdulillah I am over it. But this idea # 2 never left me. It still lurks in the background.

So the very loud voices in my head and thoughts on my mind that wanted to be heard, Writing them on paper and having my friends read them just never made me feel happy enough. You can say that I was a struggling writer.Therefore, one day , after watching Harriet the spy :blog wars, I decided to blog on my life.

It was not an easy decision to make. I wasn't sure if I would ever get anyone to read my stories but Alhamdulillah! I made it. And that success is the reason behind shifting to my own domain khanumsays.com in May, 2014. It was like a dream come true for me.

Oh! Amazing. But What do you blog about? we see no tag line.

That's where you have to be witty. I blog about everything that is exciting for me. Everything that I come across, any thoughts that get stuck in my mind or any adventure that I become involved in. It's on the blog.

To make it easy for you, the major categories are:

1. Photography (I do that alot - a part time photographer)

2. Writings (Both fiction and non fiction)

3. Travelling adventures (Whether its Khanum's visit to Sunday Bazaar or to The Republic of Turkey)

4. Reviews about places that I visit (Mainly Restaurants or cafes)

5. Food/Cooking (I love eating but making it is what I do only for the sake of blogging)

 

So, how are you doing as a writer?

Well, Alhamdulillah, its going quite good for me. In my early writing days, I was able to bag $140 as a prize money for my contributing piece in Fountain Magazine. This gave me more confidence to go ahead. So I also contribute my thoughts to Productive Muslim and Habibi Halaqas, where I'm also volunteering as an editor. So I believe It's going good. Not bad. Alhamdulillah

Wooa!! Eureka! It's so nice to know more about you and your story. You seem like a normal person. But mind if we ask you, what does "Khanumsays" mean? We feel you made a grammar mistake, perhaps forgot to give a space between khanum-says or something?

I'm glad you asked it. Because just like my name, "Pervisha", people sometimes can't get the meaning behind my unique blog name "khanumsays" either. Nonetheless, they continue to love it.

Khanumsays is not a real word, but 2 words joined together by me. When I created khanumsays at wordpress.com, I treated it as "Khanum says" with space in between and without even thinking much about its future. (The inspiration was from Dragon Tales cartoon that I used to watch alot and in one episode, it had a game "Simon says" so I randomly picked it up) But gradually, over the time, my followers started loving it as one new word, with no spaces. Keeping this in view, I called for voting over facebook and my friend Nadia advised me to go with Khanumsays without any spaces, because, in her words,  this name sounds just so unique and foreign. And I agree. Savvy?

I'm very glad we had this conversation. If there is anything decent that I missed, you can ask me.

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  • Hey Khanum!

    I’ve passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to you!

    Come accept your award here ๐Ÿ™‚
    https://tienunscripted.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/i-am-an-award-winning-blogger/

    Tien

    • Thank You Tien! I am so surprised and jumping over this trophy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in your interesting blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josรจ Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendรญa).

    I invite you to visit my “italianglish” writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/.

    I define this blog โ€œIn parole Sempliciโ€ as a โ€œvirtuacultural tinโ€ box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple storiesโ€.

    I dream an intercultural blog. Already involves more than 50 authors/friends and more than 10 are foreigners.

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon

  • i absolutely LOVE your blog!!! great style, theme and simplicity. I also adore you for your about page.

    • Thank you very much Stranger! ๐Ÿ™‚ elhamdulillah.
      I don’t even know your name or your blog but many thanks for stopping by.

  • Nice blog and love your introduction… you write amazingly well… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank YOU Aneesaaaa ๐Ÿ™‚

  • s.qasim

    you really write well. and really cool colours in your blog. i was wondering though what is the meaning of your pretty name. i like it for my daughter. searched all over the internet, no clue what it means

  • comment to ur last post ” ankhien pagal thien ke bhar aien ”
    i really loved it, it was a classic !
    while i was reading it , my fav song of mehandi hassan came to mind
    which was like
    ” muhabat karne wale , kam na hun gey
    teri mehafil ma laken, haaam na hun gey ”
    suggestion : i think u post that song with ya post , it will put some 2D effects in it ” will be perfect.
    sorry to know that u wont blog any more ๐Ÿ™
    i wish if this not happens.
    will b prarying 2 c u back to blogging.
    peace

  • Praying u return to blogging soon. Wishing all is well with u. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • great blog. hints in every post.

    • Nice of ya to say that. : )

  • Nice blog Khanum…! loved your recipies

    • Thank You : ) welcome to my blog : )

  • hi ……… such a amazing blog…….. very nice + creative…………

    • So good to see you here Amna, Thank you passing such a lovely comment. God Bless you

  • Khanum! I have nominated your blog for the Reader Appreciation Award at https://doctoricious.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/readers-appreciation-award-2012/

  • http://demonsking19.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/674/
    u r nominated for a award ๐Ÿ˜›

    • I know. I already thanked. : )

      • nah u just read it ๐Ÿ˜› may b i posted it while u were reading it

        • might be. But I have thanked u there before I read this comment of urs.
          : )

  • Great blog:))

  • well I’ll try my best:))

  • This is too good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Good one.

  • You are amazing ! Love your blog and writing . I am a fan and a follower ๐Ÿ™‚

    • thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ may Allah bless you for your kind words.

  • wada
    • May Allah reward you for reading and commenting here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ameen.

  • To be honest i didnt like “I create ” in your Home page add box that u added. please Remove “i create” its Allah almighty he who creates and reason you are creative is his Blessing .

    • I understand your concern, but you got it wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚ I never said I am the Creator. I merely said I create as in , i produce good innovative work. I even said Alhamdulillah which means I am giving the credit to Allah Almighty and not myself for the creativity I possess. Hope that clears your confusion.

      • Confusion ? i just didnt like “I create” thats it

        • you didn’t like it because you got it wrong n confusion hui. That’s what I cleared ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
    Your introduction is (Y) ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Aw, so lovely to see you here. <3 You're one precious reader. I thought u haven't visited and then I found your comment in the spam box. Too bad, My Akismet plugin doesn't work here.

  • Roshaan

    I find myself as the odd one out here i guess because reading isn’t my thing, but that doesnt go without mentioning that I read the whole ‘about me’. Made me giggle at a few places ๐Ÿ™‚ Pleasing to know all this! your story is one with hope! I like that!

    Pervisha aka Khanumsays —im adding your domain in my favourites list! Here comes another regular visitor! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for your visit, Roshan. Each visitor matters to every blog. Please don’t forget to subscribe for post updates.
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