Shaniera Akram is a household name in Pakistan. Synonymous with ‘Bhabi’, known for her ability to take on a cause, cleaning up our beaches, and also taking on Pakistan in a warm-hearted virtual embrace, every time she takes to Twitter. She will post on socially meaningful issues, things that bother her or she feels must be spoken of to raise awareness. She won’t back down if she’s in for a cause, but she will do it all with a sublime positivity which is why she goes down as an expat turned Pakistani whom the nation also embraces with their hearts!
We give you Shaniera Akram in Gup Shup with FUCHSIA! Read on to know her views on Pakistan, Islam and taking on a new country & continent to ultimately call it home.
Pakistani Attire Is Very Empowering, She Opines
That is certainly a liberating thought – refreshing perspectives on our libas for sure! Shaniera appears cool in a Farah Talib Aziz creation, a designer she’s admitted to wearing often, because she loves the style!
Shaniera Is In Love With Pakistan!
On her first memories..
Really? We ask. But tell us 5 things you noticed from the get go about Pakistan. From the eyes of someone who decided to make it her home much later in the day.
She Talked About Raising Voice Against Wrongs!
“I observed, stayed silent, and learnt to adapt and integrate. Become a Pakistani. Everyone loved me so much especially because I’m Waseem’s wife,” gushed Shaniera. And on her better half? Oh he’s a romantic at heart. Every day is Valentine’s day for him!
Even if I felt I wanted to talk about something, I did my homework first. Shaniera put it very wisely, that she wouldn’t want to address an issue she didn’t know enough about.
So, Tell Us, Things Typically Pakistani In Your Books, We Ask, Curious To Know From Her Eyes, What Might Have Missed Us?
But that’s just the way it is. She’s not one to criticize a cultural (ahem) norm. So folks, if you’re listening, when in Pakistan, do as the Pakistanis do, take your time and show up ‘fashionably’ late!
In Pakistan, You Will Never Be Lonely!
Many would agree, yes, we are a passionate translate jazbaati nation… wait till you see our cricket team (ahem) lose a match and you’ll know what she’s talking about.
A hugely positive observation. Shaniera noted that one is never alone in Pakistan. You always have a support system. Someone to talk to or go to, which is so heartening!
She’s just about hit the nail on the head here!
We decide now we’re meeting up, going to the beach, etc. We do things at the drop of a hat. Yeah, that sounds just about as Pakistani as it gets. Shaniera has us all figured out for sure!
Her Shift Towards Islam. How Hard Or Easy Was It?
Shaniera responded with a poignant story. It was Ramazan.
“Islam is a journey. It finds you, you don’t find it. You progress in phases,” she gazes into the distance and says almost to herself. “For me, it had to mean something. I now do some work behind the scenes too. Charity, fund raising, out of the public eye,” she added.
And so continued our Gup Shup on writing emails to her daughter, on discovering motherhood in Pakistan, on love, on age difference in marriage, on finding oneself!
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