He replied, in the most simple and straight forward way, that touches me.
“If you want to learn Arabic or any language, you have to stop talking in English and Urdu, and only speak in Arabic to me, he said, his children are in French school, so in the school bus, they talk only in French and English. In classroom and in school they are not allowed to speak in English or Arabic. So this is the only way forward. You have to stop half English and half Arabic, like I usually do with my Arabic colleague.
It reminds me of my story, for learning English language. It’s not quite long ago, that I started writing, I guess hardly 5 – 6 years back, that I actively concentrated in writing at all.
The writing attribute has to be given to one and only one person, my Aunty and like my mother Parveen Rasmuseen. Who encouraged me so much and got inspired from my small philosophical statuses on facebook. Later on, others too joined the station wagon. And so it all started at my end. And finally couple of years back, I actually moved into this blog arena. Since I was very inspired with some beautiful write-ups by some friends in my list.
Moreover, if I go a little back, my English language took a huge stride in terms of spoken and written English when I was in High School. I still remember that day, and I will never forget it. Our first day, in English literature class, please keep in mind, I belong to Pakistan and English language is not our mother tongue, and moreover, even studying in English Medium School, will not guarantee that you will start speaking or writing perfectly the way it should be. Since after the English Class, we all resume to talk in Urdu. Due to cultural mindset, narrow farsightedness and shallowness I would say.
Anyway, our teacher Mrs. Rizwan, enters the class, and said from this day onwards in my class, no one is allowed to speak a single Urdu word. She was a very sweet, calm and a patience teacher I would say. She said, and I still remember.
“Don’t worry, what you are speaking, just speak, come on speak to me in English”.
Till now, I remember, I and everyone was looking at each other, as to who will break the ice.
Finally Mrs. Rizwan, encouraged us more and said if you don’t speak to me now, you will never learn anything. And all your life, you will be like this. I don’t know what prompted me, but it really inspires me to go ahead, against all odds. So all the lights of the stadium are now focused on me.
I sometimes laugh at myself, when I recall that scene, I was so nervous and my heart beat was so pumping, that instead of He I said She . So you can imagine what my level was. I made so many grammatical errors. All the classmates were bursting in laughter. I was way ashamed, but my teacher stood by me. She encouraged me so much, that I stood up, against all the others. She said, remember you all. Shahzad you will progress since you are took the first one to take this difficult step. Later on, it took a lot more time for me to start speaking confidently.
And now looking back, after 18 odd years, I realize and felt that had I didn’t took that step, I will never reach this level at all.
My school teacher on our pass-out, wrote this piece of advice for me:
“All this world is froth and bubble, two things stands above: 1) Courage in your own 2) Kindness in others trouble” – Miss Mulla – 1994.
Are you still in that phase or mind or task or have something in your mind, to take that giant step like I did, trust me while writing this blog. I am saying to myself, go ahead with your plans that I am planning these days. It will be difficult, way difficult. I will fail but I will rise up. Since God is always watching us. We just have to have faith in ourselves and upon God. The rest is history.