The reason behind writing this blog is very simple. I would like to pay a well-deserved tribute to this beautiful young woman who is always doing such a great job for Pakistan, on and off the public platform. I will try my best to show what Nadia Jamil means to me and many others like me; through her Tweets.
I got to know Nadia, since following her on Twitter about few years ago. When I joined Twitter, I randomly followed a handful of people and Nadia was one of them. I had no idea who she was or what she used to tweet about? And after reading her earlier tweets, which were heavily based around food, I decided to unfollow her. Then one day, her tweet got retweeted and she ended back on my TL. The tweet really impressed me as it was about children’s safety and rights. I was quite taken a back about the shear sensitivity shown in her tweet. The 140 character limit was not preventing in painting a picture that truly deserved ovation. I was truly bowled over and followed her back. I checked her Bio which told me that she was an Actor, Anchor, Educationist, Activist, Awed by Atoms and much more but that one tweet of hers was enough for me to be convinced in following her.
After that I looked forward to her tweets and I guess it was the time when she tweeted about children and women’s rights? As being one who also have huge concern for such causes I began to relate to her tweets more and more. I also noticed how she interacted with her followers and the shear brilliance at which she replied each and every follower?
One morning I woke up and found my TL with her welcoming tweets about sunshine of Lahore, happy flowers and an upbeat mood? I sarcastically replied to her saying that, how can one be so optimistic when it’s cold, dark and wet outside, obviously referring to my surrounding in UK? Surprisingly I had a response from her which was to be the beginning of our interaction on twitter. She answered with such warmth that really lifted my spirit; a feeling that I shall never forget.
I often joked with her and also responded to her tweets with sarcasm. But she always replied with instant yet witty comments which kept me glued to twitter. It has been few years and even now, seeing her on my TL gives me the goose bumps.
Nadia Jamil is such a charismatic personality not just on Twitter but in real life too that she demands respect. Her simple and honest nature is daring enough to mesmerise anyone and her beauty with intellect would make anyone fall in love with her. I have never known anyone to care so much about children’s rights, women’s rights, minorities’ right or anyone whose rights are in question? She is always in the front most position, carrying the banner for anyone that asks her for her help. Give her a cause, and she will show you how to put a life and soul into it by going that extra mile. Through her tweets, I have seen her lift people’s morals, give them awareness, educating them and also having fun with them. Rare qualities that I see disappear in most people when they tackle harsh reality of heinous causes. But Nadia Jamil soldiers on, she cries with you, listens to your problem and then tickles you with her wit and helps you deal with all by showing you a route. She never leaves you unattended or out in the cold, no matter who you are. A brilliant human being, that just wants to mend as many hearts as possible. Doesn’t matter who this heart belongs to? It could be from any race, religion, age or gender; she knows how to make it beat with love and passion.
On twitter she will ensure that she gets the message across to as many followers as possible. I love her terminology for her followers; she calls them her twitter family. I find it hard to comprehend that how she manages to reply to each and every tweet that is directed towards her? I have never seen anyone on twitter to do this. This has got to be the first. She even replies to abuse and gives everyone chance to learn and apologies. Anyone else in that position would end up tearing their own hair but not Nadia Jamil. Her wit and choice of words always amuses people and they keep following her even when they claim that they don’t like her. Such charm that she possess, even the non-believers are hooked to her tweets.
I love her appreciation for a family life. Being a mother herself to a young family, she relates to all family people. She absolutely loves children and animals. She never tires of tweeting about her love for her family and her absolutely gorgeous Surtaj (her husband). Another rare quality that most activists miss out but Nadia Jamil keeps it together on her own family front. This in my eyes also deserves applause. Through her series of tweets, you get to see a glimpse into her personal life which no doubt is a treat for all her fans.
Whatever the news, she will tweet her heart out. She is like a steam roller on twitter timeline, a dog with a bone, a juggler with many balls. She will ensure that enough people get to hear the message and hopefully enough will proceed to make a difference. She is so versatile in her tweets that she captures every person, whether they are from liberal background or conservative? Whether they are sophisticated learners or mere paindoos (villagers), whether they belong to business community or academics? Nadia Jamil will appeal to all and will win everyone’s heart with her brilliantly complied tweets and a selection of pictures to die for.
She is an extraordinarily dazzling woman who remains on ground by realising the basic human facts, which are; to care for what is your responsibility with care, love and attention. She does not shy away from owning up to her mistakes or saying sorry when she is in the wrong? She has the hunger for Education of mind and spreading it through a patient approach. She believes in change through shear hard work and dedication.
What I find to be most important, which makes her worthy of being a Heroine of Pakistan, is her true sense of belonging to Pakistan? How she deals with the issues that are crippling the very country she loves so much. She is not just vocal about it on twitter but off it too. Her dedication and intentions are always to make Pakistan shine with pride. She will go to any length to put things right for those that have suffered. She simply wants to see Pakistan develop into a united nation that was conceived by our great poet Allama Iqbal and founded by our Leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. And anyone that relates to this sentiment will follow her and appreciate her tweets, her shows, her work and simply her life.
She truly is a great Heroine of Pakistan that deserves all our love and respect as well as support in her cause of achieving the best for Pakistan and its people.