Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rauf Chandio

Journalism has a great power: Rauf Chandio

Abdul Rauf Chandio born on Feb 1st, 1978 at a Village Bhanbho Khan Chandio, Taluka Meero Khan, district Larkana. He got his early education from Larkana. In 2005 and got masters degree in Sociology from University of Sindh. He is serving in field of Journalism since 1995.

Today, he is a famous and reputed personality of Sindhi Media. He has experience of electronic and print media. He is presently working as Director News of Mehran TV.

Q: When did you start journalism?

A: My interest in journalism developed in 10th standard and I started my career as a reporter in Daily Kawish. Then I worked as a sub editor in various Sindhi newspapers like Halchal, Tameer e Sindh, Khabroon and Shaam. Later, I was appointed as Bureau Chief of Sindh TV Hyderabad.

Q: According to you, what are the responsibilities of a good Director News?

A: As print Media has chief editors of newspapers, similarly electronic media has Director News for their channels. He is responsible to verify news carefully and chooses the news according to its importance.

Q: Why did you choose journalism as profession?

A: Journalism has a great power of expressing any issue without fear, so I also wanted to use my intellect in this field and make this as my power.

Q: How much Sindhi media has covered Sindhi culture and language?

A: No doubt Sindhi media has put a new soul in Sindhi culture but at the same time Sindhi media is also copying other culture which is degrading our real culture. The ideas used for marketing are copied from western or Indian culture but I think now is time when people are fed up and should protest against such trends.

Q: Journalism is devotion and worship, do you agree?

A: Yes I agree. It is a holy profession but as every pond contains some bad fish that harms the ecosystem of pond, same case is here, some harmful fish in the sea of journalism that had bad named to this profession.

Q: What aspects should media concern about coverage?

A: Media should keep follow these basic steps of coverage like it should investigate issues from its all angles and the most important thing to keep in mind is 5Ws 1H formula.

Q: Why Sindhi media is less developed than Urdu and English?

A: In fact, Sindhi media is not backward but problem is that it is considered as a regional media where as Urdu media is considered as national. But after all Sindhi media still has the same power of highlighting any issue.

Q: Nowadays media shows the live images of dead bodies after bomb blasts, earthquakes and other violent scenes which leave a bad impact on audience, what do u say about that?

A: Media should show whatever is happening in society but as far as these scenes are concerned, they leave a bad psychological impact on people so it should be stopped and government should also bound private media with these policies but they are not followed.
- By Wali Mohammad Bhatti

Imdad Hussaini

I get inspiration from simple people and learn from them: Imdad Hussaini

Born geniuses are those who are bestowed with unparallel intellect and power of expression. One of such persons is Syed Imdad Ali Shah Imdad Tikhrai.

He was born on March 20th, 1940 at Tikhur, Tando Mohammad Khan. He is a person of dynamic and revolutionary spirit, which he inherited from his grand father Allama Syed Asad ullah Shah, who himself was founder of Khilafat Movement in Sindh and multi lingual poet of Arabic, Sindhi and Persian.

Imdad Hussaini received his early education from his native land and then enriched his existence by doing masters in Sindhi from University of Sindh. Along with studies, he also carried out part time job in Sindhi Adabi Board.

Later he remained as librarian of Sindhi Adabi Board and with the passage of time he marked his position as Research Fellow in Institute of Sindhology, University of Sindh.

He served at several positions like subject specialist of Sindhi, editor of Mehran magazine and secretary in charge of Sindhi Adabi Board.

Presently he has dedicated his life for literature and is writing for his compilations of books.

I was privileged to have a conversation with him about his life and asked few questions, to which he replied as under:

Q: When did you start writing?

A: I started writing when I stepped in to Higher Secondary School. There used to publish a children magazine called Gulistan. I initiated my writings from that magazine.

There was literary atmosphere at my village. Poetry flowed in our blood as my grand father was a poet of Sindhi, Arabic and Persian, while my younger brother was also a renowned poet of his times. Such kind of literary environment urged me towards writing, plus I had some internal voice of expression which boosted my interest in this field.

Q: What do you feel about yourself, are you a poet or a prose writer?

A: It could not be said easily, basically I consider my self as a poet. Writing is an internal mathematics which is expressed through tongue in the form of words. Where as poetry is a natural phenomenon like a poet expresses his and other's feelings through his thoughts and words. Poetry is a gift of nature. It could be polished by a poet unless its traits are present in you.

Q: Who is your ideal personality?

A: I get inspiration from simple people and learn from them because common men have our Language. Rest, Shah Abdul Latef is my spiritual leader because he started writing when Persian was official language but he wrote in language of people that was Sindhi. Shah's Risalo is such document which will guide us through out the coming ages.

Q: How did you get your name as Sanwal?

A: My family called me Imdad Ali Shah but there was an editor at Sojhro named Sehar. She called me Sanwal and later when my story was published, I gave wrote my name as Sanwal on that.

Q: When your first compilation was published and what was your age at that time?

A: First compilation was published in 1967 with title “Imdad ahay rol”. I was 27 at that time. Its cost was Rs.5 at that time.

Q: Is there any wish that you want to get fulfilled?

A: Personally there are many wishes but I want a change in scenario of Sindh and world so that humanity could prosper and our coming generations can lead a peaceful life.

Q: Why our poetry has not crossed international barriers when we have heritage of Latif's poetry with us?

A: Though we have boundless poetry of Latif but our institutions responsible for to prevail his message are not sincere in this regard. So those institutions should be managed properly.

Q: Can anyone of us reach the heights of noble prize?

A: Yes it could be achieved. Why not? When Dr. Abdul Salam can achieve that in science then why it could not be achieved in literature? I feel that if writings are translated into English then surely we can make our way up to that level. If talent will get proper promotion and our feudal lords abstain their activities of suppressing talent then we can achieve such glories.

Muhammad Qasim Maka

Muhammad Qasim Maka has multi dimensional personality. He is a poet, social worker and musician.

Mohammad Qasim Maka was born on 3rd May, 1953 at village Maka Lakhi Ghulam Shah, Shikarpur. He completed his early education from his village and did matriculation from Government High School.

Moving ahead in life, he passed Intermediate from Sachal College Hyderabad in 1972 with flying colors by securing first position and proved himself as best student of college.

1n 1978, he did masters in social work from University of Sindh. He also stood first in it.

Mohammad Qasim Maka worked in radio, television and played active role to protect folk music of Sindh. Presently, he is working as director Institute of Sindhology.

Q: How music inspired you?

A: My soul relationship with music began in my childhood and I always liked to hear kalam of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai at his mausoleum along with my parents. Sufism of Sindh inspired me towards music.

Q: Which type of singers you used to listen in your childhood?

A: I used to listen folk music of many singers but Sohna Khan Baloch, Master Chander, Baghat Kanwar Ram, Mai Jewrri, and Ustad Khan Mohammad are my favorites during childhood.

Q: Among classical poetry and music, who played a vital role to protect Sindhi culture?

A: Folk music played a vital role to protect Sindhi culture.

Q: Would you like to share any memorable day of your life?

A: There are many but when I was selected as announcer at Radio Pakistan in 1971, I can not forget that day because it was my first step towards success.

Q: Tell me something about Rang Manch?

A: After KTN was launched as first private Sindhi channel, I found an opportunity to introduce a different type of program that could protect folk music of Sindhi language and then I started Rang Manch.

Q: How many audio and video cassettes have you released in Sindhi music?

A: More than one thousand audio and video cassettes have been introduced in market and this spiritual music got a positive feed back from audiences.

Q: What role Institute of Sindhology plays in promotion of Sindhi culture?

A: Institute had always and will keep safeguarding the culture of Sindh. It is and it will always transfer the culture to next generations.

Q: What Sindhi people should do for the development of their culture and language?

A: They should support their culture by wearing Sindhi dresses, reading Sindhi litereture and should have domestic systems according to Sindhi culture.

Q: What do you say about the Shah Jo Risalo?

A: Shah jo Risalo is back bone of Sindhi language and has a message for humanity. If one could read and act according to it then one would not harm others and vice versa.

Fatah Halepoto

A true artist never leads life on barometers and calculations

By Beenish Abdullah

Noted artist and teacher Fatah Halepoto was born on Dec 13, 1938 at Kazi Ahmed, district Nawabshah (now Benazirabad).

His family migrated to Dadu in 1942 and settled there. In his school age, he was very fond of playing cricket and this fond snatched his one leg forever in 1956. Due to this, his studies got stopped and a series of tireless efforts began in his life.

In 1961, he came to Hyderabad for one year training at Art Teachers’ training centre Hyderabad and completed his one year training with second division.

Later he completed his education during his service. He passed matriculation in 1973 and intermediate in 1976, he did graduation in 1979 from City College, Hyderabad. He was appointed as art teacher in district Dadu in 1962.

He tried a lot to do MA but he could not due to financial problems and physical disability. He was very keen to join National College of Arts Lahore but again economic pressure and physical disability blackened his one more dream.

He also filled so many scholarship forms to go abroad for higher education but could not succeed because of his straightforward nature he never adopted flattery means to go abroad. He was called back by Art Teachers' Training Centre Hyderabad in 1972 to educate teachers. After serving this institution for a long time, he took retirement in 1998.

Since 1998, He has been working as free lance painter/artist. He got married in 1989 and has three daughters.

He has organized his several painting exhibitions at national and provincial level. He also taught at Mehran Centre of Excellence for Art and Design for some time. He has been teaching many students privately without charging any fee and has given so many big painters to Pakistan.

Fatah is not only an artist and teacher but symbol of courage which teaches us how to live with all odds.

Q: Is painting just satisfaction of aesthetic sense or can it also be used for the reformation of society?

A: Yes, definitely painting can be used for the reformation of society. I myself have used it as reformation tool. I satisfy my aesthetic sense as well but I also keep on thinking that how my skill can serve the society. Similarly I also keep in view art’s commercial aspect because it’s important. Aesthetic sense is first preference but your belly also requires food. So, both must go hand in hand. But just to paint for the sake of earning money is exploitation of art. Well, a true artist never lead life on barometers, measurements or calculations.

Q: To what extent, you are satisfied with the compensations received by the painters for their paintings in Pakistan?

A: I am adequately satisfied with the rewards received by the painters but not fully. Because if here I charge 10,000 for my one painting, then people argue that what will they do of a piece of paper by buying it for Rs10,000? Aesthetic sense is lacking here. I am not talking about those people who even can’t earn food for three times. How a hungry person can think of aesthetics? But I am talking about those who have money but they don’t have taste. Such people are just machines of making money. So in Pakistan’s big cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad art is very popular and hence compensations for art are also good there but not overall. So that’s why painters prefer to exhibit their paintings abroad because a painting which is hardly sold for Rs50,000 here can easily be sold in for Rs200000 in foreign countries. But nevertheless, as compared to yester times, artists in Pakistan are getting good rewards now.

Q: To what extent, a painter’s personal life and circumstances affect his imagination as well as his paintings?

A: Personal life does matter. If an artist paints something but he’s not acting upon that in his personal life then in my view that painting is useless. Painter should not have a dual personality. A genuine and true artist never betrays or hurts anyone. The respect and reverence of his creation is that his personal life must have some compatibility with his creations. If a painter's own life is very tragic then it doesn't mean that his paintings reflect tragedies only. But one must try to paint the positive lessons got from the tragedies of life because our paintings are our message to society.

Q: Is painting just a God gifted ability or can it be learned by proper training?

A: Firstly talent and then its polishing are important to become a successful painter. But everyone does not come out after becoming something from an institution. If you take a fine arts department, then everyone do not come out as leaned and skilled painter. They just study and memorize like a parrot, but they do not have a creative approach. I never try to impose my style on my students. I just give them a base on which they prepare their own buildings. I try to find out that what ability they have got regarding painting and then appreciate and polish that. That’s how painting can be learned.

Q: Do you feel that in current glamorized and fast era, admiration and attention of people towards painting has been decreased due to presence of many other sources of entertainments?

A: Yes this is fact. If we talk about current situation, boys and girls are blindly running behind glamour. Even some artists are also doing the same drama. But the artists of my age like Gul Jee never did this drama. Now youngsters are following the previous painters. But the achievement is not to become a painter, but achievement is to make your place in 1000 painters so that people wait for your creations that where is that painter's work, his paintings are always marvelous. But in my early childhood, I was very fond of painting birds, butterflies, and natural scenes. But when I became mature, then I also worked on communism. Then in my professional period, I worked on many social issues.

These days our youngsters are a in glamorization and easy going shortcuts to achieve their goals.

Q: How much are you satisfied with the work of new painters?

A: I am very much satisfied with the work of new painters. Not all painters, but some are really doing quality work. I admit, the standard of my students' work is higher than me. I won't say that I was the king and others are pawns. Society always keeps on changing and searching for the new ones. But majority try to walk on easy paths. They don't practice and work hard. Now they are busy in chatting on cell phones all the time.

Q: Do you feel that Media has been giving proper and required coverage to the field of painting like other fields of art?

A: media is covering field of painting but not as much as it should. Especially in past, media use to highlight only those painters, who use to feed media. I personally have suffered from this approach of media. Once, my exhibition was not covered by national media as I did not have enough money. Although situation is better now but still this defect is prevailing here somehow.

Q: What role can media play in widening the scope of paining in Pakistan?

A: Media can play an outstanding role in this regard if it’s true and objective. It can change the fate of a person. Now a day, world is completely moving on media’s information. Whoever denies the importance and strength of media, he is a fool. But approach to media is conditioned with money or friendships with media’s people. So this is a bitter fact that there are some charges of coming at media’s forefront.

Tanveer Junejo

People don't have sense to realize the human values: Tanveer Junejo

Now a day role of women in the development of Society is admirable and day by day people are realizing the worth of women who are a part of our society and they too can participate equally.

Madam Tanveer Junejo is also playing its role for society in a responsible way. She was born on 6 Feb 1952 in a small town of Dadu district Pat Sharif. She got her early education from village and did M.A Sociology from University of Sindh Jamshoro in 1973. After that, she did her PhD from University of Sindh. During PhD her research topic was changing cultural patterns of Pakistan due to political situation as reflected in sindhi literature.

Now she is serving as chairperson of department of Sociology in this mother institute and she contribute her many books on women rights in sindhi literature.

Q: Why you select Sociology for your career?

Ans: Actually I was keen interested to learn about society, its problems and the nature of human beings so I found myself as a social nature and I select this subject for my career and not just for my career but I was also want to bring some changes in society. As I belong to Interior Sindh and you know women of Sindh always live under the gloom of discrimination so this thing also convinces me towards Sociology.

Q: What are the major problems of our society now a days?

Ans: There are many problems in our society but every problem has its solution and these all problems not naturally gifted to us but we human beings are responsible for these problems. In our society, people don't have sense to realize the human values that's why these all differences has been created between communities. If we think like a simple human being and also understand the humanity then we could find real solution of these all kinds of Social problems.

Q: What is the role of NGOs in development of Society?

Ans: NGOs are playing very positive role and has proved beneficial for society because many social issues are properly handled by these social organizations. I am also the member of many NGOs and I realize that our literacy ratio is very low so people do not fully understand the working methodology of NGOs and they misunderstand positive role of NGOs.

Q: What do you say about the Gender discrimination?

Ans: In my opinion, what I have observed that gender discrimination has almost ended and females are also serving in society same like males and you know in all departments female have their quota and equal opportunities. But in rural areas of Sindh, this discrimination is still present and education is only way to overcome this problem.

Q: What are your major achievements of your life?

Ans: I have completed my parents dream because they wished that I get proper education and lead a successful life so being a female I have proved myself and working as a head of Department its big achievement of my life.

Q: What developments you have made in your Department?

Ans: When I was appointed as Chairperson, there was only single room for our department but now I have expand its building and few years before I also facilitated our students with computer lab having internet facility.

Q: How many books you have contributed in your subject?

Ans: I have contributed several books on sociology problems but among them two books are very much popular one is “Samaj Ja Usool” and second one is Aurat Samaj Aein Dadh”. These books are helping people to understand the Society and women rights.

Q: Any message or suggestion for students?

Ans: I suggest to all students that feel responsibility as a member of society and be sincere with yourself and your parents because this thing will make your life successful.

Professor Muhammad Rafique Dhanani

Professor Muhammad Rafique Dhanani is Chairman Department of Geography, University of Sindh, He did his M.Sc in Geography from Karachi University in 1976.

Q: What was your second choice of career after teaching?

Ans: I am fully satisfied with this profession of teaching because it is a sacred profession. If I were not a teacher I would had preferred to be a representative of our country in any foreign country. I was fond of location and culture of different countries and to see those countries, therefore, wanted to choose the profession of a diplomat.

Q: After taking charge as chairman, what changes you have brought in the Department?

Ans: Due to limited resources a computer lab was established in 1997 with two or three computers. Now that number has increased up to 14. The department building is old there is less space as the numbers of students are increasing. Priority is given to renovate and expand the department building to solve the problem of space.

Q: Will you tell our readers about the scope of Geography?

Ans: Geography is a multi-disciplinary subject in which knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture and Demography is combined. While Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) are the latest addition. So student can easily choose any career after specializing in any of these fields. Whatever and wherever any thing happens in the world, people from different backgrounds want to know from geographers about location and reasons as well as solutions.

Q: What are your major achievements in life?

Ans: I have achieved the status as dreamed by my father. He used to discuss about my studies and future occupation with his friends. One of his friends advised him that your son must study geography which is related to planning. I opted to study Geography at Dhaka University in 1969.

Q: As a chairman, what are your plans about up lift of department?

Ans: I want to expand the building and facilitate the students in researches because there is need of research in this department. As I believe that no development or progress can be made without research in any field. There are many examples around the world if we look at the developed nations

Sami Memon Table tennis coach

I utilized my life for a cause: Sami Memon

Passion is something which motivates a person to dedicate for a cause. History is witness to it that such people devoted their lives for some cause.

In this age of frustration and greed, it is very difficult to find such people but when I met Abdul Sami Memon, I realized that few phenomenons never end.

Abdul Sami Memon born on 15th January, 1957, did his matriculation from Municipal High School Hussainabad, Hyderabad later graduated from Commerce College Hyderabad. He is presently working as an Accounts Officer in WAPDA.

The passion of this man was Table Tennis. He with his utmost commitment has given thirty years of his life to the world's fastest game and produced more than twenty good players from Hyderabad.

Sami is now a senior coach as well as honorary President of Hyderabad Table Tennis Association.

Q: Would you please like to share that when and how your interest developed in this game?

Ans: It was back in 70's when one of my friend took me to a club that used to be at Wahdat colony and people used to play Table Tennis there. I played there for the first time and was unable to control the ball on the table. I kept on coming and tried to play but it was very hard for me, however I did not leave it. I took it as a challenge and time came when I stood as runner up in the Inter School Table Tennis Championship held in 1974. That's how the interest developed and I got into this game.

Q: When did you formally started coaching?

Ans: I started coaching in a club at WAPDA in 1980's and my first student was Javed Memon, who by his hard work and good skills made his entry in the national team and represented Hyderabad division in the national events.

Q: Did you get any coaching or training course before you started coaching players?

Ans: No, initially there wasn't any sort of such facility so I just started it on my personal experience of Table Tennis and trained students. But, later in the year 2000, I did get a coaching course by a Japanese coach. The course was conducted by International Olympic Committee. Then I even did some short courses for umpiring which were conducted by International Table Tennis Federation and Pakistan Table Tennis Federation

Q: Three of your students and players represented Pakistan in International Table Tennis Championships, would you like to tell a bit about them?

Ans: Yes, three of my very fine students made me proud by representing not only Sindh and Hyderabad but also Pakistan in the international tournaments. One of my students Haleem Ahmad Memon played in Junior Asian Table Tennis Championship held at Goa city of India in 1997, a girl Shagufta and a boy Syed Awais Ahmad represented the country in Junior SAF Games held at Dhaka city of Bangladesh in 2004-05. Awais also represented Pakistan in All World Inter-University Table Tennis Championship held at Bankok.

Q: How many international tournaments you did umpiring?

Ans: I went for two international events as manager of Pakistani team, once for India in 2006 and once for Iran in 2008. I did umpiring in SAF Games held at Islamabad in 2004 and again in SAF Junior Table Tennis Championship held at Karachi in 2007.

Q: Despite of having strong background in this game, why now Table Tennis has vanished from Sindh and especially from Hyderabad?

Ans: Well! There are multiple reasons behind the extinction of Table Tennis from Hyderabad. One of the major reasons is that now there is lot of internal politics in the Association and Bodies which are made to manage the game. Secondly, there is not much support from government side. In Hyderabad there is only one Table Tennis Club at Niaz Stadium and that too is ruined because of ignorance by the authorities.

In early days, the schools and colleges used to be a nursery for players but now schools and colleges do not take much interest in this game. So neither do parents of children motivate them for such a healthy indoor game. They do involve them in cell phones and internet but never ask them to have such healthy activities. Other than these problems, now days, load shedding, mobile snatching, street crimes and universal insecurity have badly affected the growth of game and players.

These are few reasons because of which we are lacking behind. I personally give as much time as I can but I don't get that output which I used to get in previous times.

Q: What was the Golden era of Hyderabad in the field of Table Tennis?

Ans: The span of 2000 to 2005 was really a golden period for Hyderabad because in this duration, the players of Hyderabad gave us recognition through out the country by winning All Pakistan Inter-Board, Inter-University and Junior National Table Tennis Championship.

Q: Are you satisfied with your efforts towards Table Tennis?

Ans: I feel that I gave away my life which I could have enjoyed easily with my family and children but I preferred it to be utilized for a cause. Table Tennis gave me some wonderful students and friends. I am satisfied because I not only made players but I also made some successful persons as many of my students got admission at University of Sindh, Karachi University and NED University on sports quota.

Bus Hostess Shumaila

A woman of Determination…Bus Hostess Shumaila

Working women always face criticism in our so called civilized society and this criticism usually increase when the lady worker is in her twenties.

Shumaila is also one of such working women who face many problems and criticism during her job as she is working in Daewoo Bus Service since June, 2009, as bus hostess.

Long height, fair color, kind nature and excellent talking style, Shumaila was born on October 25, 1989, in a middle class family of Hirabad, Hyderabad.

She completed her intermediate with flying colors and wanted to continue her studies but financial constraints compelled her to search job which can offer a handsome salary package because she has to support six sisters and her father is the only bread earner.

Being eldest daughter, she decided to support her father. As she did not have high education, so she did not get the traditional type of job in some formal institute, furthermore most of them were not offering her a good salary.

She tried in Daewoo Bus Service and got a job. While working at Daewoo, she faced a storm of criticism from her family and friends but she ignored all this and continued as bus hostess.

She says that: “I m satisfied with this job, because at the end of the month I get enough money which helps my family to solve many problems, secondly due to this job my medical and transport is free and during job, meal is also provided by the company”.

It is generally believed that working women face very vulgar and weird behavior from clients but Shumaila says she has different experience. “Our management is very cooperative and if any person tries to under estimate employees, we face all this boldly and confidently.”

Shumaila says that “It is 12 hours job and usually we have two shifts a day and after one day’s job, the second day is off, so it is easy to continue this job and now I want to get admission in BCS at Government College and intend to complete my education. Apart from all that, whenever I will get better job with handsome salary package, no doubt I will prefer that one.”

Transport sector is considered very rough and tough, but according to Shumaila’s experience it is very easy job and no higher education certificates are required.

Everyone says that it is not a respectful job for a woman. Not only clients, but other people also do not take this a respectful profession.

After completing her BCS, she would try to get some better job which is very hard but not impossible.- By Rabia Alvi

Naseer Soomro

When oddity becomes identity

Every person has different qualities so for every one is different and unique to other. Some people are distinguished for their intelligence and efficiency while others mark their identification through their unique acts in the society.

These all things are not related with Naseer Soomro but he is different and unique from others by having a height of 8 feet and one inch. Who would have wondered that tallness of this man would become his identity someday and would become the center of attention for a large portion of world?

Naseer Soomro was born in 1975 at Shikarpur. After completing his primary education from Hathi gate school, he completed his Intermediate from C&S Government Degree College Shikarpur.

He joined Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur for graduation. Being tall, Naseer Soomro soon became very popular, not only in Pakistan but also at international level.

He earned popularity with the unique symbol of creation by God and gained central position throughout the world.

After Aalam Channa passed away in 1998, Naseer Soomro got title of being the tallest man by Asian and European media. Now, according to height, he is at 2nd number in the Guinness Book of World and at 1st number in Pakistan till today.

Naseer Soomro has visited 19 countries of world just because of popularity in regard of his height. Among them France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, China, America are worth mentioning.

He tells about his growing height that he was completely normal in his childhood, but at the age of ten years, his height grew up rapidly because of sudden fast fever. When he visited a doctor for checkup, he was told that because of growth hormones disease, his height is increasing quickly. For stopping this growth, doctors suggested operation. But due to financial problems it was not got possible.

Naseer Soomro, where he gets so much love and respect because of being unique, there he also faces challenges. He can not travel comfortable in car, rickshaw and van. He always avoids these needs of transports.

When he goes out side in the market or some place of outing, he is surrounded by odd eyes of women and children as if he is a man of some other world.

At times it also happens that children get afraid of him and change their routes and paths on which he walks. It hurts him a lot and he feels shame.

He likes sky blue color and is fond of vegetables. In 1999, he got a job in Pakistan International Airlines, but he was terminated. After that he is unemployed till today.

Now days, Naseer Soomro is facing a lot of challenges for the survival of his family. Soft hearted, cheer full and master of great nature Naseer Soomro is also famous with his used clothes and shoes. In Pakistan, Naseer Soomro is spending a life of unemployment, though he is offered jobs of handsome salaries by different countries but this great man prefers to lead an unemployed life in his own land then to serve some other country.

He says that life is the name of ups and downs. His friends have supported him in every step of life. He loves his friends and family.

He is not only unique by his stature but he is also unique by his thoughts, loving nature and purified soul.

Apr / 05 / 2010 Mon 01:07:31 AM

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Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right. Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel”, these unparalleled words were rolled down in the streams of history by Abraham Lincoln. He asked the teacher of his son to teach him the elegant way of living.

Ages passed on and people kept on coming and going on pages of world. But only few projected the essence of these tremendous words.

Today, few stand apart from this world and posses their own identity. One such person is Professor Doctor Hafeez ur Rehman Memon.

He was born on February 1, 1958 in Diplo district of Tharparkar. It is a vague perception in our country that people living in urban areas can make distinctions in the world but Dr Hafeez proved it and set an example that achievers do not need conditions, they are born to live a life of prominence.

His primary and higher education was from schools of Diplo and Tando Adam respectively. To excel his education for professional career, he opted to do bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Dawood College of Engineering and Technology Karachi.

After completing his formal education up to graduate level, he performed his duties as Apprentice Chemical Engineer, Mehran Sugar Mills Tando Allahyar to earn his living.

Later, he switched his profession to teaching and was appointed as lecturer in Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro.

Though he switched his profession to teaching but being a teacher, his thirst for knowledge never ended.

Therefore, he intended to do Ph.D and did it successfully from University of Leeds, UK in 1996.He also posses additional qualification of Post Doctoral fellowship which he did from University of Leeds, UK in 2002-2003. He offered his duties as visiting professor at Napier University, Edenburough UK.

Today he is serving as Director, Petroleum Engineering at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro.

Having an experience of 25 years in the field of teaching, research, administration and industry, Dr Hafeez has proved himself as one of the successful persons of world.

He is currently affiliated with Pakistan Engineering Council, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health of UK and Institute of Engineering Pakistan.

Dr Hafeez believes in healthy body along with healthy mind. He is fond of badminton and table tennis. In his school days, he used to play football.

He plays chess for mind exercise and walks to keep him hale and hearty. He is gentle and polite in nature.

He opines that it is far honorable to fail than to cheat. He has faith in his own ideas.

He helps students to get internships in industries. He is supervising five PhD students as he is a recognized supervisor by Higher Education Commission.

His recognitions tell the story of his hard work, determination, struggle and finally a triumph life.

He is a symbol of hope for those who believe that we have expertises who are not only expert in their fields of life but are also men of immense rectitude.

Dr Syeda Saliha Hassney

Professor Dr Syeda Saliha Hassney is one, who has served her mother institution University of Sindh in an unprecedented way.

She was born on March 1st, 1950 in a respectable family of Syed Abdul Wali Hassney at Nawabshah. Her family shifted to Hyderabad during her childhood. She got early education from Saint Maries School Hyderabad. After that, she passed matriculation from Nazareth High School Hyderabad and did intermediate from Government Girls College Heerabad, Hyderabad.

She did Msc in Botany from University of Sindh Jamshoro. This even couldn't quench her thirst of knowledge.

In order to quench this thirst of knowledge, she left for Australia, in 1978 where she did MS Biology from University of Sydney, Australia that was one of the difficult phases of her life because her younger brother Wasim Akhtar Hassney passed away from this mortal world. Although it was a great shock for her but God gave her patience and perseverance that can overcome mountains.

Thereafter she did PhD from same university of Australia in 1988. Her research topic for PHD was “palynology of calendrinia”. She researched for her Phd from Harvard University and Sydney University.

Her viva for Phd was conducted in Pakistan by a distinguished taxonomist Dr Ali who is now Director General of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE).

She returned from Australia in1988 and became lecturer in the Institute of Plant Sciences. Here she also did specialization in genetics from University of Sindh Jamshoro. She became Director Institute of Plant Sciences at University of Sindh Jamshoro on September 10, 2009.

She performed her responsibilities in a dignified way and produced many young and thirsty students who are doing research in their fields. She retired from directorship on 25th February, 2010 and presently, she is serving this institute as visiting faculty.

She has written approximately 40 research papers and a monograph of world level and worked for flora of Pakistan and Central Australia. She also did post doctorate from Reading University of UK faculty. She says that life is the name to do something, as far as I am concerned, I also want to do something. Every one wants success and the path to success are beset with many difficulties.

According to her, “a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him”.

Every student and employee of her institute eulogizes her determination, courage and sincerity to work. She is unique in personality, always imparting knowledge to students, persuading them to work hard, respect their elders and bow down before God.

After so much hard work and experiences in life, she says that we learn a lot from our daily experiences, observations, ups and downs which help to revamp our thinking, perception and helps to be optimistic in character.

She has a lot of experience in Micro Morphology, Plant Taxonomy and Paleontology but she doesn't feel proud of it and says neither I am superior nor less than others, I am just in between them.

Dr Hassney is an example for all of us to be adopted as role model in order to succeed.