Feb 1, 2009 - Uncategorized    48 Comments

The world is connected and I am loving it.

OK people, I am officially very very happy.

Yesterday, I opened my inbox and there was an email from Mohammed Hanif (the writer) saying that he liked my take on Imran Khan. Being the unusually slow person that I am, it took me a good ten seconds to actually get it. Mohammed Hanif wrote to me!!! Not only did he write to me, he actually thanked me for saying nice things about his book on my blog.

I shrieked, jumped and called three friends straight away (you know who you are guys). My sister thought I won a lottery ticket or something and I had a stupid grin on my face for the next 6 hours.

I may sound like a demented groupie, but I don’t really care. I mean I value everyone who reads my blog, but being appreciated by someone who is a celebrated writer and personal favourite is just super cool (I know, super cool is so teenage a phrase that I should not even go near it but cut me some slack people, I am really happy).

This is a public thank you to you Hanif Sahib, I am grateful for the kind words.

I guess I shouldn’t complain and bitch about all those Daily Times and Dawn editors and my former bosses at Geo who killed my stories, ideas and articles; the right people are reading what I am writing.

God, I just love internet.

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48 Comments

  • Wow! Excellent! Congratulations. When do we have a book coming out?

    PS: I better put down some good comments here. Perhaps Hanif Sahib is reading my comments.

  • haha great!

  • u go girl !!!

  • Congratulations! That is AWESOME news!

    PS:You’re allowed to use teenage phrases in situations such as there 😉

  • Tez,

    You rock dude!! (I know you’re not a dude but you know what I mean!)

    Congrats, and again, keep up the good work.

    Also, let be known, even though you may feel like a groupie yourself, you too have groupies following you around!

    Cheers!

    -Zoobee

  • And i also know that a few years later:

    Yesterday, I opened my inbox and there was an email from xyz (the writer) saying that he liked my take on Hanif.

    Cheers!

    -Zoobee

  • you have every right to jump, squeal, shriek and putter away, hun 🙂

    now, maybe one day marat safin will read my blog and mail ME! right? right?… guys?..

  • ssuppper cooooll 😀
    was nice running into you too :))

  • Hanif sahab… i love your book too :))) man!!!

    “I guess I shouldn’t complain and bitch about all those Daily Times and Dawn editors and my former bosses at Geo who killed my stories, ideas and articles; the right people are reading what I am writing”

    Speak for us Sister… speak for the writers who toil away so that others can take the credit, speak for it all!! woohooo

  • Down with Geo!!!! “Mutiny i say mutiny”

  • Congratulations.

    Through my peers, I had the impression that he was better than the rest until my sis pointed out that he’s just a “parha likha jahil”.

    Your take was a deservedly great piece that solidified my belief that we don’t have a single worthy politician.

  • hi tazeen, congrats! someone with your passion and fire deserves such recogntion, but i feel you will go very far in your life:)

  • “And i also know that a few years later:

    Yesterday, I opened my inbox and there was an email from xyz (the writer) saying that he liked my take on Hanif.

    Cheers!

    -Zoobee”

    Uhhhh this is not from me – why is someone trying to post fakes using MY name?

    -The Real Zoobee

  • whoa… thats great 🙂

  • Wow!

    Congrtulations! 🙂

    you write so well and so relevantly that the praise is so completely justified and you so nicely deserve it too.. 🙂

    P.S: May I blog roll you please?

  • Congrats Tazeen 🙂 That must be incredibly satisfying! I feel like blogs nowadays are a medium that transcends all boundaries and are really read by people of all calibers everywhere.

  • dude, i squealed the same way when dan piraro replied to my email… and he did it in style. so yes, i hear you. 😉

    congratulations.

  • That is awesome. Seriously. Congrats 🙂

  • You go girl Good on you.

  • Ohhh! I am JEALOUS! How totally amazing. Congrats.
    On another note, I think Mohammad Hanif’s wife Nimra, is co hosting Dawn’s morning show with Naveen. Atleast I’ve heard she is his wife.

  • I’m happy that you’re so happy! 😀

  • Congrats….

  • This is fantastic. Congratulations

  • I am sure that’s a great feeling. Congratulations!

    Quirky Indian

  • Great news. It means: one, that you are a good writer and two, that Mohammad Hanif is a good-natured and humble person.
    I am waiting for Arundhati Roy to comment on my blog too 🙂 But perhaps she doesn’t have a Google blog alert for her name 🙁

  • everyone,

    Thanks a lot for being so patient when i went on and shared my glee with everyone.

    Fake Zoobee,

    go and spread your fakeness elsewhere.

    Real Zoobee,

    Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. You have an online imitator, you have arrived my friend.

  • Tez,

    Dude, Zoobee2 and 3, both are fake. Ignore them!

    Cheers!

    -Zoobee

  • “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. You have an online imitator, you have arrived my friend.”

    Tez,

    LOL! Yeah – I feel “especial” (heavy desi accent)…

    BTW it’d be great to have Moe Hanif visit Umreeka for a book tour or something. I have already recommended his books to those, two thus far, who are curious about what is it that makes Pakistan…

    -Zoobee
    p.s. Zoobee Ji masala luga kay!

  • TJ, Congrats. Hanif-the-great is just the latest to acknowledge your power to entertain.

    But just to affirm his inherent humility — and appreciation for the work of others — the ‘Mango’ man caused a bit of flutter at one of his book promos in Isloo last year, when one admirer of his work sought to have a copy of Exploding Mangoes signed by him.

    When Hanif asked this fan’s name and then, surname, the celebrated writer got up from his seat, shook hands with the fan and said: “I should be the one who you should be giving an autograph to. I had marked you as one of the ten people I wanted to meet in Pakistan”.

    The by-now embarrassed fan couldn’t believe his ears. For the discerning, he is my brother, Adnan Rehmat.

    Kamran Rehmat

  • I just bought his exploding mangoes book, excited to start reading it!

  • ^^^

    Better than saying, ‘exploding mangoes wala book’, but not by much, I’m afraid.

  • Wowie!! Congratulations girl! How cool are you? (hugs)
    Well done! You’re a super awesome writer and deserve that kind of appreciation.

    (Note to self: read the book already and stop slobbering over his punchy articles).

    On another note; I have actually had a few similar experiences myself (though I’m not mentioning any names) and I guess the internet is brilliant for that kind of interaction. I (heart) it too.

  • Oh, that’s cool!

    I can imagine the excitement. Well, you ARE an ace writer so while it is a good random thing to happen, why is it SO unexpected? :p

    Keep blogging! 😀

  • Way to go, Tazeen!

  • hey… mr. hanif… over here… psst, mr. hasnif… oi, exploding mangoes walay!

    i’ve even got a picture of you in my blog. so come on, its like now you have to come over…

    PS however, instead of e-mailing me when you feel compelled to compliment, please just write a long comment. thanks

    @ Tazeen

    i think this confirms “High Priestess” status

  • congrats Tazeen

  • that’s adorable of him.

    I can totally imagine how excited you must have been!

  • So how did he reach your site? Probably he was googling his name :-). What a ……

  • Ego Searching is all the rage. I don’t see why Mr. Hanif shouldn’t do it. I know I’ve done it!

    Of course, he could also be following some Pakistani blogs. I’d say ‘A Reluctant Mind’ is one of the more popular ones, so no surprises there either.

  • Oh how everything boils down to mud slinging.

    For the record, Mr. Hanif did not get here by googling himself and I am not sure if he has a google blog alert for his name. One of his friends sent him the link and that’s how he landed here.

  • Hi, I met Mr. Hanif in Mumbai. He was very polite and although I think he’s a better communicator through writing than speech (or maybe my red eyes made him nervous; I hadn’t slept the night before)–his sincerity shone through. So, no surprises that he was nice enough to send you an email, Taz. In any case, good going.

    Sajid

  • and WHAT is wrong with googling oneself even if he did?

    *peers about guiltily*

  • MashaAllah Tazeen – that is a good reason to be Happy 🙂

  • Hi, Tazneen,
    I guess this is from the other end. I have just published a novel, ‘A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage’ and I would like to send it to you. It’s up to you to read it, review it, give it away…
    Then why do I want to send it? I guess because I have no other contact in Pakistan.
    So please mail me your address, at manjushree.abhinav@gmail.com.

  • way to go tazeen ji! 🙂

  • Hey Taz –

    That’s awesome! Very cool to get some high profile notice, especially from such a respected audience. How exciting … now if I could only do something about chickenmonkeydog … ha-ha!

  • Congratulations! 🙂

  • rather late here but since wishes never are..Congratulations!You do write darn well!:)

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