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I grew up in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, (1977 to 1993) after which I have lived in the United States (Baylor University, Texas) and the United Arab Emirates (AUS, Sharjah) before moving back to Lahore in 2007.
I studied at the American University of Sharjah (affiliated with the American University of Washington) to secure my professional degree in Architecture. I worked in Dubai for several years, after which I moved back to my birthplace, Lahore, Pakistan in 2008.
I worked for a housing society, Sukh Chayn Gardens, where my projects have includes the Mavi Mosque, Palm 1 Avenue, McDonald’s along with multiple numbers of homes and farmhouses.
While in my eighth year of working at Sukh Chayn Gardens, I joined an extensive course in psychotherapy at Therapyworks in 2016. I completed Level III (Certificate in Humanistic Counselling) and Level IV (Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling).
I left my job as an architect in 2018 (after having worked there for a decade) and fully involved myself in my career: psychotherapy. Today, I am working (under supervision) as a psychotherapist with TherapyWorks in Lahore.
This new career path that I have chosen feels like a true calling to me, where I am living my life with authenticity and with a fulfilling purpose.
I got into writing when friends started enjoying my mini movie reviews on Facebook. One thing led to another and I started my blog here. I write mostly about books and movies and have recently added travel to my list. I have to admit- I am not a writer, nor do I have any formal training in writing. I just write from my heart, or whatever is on my mind.
I started my blog back in 2004 when I was in Saudi Arabia. Back then, I was blogging on Blogger.com but now I have switched over to WordPress and was able to get my own domain. I aim to just compile all my writings on this blog: book and movie reviews, restaurant reviews, travel experiences.
I have been fortunate enough to have published my book reviews in The Good Life, a magazine that comes out from Royal Palm Golf and Country Club (this has been discontinued). I was also privileged enough to work as a contributor to The Huffington Post. A few of my articles have been published in The Nation newspaper as well.
At the end of the day, my life is consumed with gratitude, which I believe is the root of achieving happiness and peace in life.
Thank you for taking the time out to read. If you feel like getting in touch with me, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message/ Whatsapp me on +92-347-4004-777.