So my name is Faraya and I’m from Pakistan. I’m currently an Art & Design student and even teach arts to beginners as well as help out my fellow students as a teachers assistant! Art is one of my biggest passions and I love everything about it; whether I’m losing my mind making an oil painting but can’t get the shades right to finally finishing and admiring the final piece after hours spent working on it. Though that might be a bit too much information since this is the first time I’m speaking to you.
One of my favourite places to visit, and one you definitely go to if you ever find yourself here, has to be the northern areas of Pakistan. Filled with snowy peaks and breath-taking views, it is one of the most visited places here. I even went there on a school trip during the winters where my friends and I had a huge snowball fight (kinda proud to say my team managed to win.) Though if you want a more personal recommendation, I’d suggest going to Bahawalpur. While, yes, it is a desert and yes, in the mornings it is excruciatingly hot, some of my fondest memories are from that place. All the way from boat rides on the river Indus (and spotting some blind river dolphins!) to riding a Dala at top speed through the dunes; going there was one of the most fun I’ve ever had.
On the subject of having fun, one of my favourite hobbies (apart from arts, obviously) is reading books. I absolutely love getting lost within fictional worlds, deeply wishing they were real. I can spend hours on end going through the pages without even realising how much time has passed. One of my all-time favourite reads has to be the whole collection of series by Cassandra Clare. She weaved a whole universe by writing various series based on the past, present and (soon-to-be-released) future of all the characters, their ancestors and predecessors. I highly suggest, if you ever find the time, to read through the books and be part of the Shadowhunter universe. It will definitely be worth it!
Changing the direction of this conversation completely: food. I love it. There are so many different types of food all over the world, each with their own blends of spices or combination of flavours, I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied unless I’ve had at least one of everything. Though being partial to more savoury and spicy food myself, I love my traditional foods like Nihari, Biryani and Haleem. Funnily enough, that is exactly what my mom made for us throughout this week. If you haven’t ever had even one of these foods before, I encourage you to try them. They are absolutely delicious. Though when it comes to snacks, I have a soft spot for these spicy gummies called ‘Chilli Milli’, which I just really enjoy snacking on when I crave something sweet and spicy.
I thought this initiative was really fun and I am looking forward to learning about you too. Hopefully, you found at least some of things I talked about relatable or intriguing and maybe enjoyed reading it as much as I liked writing it.
Waiting for your letter!
Faraya Hassan 🙂