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Introducing myself and my journal: Silent Fingers

About Me:
“I mend myself at dawn, only to be broken at dusk by the jabbing on the soul from the weakening pulses of the World’s slowing heart."

Stemming from a country with just one-percent land and ninety-nine percent sea -- Maldives, “a self-selling Sunny Paradise” -- I seek ways to shed light into parts of the society living in the shadows of their "bargained" Hell. I aim to venture into the hushed voices of screaming hearts of the underprivileged and marginalized people -- both within and beyond my one-percent of existence.

Resurrected as Ishtar Zikr, a nomadic soul journeying through the "caravans" within the self -- sojourning at lives of voiceless strangers, I strive to spin the threads of my innermost dialects over the fibers of the world's outlying dialogue -- weaving both milieus into one unified existence, through a creative discourse.

www.laafenn.wordpress.com

My Passions:
Photography, Poetry, Writing, Art, Vernacular Architecture, Music, Art-house Cinema, Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Expressions of Folklore and Traditional Knowledge

My Challenges:
Paving a "humane" path between the minds and hearts of the privileged, through "voiceless" realities prevailing in humanity.

My Vision for the Future:
A world of purged hierarchical differences -- setting an environ of fair rights and justice through equality.

Comments

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hello

Hello Ishtar,

You have such a poetic sense in your writing. I have a friend through WP, AMEI, who is also from Maldives so I know a little bit about the beauty and the beast of your country. I look forward to your sharing more with us.

You have a big heart,

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Ishtar Zikr's picture

Thank you, Wendy!

Hello Wendy,

Thank you so much, Wendy, for writing, and leaving your kind words. I am just a simple voice out here, trying to speak through the language of my soul telling "hushed stories" -- hoping that it reaches the ears of the world. And I am sure with the help of wonderful souls like yourself, my voice shall resonate louder.

Yes, you are right, Wendy, Maldives too has its fairytales and nightmares. And I believe it is time we show our real "unmade" face to the world, rather than the "dolled-up" one. Thanks for mentioning Amei. Since, I am new here, I look forward to reach out to other fellow Maldivians here.

I read a bit about you project on helping street orphans, and I think it's an amazing cause. Wishing much blessings to you and your journey!

Regards,
Ishtar

Deqa's picture

Dear Ishtar, Welcome to World

Dear Ishtar,

Welcome to World Pulse. You have taken a huge step towards world peace and social justice achievement by joining World Pulse. I am so happy to have you on our team.

You have a great potential and a lot to contribute to your community and here at World Pulse. As Wendy mentioned you sure have a poetic style of writing and its beautiful. I loved reading your introduction. We look forward to your contributions.

This is a great platform to contribute, and share your stories, and participate in campaigns that affect women across the world. Feel free to browse through the stories and we look forward to having you participate in our campaigns. Please read The Getting Started Guide: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide
Currently, Girls Transform the World campaign and Maternal Health campaign is ongoing.

Looking forward to reading more from you!!!
Love from Somalia
Deqa

Dear Deqa,

Thank you for being among the first to welcome me at this platform. I hope my tiny step too would count in our march towards world peace. Sure, "in bits we are, but as one".

Dear Deqa, I so appreciate your lovely words towards my writing -- I feel humbled. My only weapon in any battle is my pen. And I shall always make sure that it stays honest to its ink.

Lovely of you to share the current campaign, I shall read up and try to contribute in anyway I could. And, hats off to your efforts and battles in educating the young generations. Wonderful wonderful work, Deqa!
Stay in touch!

Love and best wishes,
Ishtar Zikr

Hello dearest Ishtar :)

I am so very glad to see you join us over here.

Your debut over here is just so beautiful - I would not have expected anything less from your silent fingers.
We Maldivians are such creative people yet somehow suppressed through a hidden force. Or is it hidden?

Anyways, I look forward to your writings. Your voice through your pen will certainly make our cries louder and more musical and mystical at the same time. A lethal combination I should say :)

With lots of love
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Hello there,

Finally it's lovely to greet you as Aminah!
Aminah you always have nice things to say about me. What more can I say than repeat my words of appreciation. Thank You! I think you are doing a great job here. A strong voice you have become. And yes, sometimes I wish to write differently too, rather than my usual "honey-nectar-poetic" way. Lol!

Hmm, you have posed a very interesting question here. Indeed, we Maldivians are quite a creative and intelligent people, giving evidence to this are the brilliant achievements of students and others' in the international arena. Are we suppressed -- No, I don't believe so -- at least not by hidden forces. I think this "oppression" is something we, especially women, have burdened upon ourselves by succumbing to our own shortcoming. Now, being a woman myself, and speaking in this manner may sound a little unfair to some, but, I think only a Maldivian woman, especially those from our mothers' and grandmothers' generation will be able to fully fathom what I mean.

By the way, I always wonder what it is that made "us" give in. Did you know that Maldives were once a strong Matriarchy. We were ruled by Queens, for centuries -- some of the most influential one's in the region too. Even after conversion to Islam we have had many Queens ruling over the people, no? Maldivian women weren't illiterate people, nor are they even now. Then why, such a sudden change in our strength to hold up against the world?

Hmm, have I said too much already? Lol.
Well, Aminah, I really look forward to team up with the few Maldivians on worldpulse in efforts to portray ourselves in our truest and honest selves.

Love and regards,
Ishtar Zikr :)

SSD's picture

hurrah !

And, who do we have here? A woman who is a brilliant writer and speaks from the spaces in her heart.

As Aminah has wonderfully stated her thoughts, I must echo them as well. Welcome to World Pulse ! I hope you discover a plethora of the best at this platform. I am certain you shall relish this space - as it has the humanness in being a human - something you can instantly connect as a Maldivian who strives to capture her country's vein.

Best wishes for your success. Keep penning !

Cheers,
ssd

Cheers,
Shaheen

Ishtar Zikr's picture

*bow*

Dearest Shaheen, your words touch me most, as my reason for being here on worldpulse is you -- your encouragement and faith in me -- telling me always to strive for something 'more'. It is (in your own words) "the humaneness" in you that you see good in others through humility in your humane heart.

Kheili Mamnoon! I am honored to be here, and I have so much to learn from hearts like yours.

Regards,
Ishtar

SSD's picture

Hi !

One ought to participate in the campaign -- which brings forth differences, thus, good luck with your contribution -- sometimes we all need a close analysis with 'human perspective', to learn such realities. I feel sometimes people lack ethics and morals, they ruin lives but have no conscience -- they are blinded by their own blemishes. Ah, well, I am sure, your campaign contribution may echo parts of my message, you see, that, would be a wonderful 'Human perspective' collaborated, Ms. Azeez.

Cheers,
Shaheen

Ishtar Zikr's picture

Salaam

Your shared thoughts pierced, Shaheen.. Thank you.

SSD's picture

True, that !

true, that !

Cheers,
Shaheen

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