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"VOF Week 4: (WAY TO CONQUER)."

I always wanted to write. I wanted to tell my story and of those around me. As a kid I used to write down whatever I felt or thought. Being hypersensitive I wrote a lot. After pouring my heart out I would then shred the paper fearing someone might read it. Looking back I think I was afraid of exposing my thoughts and vulnerabilities to others. I didn’t have the confidence to speak out.

I really loved writing as I found it cathartic (I still do). Being a very good student I was expected by the family to join the medical profession (it was and still is a norm here) but my heart was somewhere else. After graduating in science (I scored really well) my parents were stumped when I applied for the Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism in Kashmir University. They had no idea what I was upto even after I cleared the entrance test. What really drove me to it was the prospect of writing, expressing ideas, reporting, telling stories. I found a world that I felt comfortable in. My parents as always were supportive.

This was the first decision that was only mine (apart from my decision to remain a plain Jane just to break the stereotype). The others taken so far were mine as well, as my parents were always cooperative, but they were influenced by my conditioning, society, culture, family and much more. This was the first decision I had taken just for myself.

As I was about to leave the university and join the world of journalism I got a job opportunity in a local organization. It was not related to my field. At home I cried myself hoarse saying that I didn’t want to join. My family left the decision to me. That really put me in a fix. I had to choose between a secure job with a decent salary and the world of unknown (trainee journalist). I knew a lot of people who were getting exploited in the name of internship/traineeship and was sure to enjoy the same fate atleast for a few years. I choose the former as I needed financial independence.

I don’t regret my decision but the thing that bothered me was that I have failed to follow my dream. I recently met a batch mate who started telling me that I was lucky that I had got such a job and how she was getting exploited at every corner.

‘If you want something badly enough, the whole world is going to conspire, to give it to you’ this quote from Alchemist used to haunt me. I started to do a bit of freelancing and my organization also shifted me to a relevant department; Corporate Communication.

Being a Correspondent for World Pulse will connect me back to my dreams left unfulfilled. It is never too late remember. As I gauge from the activity in PulseWire it will help me grow, present my views, tell my stories, problems and that of my people. I can learn a lot as well. I belong to a conflict region and there are so many untold stories.

I want to be a Correspondent because I see it helping me to fulfill my dreams. It will help me in bringing forth the stories of my people, my region especially women who have suffered so much. Their problems are not considered all important because mere survival tops the priority list in a conflict region. The best part of being a Correspondent for World Pulse, that sets it apart; is of finding Solutions.

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Tanya's picture

Dear Nusrat, I am actually a

Dear Nusrat,

I am actually a little surprised that you are not working for a newspaper. I thought you were and that it was one of the reasons, why you went around looking for and reporting the stories that you have till date on World Pulse. In which case, your work is even more commendable! I'm pretty sure you will be selected as one of the correspondents. Not just for the effort, but because your writing is compelling and comes off as being sincere.

Goodluck! :)

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks

I always thought it was pretty difficult for people to understand this urge. I thought only students of mass communication and journalism know. My mom doesn't but my grandmother does. She shares the urge with me. She wants me to never stop writing. Life is full of paradoxes.
Thank you very much for appreciating and also for the support. It gives one a high.What else do we want :)

Love
Nusrat

Nusrat

alikatz's picture

Assignment 4 has been read

Dear Nusrat,
I really enjoyed reading all your journal entries. You do have a gift in your writing! Your job now is not hurting you in fulfilling your dreams, it is giving you opportunities you are not even aware of. Keep up your writing, and whether it is as a correspondent for World Pulse or in some other area you will be heard.
Good Luck and great job on your last assignment.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks

Thanks for bring so generous and kind.

Love
Nusrat

Nusrat

harinees's picture

Your story

Nusrat

Your style of writing is amazing - so personal and well written. I enjoyed reading it. As a reviewer, I would have really liked to see a better elaboration on your vision for your community/world - just as you have a detailed a clear vision for yourself.

Overall, good job! I have also read some of your other articles, and as someone else mentioned here, I wouldn't have guessed you weren't already a journalist. I love how you have used photograph attachments in your articles - I haven't seen too many others do that.

Harinee

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Harinee Thanks for the

Dear Harinee

Thanks for the kind words. I think writing comes naturally to people. I am a trained journalist. It is just that I only studied and never actually went full time into the field. I would love to go back to it full time but as you know life is not so simple.

Nusrat

marietta64's picture

hi

What do you mean - by finding solutions?
And how did you join my group,my dear?

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Marie The aim of

Dear Marie

The aim of Pulsewire is not only bringing the problems of women and their communities to the fore but also try finding solutions for these. And I guess that is what sets it apart. And which group are you talking about.I didn't get it. Please let me know.

Nusrat

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear are you asking me to

Dear are you asking me to join it.

Love
Nusrat

Nusrat

JaniceW's picture

Congratulations

Your dream has come true and you are truly a citizen journalist speaking out from the heart. I am so happy that you have the opportunity to move forward with VOF so that you can share with us the conflicts facing women in impoverished areas of India. I look forward to reading more from you and wish you the very best.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks dear. I hope and pray

Thanks dear. I hope and pray it turns out to be rocking.

Nusrat

Katie McDonald's picture

Congratulations

Congratualations on becoming a Voices of the Future Correspondent.

Best wishes.

Katie

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for the good wishes

Thanks for the good wishes and encouragement.

Nusrat

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