One on one with Samiha Zubair


(Dr. Samiha Zubair is the author of Reneging Quiescence)

“As how you soar is just one law of perception

For if denied landing even flight becomes an inescapable prison.”

This is a verse from Samiha Zubair’s book of poetry, which is also the author’s favourite. Reneging Quiescence was published by Beyond Sanity Publishing, a small but up and coming publication house. The author who initially started off as a doctor and teacher ventured into the profession of writing because of ‘fate’, as she likes to call it.

Speaking to The Kollective, Samiha told us about her passion for writing as a young child. Even though she started writing poems a few years ago, she has been writing stories since she was very young. Her inspiration comes not from a particular person but rather everything around her.

“It is my surroundings, interaction with people and how I perceived that influenced my writing”, says Samiha.

Once she started writing poetry and received positive comments from those nearest to her, there was no looking back.

Samiha’s book of poetry is something that she hopes people will relate to easily. According to her, anyone who admires the written word and expression of emotions will find the book an easy read.

She also hopes those interested in writing poetry in Pakistan will continue to struggle and not give up. “If I can do it so can anyone”, she remarks.

Of course we think she’s being modest when she says this, but in essence her remarks make sense. Writers in Pakistan have to struggle a lot before they achieve something or find someone who believes in their work – persistence, thus, is extremely important for an aspiring writer.

For Samiha, being a published poet would mean the most when her written word has an impact on those who read it. “Being recognized is something everyone likes”, she says,

“The real satisfaction is when you see that someones perception is modified enough to be effectively implemented in his life,” she adds.

Reneging Quiescence is a book about not being silenced.

According to the author, “not to be silenced for wrong things is a base solution to many problems,” is what defines the book in a sentence.

She also adds that people should consider this book as a friend who will be there for them when they feel like talking. She hopes that it will help readers realize the reality of the testament that there is always hope, and that someday things will get better.

“We sometimes have no choice as stopping to hope is stagnancy for life”, she remarks at the end of the interview.

So there you have it – a book of poetry about hope, looking forward and continuing to speak up.

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  1. Salam,
    I wanted to thank Rahima for poviding me a platform to express myself. Just one correction that in young age in my secondary school, write ups were very rare maybe two three only but was not writing frequently though loved to and still do to write books.

    • Thanks for your encouraging comment. I am working on my second book and it spans disparate colors just as world was not same when my first book got published.


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