Book Launch Speech
9th August, 2016 - was such a surreal day for me. We were gathered to celebrate Pakistan 🇵🇰 Women’s Cricket Team at my book launch, a culmination of 6 year work that merely started as my thesis project at PGD Photography program at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in 2010.
For me, the experience was a deeply personal one. I saw so many stories walking down this path - stories of struggle, perseverance, pride and the passion of these women who had made our country proud - stories I will cherish and treasure for life.
Six years. At times I had wondered what made me hold on to this project for so long.
One of my greatest sources of inspiration has been Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s poetry and his reference to the youth as ‘Shaheen’ (eagle) as metaphor for courage, strength, and resilience.
I realized that during the course of this project, I was living my own dreams and aspirations through these women.
They were my eagles 🦅
Imagine if we were all to find Iqbal’s Shaheen in us, just like these women did.
In them, I see a new hope.
This book, ‘Women in Green and Beyond’ is my humble contribution to the changing gender conversation in Pakistan.
I hope it is able to bring the critical change in perception of women’s capabilities - not only in the field of cricket, but across different sports and disciplines in Pakistan, and beyond. .
About the book:
Foreword by: @sharmeenobaidchinoy
Supported by: Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood through BARD Foundation
GET YOUR COPY:
Pakistan | online and in stores at @libertybooks | kitabain.com | National History Museum Lahore
Amazon (link in bio) | UAE: @magrudys
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