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Most interviews I conduct, are usually with friends.. or with people I somewhat know. And I am often accused of overstating my friends’ qualities in my articles. I don’t quite believe I overstate them, I rather FOCUS on the good things. In times when highlighting each other’s weaknesses is in fashion, the least we can do for our friends, is acknowledge their strengths.
Speaking of friends, I do not recall a point in time where Aay and myself would be ‘friends’, so to speak. For me, she has always been the ‘enemy’, mainly because of her allegiances to my enemies; but her own demeanor towards me did not help me shape better judgement about either. She would appreciate my getting a-kicked from #Lahore, for example… She would facilitate a slithering parasite like Diamond through her interview to bark flaming against me and her demeanor towards me, in my opinion, would mostly be… condescending.
So when I invited her for an interview, I didn’t know what to expect from it. There were a few challenges that came with interviewing Aay. She obviously wasn’t my friend… writing an unbiased introduction for her article would’ve been a challenge. There was a great probability that most of the answers she would give, would serve as a pun on me. Suffice to say, I expected it to be a complicated and dubious affair… But I knew.. that she was a brilliant journalist and I had to do an article with her on strictly professional grounds. More like a battle of wits, Sine Missione, between the only two ̶g̶l̶a̶d̶i̶a̶t̶o̶r̶s̶ journalists IRC had ever seen.
Anyway, the interview was conducted… took an awful long time with 4 different sessions in as many days. But by the time it was done, we had developed a certain rapport. She was just different than how she had me believe she was all this while. I don’t know it would be friendship or mutual respect or just appreciation for each other’s work ethic, but my opinion about Aay drastically changed within those 4 days. She was suddenly an enemy whom I had probably started to respect? Or no longer an enemy at all, may be?
It was at THIS point, when I knew that this article is going to pose a much greater challenge for me than any article before it; I was genuinely confused on how to approach the intro for it! So I decided that rather than writing the conventional prelude along the lines of “Haye, Aay boht achi hai, us main ye quality hai, who quality hai”, I will rather dissect Aay’s persona to explain to myself, and my readers, that why she is the way she is.
To explain this predicament, I would quote an interesting analogy about Super Heroes:Dauntless
The super hero movies and comics are in fashion these days. Recent movies of MC and DC Universes have immortalized characters like Ironman, Thor, Thanos, Captain America, Spiderman et al. The staple of any superhero mythology is that there is the superhero and there is an alter-ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spiderman is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he is Peter Parker… he has to wear a costume to BECOME Spiderman. And it is in that characteristic, one super hero stands alone…. THE SUPERMAN!
You see, the Superman didn’t BECOME Superman, Superman was BORN Superman, unlike any other super hero. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him, those are his clothes. His alter ego is Clark Kent. And whatever Kent wear – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with rest of us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward! Clark Kent is how Superman VIEWS us; Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race. And it is at THIS point, my friends, lies the analogy; with the persona of Aay!
Aay’s real name is A*****! And A**** is not only a different name than Aay, but a drastically different persona as well. A***** is kind, and compassionate; her voice oozes honesty… she’s a woman of substance!
Aay? Aay is the consume, the mask… Aay is the ARMOR she wears before she jumps into the trenches with the rest of us! The cold, calculating and exacting persona of ‘Aay’ is that woman’s natural defense mechanism against us; it is how she VIEWS us. It is what she knows she has to BECOME, for self preservation. Aay is A*****’s shell from which she does not get out… which she doesn’t let anyone in! All considered, it is incredibly prudent, at least on IRC. But it is a great loss for people who could use a superhero in their lives.
As my final thought on the subject, I would address you directly, Aay; and the thought is simple: You may wear the armor of “Aay” for as long as your can. But every morning you wake up, you will still be A*****… and just like superman, THAT is the real super hero which you are!
Stop being Clark Kent…. be the SUPERMAN. There are people out there, who deserve that. There is a woman underneath your armor, who deserves to be recognized!
Shae: Aay is sweet and intelligent. She knows everyone and knows how to deal with most of them as well. Very respected in the channel.
Cupid: She is decent, less talkative and a good sense of humor she has. Her capacity of kindness is infinite. May she lives a long and happy life.
Marlboroman: Aay is an amazing person with in whom you can confide whatever and know that you will get support at the end. She is a well balanced, helpful and very polite person. I haven’t come across anyone or irc who would sacrifice for you as much as Aay would. If she’s not your friend you are at loss trust me. Rarely, just very rarely, she exhales black thick smoke (super angry mode) like a suzuki dabba climbing up the hill. Beware of that! :p
Khurram: Aay.. The name of style.. The name of Aura.. One of the most coolest ladies that you will see in this IRC world… Have never seen her complain about any thing… I have always found her in a good mood ready for a laugh or two.. Role model for many ladies here… Fikar na faqa aish kar kaka..
SledgeHammer: Most graceful and polite person I’ve met ever since I started using IRC, actually made IRC an interesting place for me!
Culprit: I might jokingly say she’s “khurant” (in the meaning of an old nosy lady), but we all know that’s not true at all. So when I say “khurant”, read “DABANG!”. I’ve not known Aay for long, but as much as I’ve known her, she has been one of the most understanding people I’ve ever met on IRC. The fact that she doesn’t take me seriously, speak loads about her intelligence. She is the right amount of funny when she needs to be, and right amount of serious when the situation demands. In the end, I would like to say, Aay, if there comes a time when you are at one side of a riveand the all the rest of the IRC is on the other side, you shall find me standing on your side, Always.
Muskan_: Aay is nice & caring friend.. easy going person.. and most important she knows how to handle everyone.. i really like her way of talking… Lots Of Wishes for You Aay.. May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds & life-long happiness.. Ameen
Neeni: Aay is a sweet and good to talk to, and i think she makes good food
SweetJaan: She is friendly, gets along with everyone… sweet to talk to.
Revenge“: Aay is a mature sensible and a sweet girl. She is friendly with people, yet maintains a respectful distance always.
Baad-e-Saba: she is kind person down to earth, chat with very selected users, give good advice. Backbone of #Lahore
Racer: THERE ARE SOME DAYS WHEN YOU ARE HAVING VERY BERRY STRAWBERRY MIXED WITH MANGO ICE CREAM FROM BASKIN ROBBINS, YOU ARE IN YOUR EMPTY ZONE THINKING ABOUT NOTHING AND HAVING YOUR MOMENT OF SOLACE, YOU SNAP BACK TO REALITY AND YOU THANK GOD THAT YOUR TEETH AREN’T TICKLISH AND THAT YOU HAVE AAY AS ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS. AAY, ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD MET IN REAL LIFE, AFTER YOU INTERACT WITH THEM ON IRC. NOT ONLY IS SHE AN AMAZING FRIEND, BUT A FANTASTIC HUMAN BEING. SHE IS ALWAYS COMPOSED, ALWAYS KNOWS HOW TO CARRY A CONVERSATION, MASHALLAH SHE HAS TOO MUCH “SABR”, ALWAYS ACTS AS THE MATURE ONE BETWEEN THE TWO, AND SHE PROBABLY MAKES SNORKKKK MIMIMIMIMI SOUNDS WHEN SHE SLEEPS. IF SHE HAD POWERS SHE WOULD PROBABLY TURN LAHORE MAIN TO A BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY. SHE BELIEVES IN GIVING PROPLE A SECOND CHANCE, SHE BELIEVES YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING GOOD IN. EVERYONE, AND SHE DESERVES ALL THE BEST. SO WHAT IF SHE DOESN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “CARROT” AND “TIMATAR”, SHE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO IRC AND LAHORE THAN THE YOUTUBE TO MP3 CONVERTER.
(Note from Dauntless: Can someone fucking ask this guy^ to stop writing in CAPS?)
Question: Tell me something about yourself. Ideally, something which is not common knowledge.
Answer: that I get hurt with the blink of an eye and cry just as easily. It is very easy to make me feel bad about myself and that is my biggest weakness I believe
Question: What made you join IRC? And why do you use it?
Answer: I wanted to talk to people, socialize online and searched “chatrooms” on google when IRCcloud popped up. I got what I was looking for. People to talk to. Didn’t have any friend back then.
Question: Do you prefer being anonymous on IRC? If Yes, Why?
Answer: Yes. Because Im a very shy person in real and like to keep my personal life out of here. I have made a few friends over the years, a few now know me personally. But to others I’d rather stay anonymous.
Question: Have you thought about meeting anyone from IRC in RL? If yes, who? If not, Why the hell not?
Answer: Oh yes. I have been wanting to meet with Ishkaa but that never happened. Racer as well. So yeah I have THOUGHT about it but it just didn’t happen yet
Question: Who on IRC do you like/dislike the most? One nick for each.
Like: Racer, he is the definition of Loyalty and Friendship
I don’t like this guy Chap1 whoever he is because he said things about my mom although I don’t even know who he is
Question: Who is the person whom you wish you had met in RL, not through IRC?
Answer: No one, really
Question: Who is the person you think about when you are not on IRC?
Answer: No one. People I need to talk to are in touch with me in RL
Question: What’s your worst memory from IRC?
Answer: I have recently been ditched by someone I was really really good with!! So yeah that’s another bad moment. The realization that you’ve been used! Ditched as in not getting the treatment you expect someone to give you or which you think you deserve for being good to them
Question: What is the hottest (Most Catchy) nick you find on IRC? What is the least attractive nick?
Answer: Most Attractive: SledgeHammer / Least attractive = m48lhr
Question: What was the weirdest conversation you have overheard on IRC?
Answer: Weirdest shit I have heard has been about Diamond mostly. Most of which I find hard to believe. Suna tha ke Freak had asked her to do cyber with her or was blackmailing her to do so. Lol. Weird AF
Question: What was the most uncomfortable thing you’ve had to do out of politeness on IRC?
Answer: Interviewing people. I am NOT good at talking to people at a personal level. I’m not good at eliciting responses. Or so I believe. I get uncomfortable, yes. But I do it for my friends.
Question: Name one of your enemies on IRC which you would rather wish to be friends with?
Answer: None, If I’m not on good terms with them then its for some very valid reason lol
Question: Who is your IRC crush?
Answer: Well, I think it was Galvarino, for a short while lol. Solely because of his looks. Not anymore -_- From as much as I observed him, found him to be arrogant and disrespectful. That’s a serious turn-off for me. Crushed my crush!
Question: Did you ever dress up like a school girl and got your ass spanked?
Answer: LOL, No!
Question: Tell one of your darkest fantasies?
Answer: Alright (not dark but) I have always had this secret wish/fantasy… of meeting someone one day, and to have this instant connection with them, a feeling that is not temporary or materialistic but goes a long way. Kind of a spiritual connection. The only place I socialize is IRC so I always wanted that to happen over here
Question: Most embarrassing moments in RL?
Answer: Was caught “chatting” at work. There was a strict policy against using the internet or phone for personal entertainment. Lol That was embarassing. Oh and another one. Fainted a few times during assembly back in school days
Question: What do you notice in a guy/girl at first sight?
Answer: Okay I know this might sound silly but even at a glimpse, at the first sight.. I look for kindness in people. I’m attracted to people who are empathic
Question: Say a few words for Dauntless, Good & Bad!
Answer: Good – You seem to be good at heart because I have seen you forgiving people, you are friendly with most and have an excellent grasp on English vocabulary, a pro at that!
Bad= Even though you forgive people, you keep reminding them of how they’ve been and that’s mean because one should either forgive or not forgive at all. You get brutal when in your troll mode, can get vulgar even when you’re trying to piss others off. And almost always in an argument. Even if it’s friendly. Lol
Question: Who is your role model?
Answer: I had a role model, my Naana. He isn’t with us anymore but the way he lived his life and treated people in general, continues to inspire me in one way or the other.
Question: Which person In the world knows you the best?
Answer: Mom, my only khaala and a best friend!!
Question: What would your friends say about you?
Answer: Humorous, patient and trustworthy
Question: What is the question people ask you most often?
Answer: (On) IRC = What was your old nick? It was Dory / In RL: Aaj kal kia kar rahi ho? Answer= kuch nahi 😬
Question: Which one of the following, you’d never say to another person? A. Comment on their looks, B. Comment on Their Personal Lives, C. Comment on their careers, D. Shout at them!
Answer: A, I’ll tell them if they’ll look good but never say a word about it if they don’t.
Question: What is your greatest achievement?
Answer: 2013 is when my dad passed away. My life’s been on a rollercoaster since 2013. I think my greatest achievement is to have made it through it all, patiently and gracefully. Had to start working, lived in the UAE, then came back when I was needed here.
Question: What is your greatest failure?
Answer: Can’t think of any. I think whenever I have wanted to do anything, I did it with all my heart and made sure I don’t fail at it. I haven’t failed in any endeavour or role so far, Alhamdulillah
Question: What would you like to change about yourself?
Answer: Telling people on their face when they are being ungrateful or selfish. I seem to stay quiet instead. Also, I want to learn to say NO, when I’m really not willing to do something. I usually end up doing things I don’t want to, just because I didn’t refuse when I should have.
Question: What is the greatest injustice you’ve lived through?
Answer: Did intermediate after O’levels instead of A levels as I wanted to join a medical college later on and there are limited seats if you go there after A`levels. By the time I was finished with intermediate, I didn’t want to be a doctor anymore. Greatest injustice I did with myself was to go through the trauma of doing Intermediate after O’levels. Intermediate is hell after Cambridge system of education and testing
Question: If you have to choose between getting caught on a date and getting expelled from the university in final semester, which would you prefer and why?
Answer: Wow that’s tough…. I’d rather be caught on a date. I can make plenty of excuses to cover it up.
Question: If you have to choose between running into your ex with your husband, and running into your husband’s ex while you’re with him, which one would you prefer and why?
Answer: Running into my husband’s ex. That would be fun and fulfilling, if I can manage to make her jealous of my existence.
Question: If you have to choose between forgetting your speech in front of a crowd and getting caught cheating in an exam, which will you choose and why?
Answer: I’d rather forget a speech in front of a crowd. Can always go on talking about the topic until I figure out what I have forgotten, so it is less embarassing
Question: If you have to choose between a man with a bad breath/odor and a man with bad dressing sense, which one would you choose?
Answer: Will choose a man with a bad dressing sense, and don’t ask why
Question: If you have to choose between getting caught while cheating on your spouse and catching your spouse cheating on you, which one would you prefer?
Answer: Catching my spouse, of course… Why be the victim when I can be the daayan?
Question: If you have to choose between being a ruthless morally insane predator, or a helpless miserable prey, which one would you be?
Answer: Helpless, miserable prey. I think I fit the role better.
Question: If you had to choose between getting caught bunking the college by climbing the rear wall, or sending SMS to your dad which was intended for your boyfriend, which one would you choose?
Answer: Send a text msg to dad which was intended for bf. My messages almost never have “mele baby ne thaana thaaya?” “Uth gaya jaanu?” type of statements. So I’ll be safe.
Question: If you had to choose between being the most brilliant and famous woman in the world but staying single forever, and being the most ordinary woman whom no one would care to remember but having the most satiating romantic life, which one would you prefer?
Answer: I’d prefer to have a satiating romantic life
Question: Choose the following nicks in descending order from Most Favorite to least: Freak, Racer, SledgeHammer, Khurram, Marlboroman, Salaar?
Answer: 1. Freak, 2. Racer, 3. SledgeHammer, 4. Marlboroman, 5. Khurram 6. Salaar (Why are you making me do this? 😢)
Question: Choose the following nicks in ascending order (LEAST Favorite to MOST favorite): Muskan_, _Nyctophilliac, hbq, Shae, WebUser, miico, neeni?
Answer: (Least Favourite) Miico, _Nyctophilliac, Webuser, neeni, Muskan_, Shae, hbq (Most Favourite)
Question: What is the weirdest thing you have done while being alone?
Answer: Recently tried to dance like PIKOTARO – PPAP. That’s weird because he disgusts me!
|JohnnyBravo||6||Because I don’t know him well but higher than 5 because he seems like a good person|
|Laadla||8||always happy and cheerful. A rare quality even if it’s pretentious|
|Salaar||7||don’t know him very well but he seems to be a good friend of friends|
|la`pple||7||again don’t know her at all. But seems like a sensible lady|
|Cupid||6||reason same as JohnnyBravo’s|
|Anaarkali||6||seems to be respected by many. I like the way she carries on conversations on mains.|
|Miico||5||she’s a confused soul and likes to confuse others. I fail to understand her.|
|flawsome||9||sweet, full of patience and fun|
|_NyctOphiliaC||8||over-energetic. The kind of person needed on every channel to keep it alive and kickin|
|Meow_||6||haven’t had many good experiences with her but those who know her seem to love her|
|Freak||9||very kind at heart. -1 for all the times he has argued with me|
|LikeICare||7||talkative but just too sensitive|
|Neeni||10||love everything about her. She is fun, cheerful and empathic|
|Racer||10||stands by his friends and respect them. I feel honored that he calls me his friend|
|Blackcat||5||don’t know her and we don’t talk.|
|Diamond||7||for being a strong person. It takes courage to stand strong after all the hostility she has been subjected to (whatever the reasons for it)|
|Muskan_||8||too happy and too cheerful MashaAllah se! Keeps the mains running like a pro.|
|Marlboroman||9||Dependable, smart, very friendly and a happy soul|
|Sharp||N/A||Is that a nick?|
|Rathore||5||we almost don’t talk|
|Mahir||6||it feels good to know that someone wants to know how you are doing almost a dozen times a day. That’s Mahir|
|persephone`||8||likes me, bites me, hugs me! I think she’s adorable|
|Nazia||4||manipulative and disrespectful IMO. I only had 1 experience with her and this is what I’ve concluded.|
|Revenge`||7||seems like a fine lady. Pretty as well!|
|Anahita||8||Elegant and classy… and beautiful of course|
|Khurram||9||a very straight-forward guy. Stands for what is right and this I admire in him|
|Ishkaa||10||like her a lot|