Sep 06, 2018
Mehreen Alavi | September 6, 2018
This week we shed the spotlight on blogger, Miss Chatter, who has successfully launched her vlog series. Miss Chatter has been successful in juggling her demanding corporate job, her family and continuing her vlog, something she loves doing. We asked Miss Chatter a few questions about her and her blog.
Tell us about yourself.
I belong to an army background, educated in Pakistan for the former years of my life after which I moved to UK to pursue higher education. I started a Vlog channel by the name of Miss Chatter in July 2017 and within 100 days of formation, the page crossed over a million views. I started off with my mini-series called ‘Love letters to my country’. The name is pretty self-explanatory. The ideas was to showcase the positive facets of life in Pakistan while acknowledging the challenges we face. In my Vlogs you will see beautiful Vlog about old Lahore and the amazing village life while also sensitive topics like role of transgender, living as a religious minority in Pakistan being discussed openly.
Nothing means more to me than my happiness and I am very selfish in that manner.
Luckily for me, my happiness is associated with the right things in life. I am people’s person and believe giving to others will make you more content in life.
How did the idea for Miss Chatter come about?
Living in the UK for over 7 year I have always felt that the West has misinformed and distorted view of Pakistan.I have often found myself explaining to my friends abroad, why I love travelling to Pakistan every opportunity I get. Miss Chatter happened quiet coincidentally when I found myself at the airport’s duty free electronics shop after my flight to Pakistan was delayed for 6 hours. All hail to Pakistan International Airlines! Luckily for me, I am quiet a spontaneous person and ended up buying a camera to start making videos to show people the Pakistan I know. That day I had no idea what I was going to film, and if so I ever would put them online.
Tell us about the whole Miss Chatter experience?
Its been a wonderful experience to say the least. My mom is my biggest fan and is always asking me to put more videos so she can see them and show them to her friends. I feel I have created a community of people who share my perspective, and collectively our voice can make a difference. This experience has made me explore different aspects of my personality that might have never surfaced otherwise.
What’s the best part about running your own Vlog?
Every Vlog has a story behind it. From how and when I conceived the idea, to different influences along the way, to how it evolves at editing stage. I think this process is really engaging, especially when you have an amazing fan base. I love putting my work in front of them.
What are some of the problems you’ve faced?
On a personal level, the biggest challenge I face is striking a balance between my demanding corporate job, family and Miss Chatter. It is a personal commitment with very little immediate benefit. You must really be persistent and patient. Finding that self drive can be challenging after a challenging day at work.
How would you describe women empowerment?
I have never perceived men and women as equals, nor one superior than the other. For me, it’s about embracing the differences, both psychological and physical.
A study about gender difference at work place found that women were much more suited for position of power in some industries possibly because of traits like empathy and high emotional intelligence in women meant they were natural leaders.
Men and women are like apples and oranges, neither is better than the other. Both are different and cannot be replaced by the other.
For me women empowerment is more about embracing your uniqueness and using it to your advantage to negotiate our reality.
How important do you think freedom of movement is for women empowerment?
One of the biggest challenges women in Pakistan face is confinement leading to deprivation of socio-enviormental stimuli that limit growth. We are not short of exceptional women in the study of science, arts and business. However from my experience of conversations with people from all around the world, I have always felt we as a nation have the most delicate super-ego. The fear of ’Log kia kahain gai’ (“what will people say?”), ‘Meri izzat ki baat hai’ (“what about my reputation?”) and the possibility of our self-imposed reputation in society being challenged forces us to deprive our children of a fair chance of ‘pursuit to happiness’.
Let me explain to you in simpler words, imagine a pair of twins, a boy and a girl. For the boy mundane tasks like ‘Imran, bahir se dahi le ao’ (Imran, go to the market for yoghurt.” is teaching many life lessons including social interaction, problem solving and responsibility. Where are the girl twin is deprived of the stimuli that would urge her to explore and develop these areas. Over a period of twenty odd years the difference in areas of development can be stark.
You can watch her vlogs here.