My most recent profile in a Newspaper has the headline I am most comfortable with; I feel it most accurately describes me without any hyperbole.
I have never been comfortable with the pedestal I am put on. Truth is, I am only human and I continue to make mistakes.
My social criticisms are born out of a passion for this country and our society. They should not imply I am better than anyone else, which is I employ 'us' and 'we' in my writings.
I have actually learned a lot from Hamza Ali Abbasi. His posts make me introspect whether I too come off as "holier than thou" in my work and may seem egoistical.
Truth is, I have been as vulnerable as I possibly can be publicly. The reason I share personal experiences is in hope that people learn from my mistakes.
Just yesterday a student recalled a story. 3 years ago, as a 19 year old kid, he came to my stand up comedy class and told a couple of sexist jokes about girls at Dhabas and his teacher and I criticized him for it. Truth is, I probably made sexist jokes when I was 19 also. I was so proud of the student to have the introspection at age 22 to reflect on this experience, learn from it and message me about it.
My apologies if my criticism came off as harsh, and my apologies if ever my criticism to anyone has been harsh.
I acknowledge, I learn and I grow is the new motto I am living by, and I am loving it.
We're all in this together. In an era of cancel culture, let's learn to give people another chance.
That 19 year old kid probably hated me because I told him his jokes were sexist but he gave me another chance and I am honestly so thankful. I will learn from his kindness and do the same for others.
We all make mistakes. Let's acknowledge, learn and grow.
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