“Everybody will miss everybody!”, was one of the last comments shared in the chat-box during the very last session of our Fellowship. Even after being told that the session had officially ended, none of us left the meeting. We all stayed. We all felt like staying so that the meeting did not end. We all felt like re-connecting. It was a sentimental moment for most of us, as we bid farewell to each other, while promising to maintain lifelong relationships as lifelong learners. The Fellowship proved to us that the duration of three months was nothing compared to the learning…


Click. I tapped. It was a click intended to ‘Submit My Application’. It was a click that was fueled by passion with a lot of uncertainty. It was a click that was eagerly waiting for a response, yet, unsure of the consequences. I still remember the day when I submitted my application for enrollment in the Career-Prep Fellowship Program at Amal Academy. After that single click, I became a part of a systematic process where I was informed about every stage, my progress and upcoming events. From the online application, till the video interview, till the group assessment session and…


Almost every fellow, every session, every activity and every meeting at Amal Academy has contributed significantly to my learning. However, one thing that has had the most powerful impact on my personality and mental development was the Mega Project in Amal’s Career-Prep Fellowship.

The Mega Project does not cover just an instant, rather, it is a series of instants, moments, discussions and lessons that changed the way I thought about myself and my ambitions. My group and I worked on a topic that is extremely close to my heart. I had always wanted to work on this topic, for this…


What a beautiful start to the year! The rise of 2021 became the talk of the town — not just for the town, but also during our precious weekend sessions hosted by the Amal Academy. We had recently been assigned a project that required us to collect funds for the Edhi Foundation, established in Pakistan. Within two weeks — just within two weeks — the magic had to take place! Yes, from the very first day of the brand new year, we all began to plan, devise strategies, and think of creative ideas to reach out to the people around…


A fresh, new day with a crazy to-do list right in front of me! Totally not a good start to the day, I must say 😢. Additionally, I have been slightly inclined towards repeatedly telling myself, “I’ll do this later!”, “Not now!”, and a lot more. In simple words, I have mastered the art of procrastinating — but, with all due respect, for all those reading this, I advise you NOT to try this at home! 😉

Procrastination — the barrier we create ourselves

As I looked at the list of tasks again, I tried to identify the chores which needed my attention right away — basically…


Five in number, but priceless in value — the Amal Totkay — are simple life lessons that one can adopt to develop a growth mindset.

Self-Talk: A beautiful practice that allows me to hear the voice inside me. It helps me speak to myself, express my concerns and demonstrate my feelings as explicitly as possible. Through self-talk, I can analyze my mindset and re-structure the way it thinks.

Get out of your comfort zone: A step towards taking action. A step that will lead me to results and a step that will bring me closer towards achieving bigger and better…


Experiences are valuable. They come with life-long lessons. They can be easy or challenging, but will always have a powerful impact on one’s life.

I have been living through an unpredictable experience since 2014. This experience revolves around witnessing the impact of a disease that despite having global existence, remains unfamiliar in Pakistan. I am referring to Dementia, a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities. My father began showing symptoms during 2014 until the very final and official diagnosis was made in 2015.

My father during a daytime nap, after a sleepless night

It is indeed, a challenge…


“How many children do you have?”, the doctor asked. There was no answer. “What is the date today?”, the doctor asked. “Seventeenth, uh, twentieth, roughly”, he exclaimed. “What is your wife’s name?”, the doctor raised a new question. This time, he was startled.

These were a set of typical questions which the neurologist asked my father during a medical check-up. This visit took place about five years ago, somewhere during 2015 — the first time my father’s medical condition was officially diagnosed.

Dementia is the name of multiple diseases, multiple conditions, caused by abnormal changes in the brain. The mental…


“Woah!”, I said to myself, as I stared at a pretty welcoming setup near me. It was the same sofa, the same folding table, and the same cushions that looked a lot better than before. I felt satisfied being a part of this room, knowing that the difference would be a source of admiration for my mother, who would be the first one to appreciate my effort whole-heartedly.

The ‘Before’ version of my immediate surroundings — Fixable state

The picture above displays the ‘before’ version of my immediate surroundings. This location is known as the ‘TV lounge’ of my house. In the TV lounge exists a very comfortable sofa that…


What a Blessing, it is. People crave for opportunities, while I had mine waiting for my attention. I had been assigned a DIY activity, where five different acts of kindness were to be demonstrated. I tried to utilize every possible opportunity that came my way. A summary of my productivity within 24 hours is shared below.

Moments of togetherness with my mother

The day started off with a cup of tea and a cupcake on my plate. However, something was missing. I decided to start the day by being super kind to my mother. All I needed to do was, offer her my ears, attention and…

Hajra Mirza

A simple, pure-hearted soul.

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