Asiya Naqvi

Asiya Naqvi

of abstract nouns

ABSTRACT NOUN is something which has always been a kind of pandora's box for me .After all these years i have spent on this planet, i have seen so many miseries ,tragedies and calamities but at the end everything stops at one very old concept -'abstract noun '.What is this abstract noun?.As i recall, it is something which one cannot touch ,cannot see but can feel.One day while i was doing the dishes, a series of scenes crossed by my eyes and to my surprise, all these scenes were coming out from that very pandora box which warmed my freezed fingers to move on the keyboard .Interesting thing about my thought is, it always visits my brain while i am struggling with the filth which we have created as a civilization and as individuals and we want it to be washed by others .The "other" who is nothing but an abstract noun. we cannot see them ,we cannot touch them but we can feel them .I felt the presence of this noun lying without clothes braving spine chilling winds. i felt the agony and forced my eyes to give the approval .I tried to touch him with my warm hands but i couldn't as he was an abstract noun .I heard the hues and cries from an auto passing by. i tried to see the pain within but couldn't as one cannnot perceive perfectly. I tried to wipe out the tears and to hold his hands but I failed .I got pissed off by all these abstractions .I have decided that I will erase this abnormality in thought structure, at least find a way to swim by. an abstract noun has created this whole Concrete world . can the almighty abstract can only create what is concrete? why can't we ? with this question in my mind i decided to instigate this process of 'concretization' by giving a concrete form to an abstract idea which hasn't been easily touched or seen in this city .this was my aim of getting involved with all the activities of silversands and commonplace.
when we used to have our poetry sessions, i felt that people used to feel our presence but our passion never touched truly them nor they could see it, being the outsiders that they were. .
Then we started our magazine 'silversands' which had a concrete form which one could touch and see .Now we have switched to the online version which is more accessible and involves a bigger audience.
Dream is another such abstract idea which we decided to concretize .As i told you, for me abstractions were always the source of all my miseries,the misery of presenting all my ideas in front of the concrete world .we dont want our succesors to face this misery of abstraction .so we are adding a section for the high school students to concretize all their abstract ideas and to express them to the concrete world .i hope that the connection remains intact and the chain never breaks.

love,
asiya