Writing is Like Dancing for Me

One day a fruit seller while passing through a village enters into an empty street. He stops by under a tree shadow to take some rest. Then after taking some rest and drinking water he starts dancing for himself.

Dancing Guy

While he is focused dancing, a group of street kids watch him from distance and slowly come closer, sit down quietly and don’t interrupt. When the guy ends his dance, he finds the kids sitting there. He passes them a smile. Children ask him to dance again, but he has to go.

But inside him, he promise that he would come again in the street and dance for himself (and the kids would enjoy too). He irregularly visits the street, sometime once a week, once a month and sometime even after several months.

He’s not coming back to dance because of the children’s amusement but because of himself. He knows he should be doing it regularly.

I am the fruit seller. This blog is the street. Writing is like dancing for me. You’re the kids. Hello kids! I’m in the street again.

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A Conversation with Customer

If you follow Hometown, you might know that we write a handwritten personal note to each customer. Recently we ran our sale on Fab.com. Despite the fact we didn’t know who’ll be buying our shoes from there, I and my co-founder Sidra wrote handwritten letters and included them in the shoe boxes while shipping.

Letter to one of our early customer.

Letter to one of our early customers, Behroze Khan.

Some people replied back using email. Here is one of the conversations:

From: Felix K.
To: Waqas Ali
Subject: Reply to your letter

Dear Waqas Ali,

first of all i would like to say that i am very happy with my new shoes. You and your team did a very, very nice job! Thank you for your letter. It was very surprising to find a letter in the box. This gave the shoes a very personal touch. Even the fact that you take the time to write a letter (by hand) shows that you take care about your customers. I wish more manufactories like yours will combine perfect craftsmanship with current technologies. Keep it going, and thank you and your employees.

With best regards from Lake Constance, Germany

Felix J. Keller

My reply to Felix:

Dear Felix

I am very honoured and humbled to hear from you. And that, such a positive note. Thank you again for taking time to do this for us.

That is right that Hometown combines craftsmanship with technology and storytelling. Stories just like these.

I never knew that Lake Constance is a place in Germany, now I know that and may be sometime I shall come visit you. Your feedback is very valuable and we’ll make Hometown even a better place to buy from.

If it is okay with you, consider sharing a picture (or more) of yours with Hometown shoes. We would put this in our office.

And if we can help in any way, please write me here like a friend!

Best wishes from Lahore, Pakistan

Sincerely, Waqas Ali.

The purpose of sharing this conversation is, so that other can learn from our experience and use something out of it.

I am Alive and Back

Greetings, Christmas and Holidays!

For the past 2 hours, I am trying writing a formal post titled: What Is Going On to get back on blogging. But I just can’t complete that.

Fortunately I can’t wait another day to tell you guys that I am alive, back and in good shape.

More to come shortly. I hope to complete the post tomorrow, if not, no worries. I have been doing several pleasant and uncomfortable things to get better. And I am better, so we’ll talk about them.

Till then, smile, you’re designed to! (I read this sentence few days back and loved it.)

I hope each of you and your loved ones are all okay. HUGS!

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Important Note – Tell Me About Yourself

This blog is referred as Waqas’s blog, but it is equally yours. I believe knowing and communicating with you people is one of the basic reasons to start this blog.

So here we go, please answer these simple questions, to let us all know about yourself. I shall like it very much, and it’ll also help me know you better.

  1. What is your name?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What do you do? (your profession/hobbies or anything)
  5. What does excite you? (you love to do _____?)
  6. What is your website? (blog / profile etc)
  7. What did you take in your last meal? (if you’re not fasting since years)
  8. How did you get know this blog? (i.e WaqasADay)
  9. Do you like something here? What?
  10. What do you think of Pakistan?

Please share your answer here in comments, and I’ll post them on About You page.

I really can not wait to meet you. Thank you for being with all the time.

Warmly! Waqas

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I’m making sense of how to be strong when it is almost impossible. Often what I learn, I have to relearn it. This is how life goes, and this is how we write our own story.

I hope you’re good in health and life.

Please please, tell me, how has been your past week? How’s life with you?

Your friend

-Waqas

No Idea What to Write Today

Yes it often happens, but it doesn’t mean I should be absent.

Hello to You and to your good ones. 😉

I’m going to meet some offline friends today, I’ve not met them since two months. I hope can learn something from them today. And then will might post here.

This is it. Take Care!

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