Who is @Tazeen Javed?

Published: August 1, 2011

Tazeen Javed is what you call an experiment junkie. She is game for everything which she has not done before; she has worked at a gay bar and tinkered with a grenade (with its pin out!) because she had to get it under her belt.

However along the way, she has managed to get some expertise in the field of communications and that’s how she earns her living. She also writes for various newspapers and news weeklies.

Why did you join Twitter?

Because you asked me to. Really, you said that I should join twitter to spread the word about my blog and I joined but I was not all that active. I think I became active on Twitter by the end of 2009.

Have you ever had a Twitter fight?

Oh yes, plenty. I once called Ijaz-ul-Haq an evil spawn and he then said some choice words about my parentage. Some other people jumped in and it went on for a couple of hours. I also had a bit of altercation with Jemima Khan last year which was reported by Press Trust of India. Needless to point out that both have blocked me after that. I even blogged about the incident for posterity’s sake.

What’s the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?

I saw three Woodey Allen films “Whatever Works,” “You will meet a tall dark stranger” and “Midnight in Paris” back to back. I highly recommend Whatever Works because it is poignant and funny at the same time.

If you were stranded on an island who would you choose as your one companion?

Jon Stewart because he is like my longest living crush.

What’s the quality you most like in a man?

Self effacing sense of humour. I love men who do not take themselves too seriously.

What’s the quality you most like in a woman?

Self effacing sense of humour because they need it badly to survive in this society.

Where would you rather be right now?

Anywhere but here, Islamabad may be pretty but it is yawn inducing.

If you could have one super power what would you choose?

Invisibility, so that I can hop onto any plane, fly to strange lands and experience life.

What is your present state of mind?

Lazy, but that is my standard state of being.

What is your one regret in life?

That I am not as sporty as I should have been. Oh and I missed the chance to learn how to play violin. Something tells me I am a violin person.

What’s your favorite dessert?

I wish I liked something fancy like crème brulee or toffee pudding which I would eat less often. Unfortunately, I like caramel ice cream which is available at every corner shop.

What is one gadget would you love to own?

The new Galaxy SII Smartphone. It is a sexy piece of machine.

What is your favorite color dress in?


Describe Karachi’s traffic in one word?

Madness – but I must add that there is a method to the madness. Try driving in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Delhi or Dhaka for that matter and you will know what I mean.

You are president of Pakistan from tomorrow. Where do you start?

Sorry, cannot become the President of Pakistan. Wrong gender; I am constitutionally barred from becoming one because I am a woman.

What is it like working in the development sector. What do you enjoy most about it?

Money. Seriously it is the moolah that makes it worthwhile.

What do you do when not working?

Not much, I am quite lazy so indulge in all things couch potato-ish. Like reading and wasting my life online.

What music are you listening to?

I used to be a music snob when I was a teenager and would look down upon people who liked boy bands but I am much mellower now. I listen to all kinds of music but I still judge people who are over the age of 17 and listen to Justin Beiber.

You have lived in Karachi and Islamabad. In your opinion how are the two cities different?

I may live on the foothills of Margalla these days but I will always be a Karachiite at heart and will sing its praises. In any case, they are as different as chalk and cheese. Karachi is madness, chaos and heart. It is the leather clad bad boy you have been advised to stay away from but can’t get enough of it once you have been around for a while. Islamabad is like handsome jock, very pretty to look at but you don’t really know what to do with it.

Do you think there is a future for social media in Pakistan?

Of course, the future is here and it is online. Most of us get our news through internet, most often shared through social media. We meet new people here and stay in touch with our loved ones. It’s the high school cafeteria, library and your favourite hang out place all rolled in one. It may grow in a different direction and totally metamorphose into something else but it is here to stay.

What was your first love?

That has got to be traveling. I love traveling and I wish I had the money to travel and write about it. If I had my way, I would walk with a cardboard around my neck that says :

“Will work for travel expenses and will travel to any place except Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.”

What comes to mind when you hear the term Twitterati?

Raza Rumi and Mosharraf Zaidi. No seriously, everyone follows them and they are kind of omnipotent.  I feel someone tells every new Pakistani Twitter newbie that “Thou shalt not make it on twitter if you do not follow them.”


Faisal Kapadia

A Karachi based writer who blogs at deadpanthoughts.com and tweets @faisalkapadia (twitter.com/faisalkapadia)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Safeena Ali

    Why was this person interviewed and what am I to gain from her experiences and statements?Recommend

  • Syed

    You scratch my back and I will scratch yours :)Recommend

  • muhammad faraz majeed

    tazeen i love your blog.keep up the good work,it’s nice to read a pakistani woman who’s not ashamed or apologetic for being female.Recommend

  • saad khan

    tazeen’s blog is refreshing as it’s nice to see one of our girl’s using her brains to write well on pertinent topics.
    atleast she has not made landing a guy as the only and ultimate goal of her life as most of our girls make.we need more of our women who want more from life than just being baby producing factories.Recommend

  • http://weareourdesires.wordpress.com Amna

    Hey, an interview that DOESN’T make me want to bang my head against a wall (if you’ve read the weekly Sunday Times designer/”celeb” interviews, you’ll know exactly what I mean.)

    Love the Karachi vs. Islamabad comparison.

    And this is pretty much exactly how I feel about travel. Restless with wanderlust, I has it.Recommend

  • Saima Siddiqui

    “You can write me down in history with hateful, twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise”~ Maya Angelou (poet, educator)

    Tazeen Javed, you inspire a lot of women with your writing and thoughts….keep up the good work.Recommend

  • Fooz

    Faisal Kapadia..please interview me… Im more interestingRecommend

  • Ahsan

    Loved it.Recommend

  • irfan

    Seriously…she goes i am lazy and then she say i love traveling….how can a lazy person travel….from her home to airport and then from airport to hotel room is that what traveling is? Recommend

  • http://fruitforbidden.wordpress.com/ The Forbidden Fruit

    I simply loved the Khi Vs Isb description. Right on spot! Enjoyed reading this.Recommend

  • Kiran

    What is the colour of your favourite dress?! Seriously? There is nothing useful in this interview and I am not going to gain anything by knowing what her favourite dessert it. Combine that with the endless typos ‘waw three Woody Allen films’ ‘I can hop nto any plane’ ‘crème brule’ – proofread at all?!Recommend

  • Shahzad S. Janjua

    If she has a blog, which btw I came to know from a comment above, then atleast mention the address so that one can judge whether this personality it’s all that worth or not!!!Recommend

  • Adeel

    @Shahzad S. Janjua:

    Her’s is one of the recommended reads on ET blogs. It is called A Reluctant Mind and it is actually quite good, esp if you want to read about Shahid Afridi Recommend

  • Kinza

    Great interview! Love the way Tazeen expresses herself and her humour. The interview questions are also a mixture between more light-hearted and a little bit more analytical. Wish there were more witty and fun Pakistani women like Tazeen, she is an inspiration and represents change and a fresh perspective!Recommend

  • http://www.nerdcrunch.com Moderate

    “She has worked at Gay bar”, dont forget to mention this on your resume!Recommend

  • Amadeus

    Please interview me please!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ahmad Aziz

    Tazeen is an inspiration? Give me a break. She does not even get her facts right. Women can become presidents of Pakistan. Non-Muslims cannot. Recommend

  • Adeel

    I think ET must be out of their minds to publish this useless blog….. Is Tazeen Javed some Nelson Mandela or Barack Obama??? Whose Interview is published and shared with such an honor… BTW now i m waiting for Tazeen Javed to write a blog about Faisal KapadiaRecommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    Its so easy to become a celeb on the internet.

    Internet celebs. Recommend

  • Deb

    I am from India.
    Forgive my naivety for saying this and don’t pick on me.Please.
    I didn’t know there are women as emancipated as her in Pakistan.
    Fault is entirely mine.Recommend

  • Hmmm

    I have an even more important question – who is this Faisal Kapadia?Recommend

  • http://ibteda.wordpress.com Sadaf Baig

    I love your blog and I love the way you write, I’d choose to teleport though, why hop on a plane, why dont just ‘jump’ to locations. Recommend

  • Salman

    This girl is smart because she wants a Galaxy SII, not the average ghisa pita iPhone like every girls who thinks it is the ultimate must have accessory. A girl who knows her gadgets has my respect. Recommend

  • http://djdurrani.blogspot.com Saad Durrani

    Who cares!Recommend

  • 10th

    Does it look like I care who @TazeenJaved is?

    What has happened to Tribune’s standards?!Recommend

  • ASH

    whats the point in occupying that big space for trash????????????????Recommend

  • parvez

    Wish to reserve my comment and wait for your next Who is @ and if it turns out to be another female then I think I’ll be better placed to put in words what I’m thinking right now.Recommend

  • Someone

    you guys dont know tazeen javed? oh come on… she is… she is… well.. she is tazeen jawed!!!Recommend

  • m

    hahahahah. omg i’m laughing my bum off!Recommend

  • m

    hahahahah. i’m literally lmao here. :DRecommend

  • Amol Sinha

    101% agree.Recommend

  • B

    Tazeen is a good blogger – above average – I would say. However, what substantial change has she brought to the society? The same goes for Sundas Rasheed too. Maybe you guys should interview twitter celebrities who have accomplished something for the society :). Or is tweeting about every lame thing the recent fad in social media?Recommend

  • http://gypsy-therebirth.blogspot.com Sami Saayer

    ok give this whole thing a break. lets conclude it here. tazeen is a good intelligent blogger and faisal had nothing better to do.Recommend

  • Maneesha

    Perfect introduction. Makes you sound like a bit of a maverick but that’s not necessarily a bad thing I’d say. Recommend

  • Aleena

    All those who come and complain about why she is interviewed, if she is that much of a nobody, then why come here and read it and then comment on it.

    Tazeen is decent writer, she has made quite a few of us very happy with her writing. Recommend

  • faraz

    Interview the girl from Gujaranwala who secured first position in Matric board; she belongs to a poor family and her father sells ‘pakoras’ in a villageRecommend


    Who CARES who Tazeen is? Why was this published? How is she more important that the millions others on Twitter? Recommend

  • Yasir H

    looks like a lot of jealous people are gathered here and are commenting. Everyone is asking the same old question who is she. Aray baba she must have done something to merit this interview. Why cant you people get over it. Recommend

  • Zeeshan

    Dude, when is it my turn?Recommend

  • anonymous

    Who is Faisal Kapadia and why he has interviewed Tazeen Javed? No body knows both of them, and the fantastic part is, she has been interviewed like a celebrity :D I know Noor Paaan Waala..so am writing Who is NoorPaanWala?Recommend