About the Author

I’m just another individual on a journey of self-discovery. Essentially an old soul, I seek happiness in sorrow, colors in the dullest of places, and inspiration in the mundane.

Insanity is something we all demonstrate from time to time; this insanity is what really makes us human. This blog is a pure reflection of myself and my (in)sanity. At times, I just feel the need to share my discoveries, my creations and my insights with the world; this blog is my outlet. There’s too much negativity out there so I try and put out a positive vibe, hoping, praying that somewhere someone has a smile on their face because of what they are reading on this blog.

Life’s short so I try to make sure that every life I touch is a life I make better. Tag along with me to learn some of life’s valuable lessons that I’ve had to learn the hard way.

104 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. My beloved Yousuf the Sufi mystic you call Shams Tabrez buried in Multan actually Pir Shamsuddin Sabzwari of Sabzwar who traveled from Sabzwar Iran to Multan.Shams Tabrez belong to Tabriz is the master of the Great Molana Jalaluddin Rumi.Shams Tabrez physically never travelled to Pakistan.Both Shams have one thing come…Both were belong to the Ismaili community.
    One went to Konya and the other entered Multan.

  2. If need information this wanderer is always available here.I visited the shrine of Hazrat Pir Shamsuddin Sabzwari Multani yesterday.God is great.

  3. Assalaamualaikum,
    I discovered your blog a couple of days ago and I’m completely hooked on to it. I love insanity and can totally relate to many things here. At first it was hard to believe that this was not a girl’s blog, because many Pakistani men have been conditioned to: 1) love and demand food, but stay clear from the kitchen 2) die rather than discuss recipes 3) never appreciate their wives in public 4) consider arts and crafts as ‘girlish’. But your blog is a breath of fresh air. May you continue to crush this stereotypical image of a Pakistani man into a zillion more pieces πŸ™‚

    Best of luck for all your future endeavours.

    • Asslamaoalaikum Hina,

      This is perhaps one of the best comments I have ever gotten from any of my readers and I cannot tell you how much this means to me.

      I’m all about shattering stereotypes and I love being an outcast, ergo the insanity.

      Take care and Allah Hafiz
      Yousuf

      • Wa’alaikumussalaam,
        The good and the doer of good must be appreciated. Thank you for adorning cyberspace with your insanely amazing pieces of creativity.

        Maybe, at some point in time, you can conduct classes for the men of our country where you can give life lessons on how to undo layers of conditioning and break free πŸ™‚

  4. Such interesting reading on your blog and so varied. You have an easy writing style and as mentioned in your profile you touch upon the mundane and bring it to life. I will be following you. May you find peace and happiness in what you do.

  5. I loved exploring your blog, great warmth and authenticity too, very big thank you for sharing, sincere regard, Barry

  6. Hello Yousuf: so pleased to meet you here. When I came over and saw the pink bracelets you bought for your daughter, I thought for sure this was a woman’s blog but it didn’t quite fit the male name….Delighted to know that you feel secure enough in your masculinity to not only publish poetry but also the color pink! I enjoy seeing your multiple Renaissance Man talents, especially writing AND photography.
    Thank you so much for following my blog, Beauty Along the Road.

    • Hello Annette,

      It’s a pleasure making your acquaintance and I’m truly flattered by your comments; they mean a lot.

      Life is short so I might as well make the most of it. Gender should not limit self-exploration.

      Take care and have a great day!

      Cheers,
      Yousuf

  7. Hi Yousuf,

    Hope you’re doing well!

    I wanted to invite you to a foodie meetup being held at Burger King Pakistan this coming Saturday. Please share your email address where I can send you the invite. Thanks!

    Best,
    Murtaza

    • Assalamoalaikum Murtuza,

      Hope you are doing alright. Unfortunately, I’m out of Pakistan and will be unable to attend.

      Thank you for the invite though!

      Allah Hafiz,
      Yousuf

  8. I feel the same way Yousuf and what a beautiful blog you have. Thank you so much for the lovely visit to mine. Love your photography. πŸ˜€

    • Someone wise once said, “I capture moments because I think in photographs!”, and I wholeheartedly agree. πŸ˜€

      I love your photos and quotes too. πŸ™‚

  9. Love, your “about!” I work part time in a psych hospital and truly cherish talking to and helping patients who often feel a stigma attached to mental illness. These wonderful men and women of all ages are among the most intelligent, creative and sensitive souls I have met in life and often have a fabulous wit and sense of humor entwined within their tragedy. It saddens me when they feel there is a stigma attached to mental illness. I like to believe that all of us have a touch of insanity and the ones that ask for help and actually pursue treatment are the truly courageous and unsung heroes!

    • I couldn’t agree more, Kathy. It’s this insanity within that makes us who we are; if only we could all embrace it and be more appreciative of it.

      And thank you for the kind words; made my day! πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks for your visit to my site, and thankfully it brought me here to yours too! I love your paper sculptures, truly magnificent, you must have such patience! πŸ™‚

    • I used to have a lot of patience, but now I have two kids. πŸ˜‰

      Your words of appreciation make me want to create some more sculptures. I think the last one I did was back in 2013.

  11. I am a big fan of the spirited voice of your blog, both the writing and pictures: I wonder on a daily basis whether I just don’t think the way other people do, and whether sanity is overrated….I look forward to reading more.

  12. I really like your blog. I missed many boats in my lifetime but one shouldn’t have missed was reading more poetry, poetry and I have never been real close to each other, but I actually enjoyed reading your poetry. I like your about the author words, it would appear that you have all of your ducks in a row most of the time, that is the only way to be. I also have some days where I am (in)sanity, which is very fortunate. I try to make the most of those days. There is far too much negativity in people’s lives today. I try to stay positive, it is hard to do at times because my old body is worn and ragged. If we can leave a positive message for others, blogging is something worthwhile. This thing called life is pretty dang good, if we leave this earth a better place, we are leaving riches behind. I will try to explain that to our four daughters and two busloads of grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

  13. Hi, Jackie here, I am also on a journey of self dis-covery. Learning not to identify my DIS-EASE on my face. For the first time in my life I am sharing my photo’s and hoping to release fear. Bless you.

  14. I was so interested in the way you described yourself in the first paragraph here. I was especially touched by your statement that you seek inspiration in the mundane. My mother was a poet, and almost all of her poetry is celebrating the very “ordinary” people and “ordinary” things of life. She got great inspiration from those things and made them something very special by what she did with them in her poems.

    I also wanted to thank you for visiting my new site. I’ve blogged for several years and have other sites on the Internet — all for one particular purpose or another — but Lillith’s Landing is a brand new venture — and sort of an experiment for me personally. So I’m grateful for visits from new friends.

  15. I am in total agreement that there is too much negativity out there…I’m glad to see someone else shares my passion to propagate the positive πŸ™‚ You are doing something good!!!

    • It’s amazing how blogs can help like-minded people connect; I’m glad I came across your blog through the weekly photo challenge. Let’s keep spreading the positivity. πŸ˜‰

  16. I’ve been on this page before, but had to come here again. Yes! You said it! It takes one to know one. Instinctively! Old souls. We always recognize each other. Many words aren’t needed.

  17. I particularly appreciate this comment, “At times, I just feel the need to share my discoveries, my creations and my insights with the world; this blog is my outlet. There’s too much negativity out there so I try and put out a positive vibe, hoping, praying that somewhere someone has a smile on their face because of what they are reading on this blog.” Those are good reasons to blog. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  18. Nice blog there Yousuf, already been looking at some of the images, but a chord resonates with me on this, your “About”, page. I’d like to think I could almost copy and post it, that is how applicable it seems. Out of interest where are you based ? – your images seem to be from a lot of places, but many from the UK. You have an immediate follow back (which isn’t automatic. Thanks for the follow so I could find you MMπŸ€

  19. Hello! I’m Aena Zoraya, a fellow blogger like yourself. Seeing your blog with a growing community of readers and increasing readership, I would really appreciate any comments or suggestions from you.

    My blog, Word Exorcist, will be one-month old with only 13 posts. Most of my posts are one-word prompts or photo challenges from The Daily Post blogger’s community.

    In line with this, I am planning a project on publishing a series of blog articles. Seeing that you are currently following my blog, I want to know what kind of content you would like to see or prefer? Do you have any suggestions or anything you would like to share that made you click the follow button? Thank you so much for giving me a chance to share with you the inner workings of my mind.

    For the love of writing,
    Aena Zoraya

    http://www.wordexorcist.wordpress.com
    facebook.com/aenazoraya
    twitter.com/eynaraya

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