26 year old Marvi Somroo was working in a software house in Islamabad and earning six digits. But the Hunza valley was calling her. She left everything and opt to go there. Now she is teaching in the school. It all started with a week art residency in Masgar in summer 2016. She fall in love with that small village. Now, she is teaching there full time.
And that act went viral. Marvi left her job to live somewhere far way is a news in Pakistan. I guess there is an element of oddity here. Something new. Like who leaves six digits job in Pakistan to go to some remote areas of up North to teach children? Many are, hmm, not totally criticizing but you know, saying that she could have gone to her own village which is way under privilege, where literacy rate is low if she wanted to do charity.
Lets start with the Hunza valley of Gilgit Baltistan.
Northern areas of Pakistan are heaven. This Mountainous valley is in extreme North. The place is peaceful. Scenery is breathtaking. Its colors, its air, its culture are just mesmerizing. Crime rate is low. Life is simple. People are hardworking. They know the importance of education, therefore it is the most literate area in Pakistan with more than 80 % literary rate.They are doing their bit to make their community a better place to live for themselves and for their future generation. Whatever they have over there is because of them.
Some people want to live near nature, in quite and peace full place despite coming from the urban, and upper class background. Some want urban life despite coming from the remote and rural areas. Each to their own.
People have been wandering. They leave everything behind in the quest of finding their bliss. Still, living such life inn't everyone's cuppa joe either. Many don't even dare to do that. They are OK with the rat race.
Ms. Somroo is one blessed woman from the upper class Pakistan with no financial worries (as it looks like) and permission from her family (as it look like) to do what she wants to do. Or go where she wants to go.
This concept of finding your bliss especially being a desi female is quite surprising for the nation, tho. That idea of wandering is not that viral but she is.
A co-worker of mine, shared one article on Facebook, title, ماروی سومرو ہنزہ ہی میں کیو ں پڑھاتی ہے؟
Why Marvi only teaches in Hunza? It is written by Mr. Wqar Ahmed Malik in Urdu for an local blog site Humsub.
I guess, the answer of his question and blog post is so simple: Because she wanted to. In her own words when talking to Express Tribune, (here) she said:
“There is a sensitive side to me that was really disappointed by things around. I had worked in the corporate sector for four years and I was earning good money and going up the ladder by the society’s standards. But in those four years, something constantly told me that this is not enough. Sure, I was earning good money but I was only helping the rich company become even richer. I also realised that if I wasn’t here, I could be replaced by someone and I wanted to be somewhere where my presence made a difference.”
Next part: why only in Hunza?
Well it is again her choice. Writer on the another hand is trying so hard to connect her decision with the valley only, when it is not really like that. Like, I said it is one of the breath places of the world, an inhabitant of Paradise on Earth.
But people even go to war tron countries to help locals as well. They devote their whole lives in Africa and Hitti type places. They go to under developed countries and never want to go back to their first world countries. This is no magic of that particular place.
The just feel good there. They decide to help that place, do their bit or sometime settled down there. It makes them real happy. They feel somthing missing in thwir current situation. Yeah, for a Pakistani even from an upper class, everyone has to run their own homes first, and with all other worries, these wandering are unbelievable. Finding bliss is uncertainty and waste of life.
Here is the quote of Christopher McCandless:
" So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."
Now my question is was it that simple fr her to opt for such far away place just to teach?
She could have taught in anywhere in Islamabad if teaching was her passion?
Mr. Malik was also doing the same thing but unfortunately he had nothing much to fall back on. Due to finance, he had to left teaching in Hunza after four months. It is not that possible for a middle class people to go broke in the name of charity and wanderlust.
Is living your life is only for rich people?
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