Who is @SundusRasheed?

Sundus Rasheed is an occasional writer and behind the scenes media person. Superpower of choice: teleporting!

Faisal Kapadia July 26, 2011
Sundus Rasheed describes herself as an occasional writer, a behind the scenes media person and a travel addict. She is responsible for a great team of Radio Jockeys at CityFM89 and their shows and everything that goes into making radio - including music and promotions.
"If something goes wrong on air," she says "I'm the one to blame."

Q: Why did you join Twitter?

joined Twitter when Facebook was banned for a couple of weeks, sometime in May 2010. I felt so disconnected from the rest of world - what people were thinking, what my friends were doing. Twitter proved to be such a melting pot of opinions and information. I now rely on Twitter for much of my news and the haalaat (situation) in my city.

Have you ever been in a Twitter fight?

Nope.

What was the last movie you watched?  

The last movie I watched was Bol. Reaffirmed my faith in the saying “good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

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

Tough question. I’m going to say Brett Lee. I hope the rest of the Australian cricket squad doesn’t hold this against me.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Good looks. Because every other quality boils down to the same result.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Good cooking skills. Because a lot of heart goes into a good meal.

Where would you be right now rather than here?

Kuala Lumpur. It’s a toss-up between New Orleans and Cairo for runner up.

What one super power would you choose?

Teleporting!

What is your present state of mind?

Blank.

What is your one regret in life?

Not being able to visit Buddha’s birth place in Lumbini, Nepal – in spite of my numerous trips to Nepal.

What's your favorite dessert?

A warm chewy brownie

What one gadget would you love to own?

An iPad perhaps.

What is your color of choice to dress in?

Black or orange.

Describe Karachi's traffic in one word?

Disastrous.

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

Let’s start with empowering the nation with electricity.

What is it like working in a radio station? What do you enjoy most about it?

Radio is very exciting work. It’s young and vibrant. Every day brings a new challenge - it's like being in a sitcom. It involves lots of deadlines, last minute details and late nights but at the end of the day, it brings a smile to my face and hopefully the listeners’ too.

My favourite thing about working in radio is meeting and interacting with many different kinds of people, almost every day, including childhood crushes like Faisal Kapadia of Strings and Wasim Akram.

What do you do when not working? 

When I'm not working, I'm usually active online - Facebook, Twitter and trying to figure out Google+ at the moment. I'm also a great cook (or so I think). I love trying new recipes. I also spend a lot of time figuring out my next holiday spots and watching concerts from the 80s on YouTube. Dining with friends and family is always fun. My nephew Hamzah and I also like to make up stories about ancient Egypt and Pennywise the Clown.

Any particular kind of music enjoy?

Is this a trick question? My musical tastes tend to vary phenomenally. I listen to a lot of current pop music, 80s pop, world music - especially from Indonesia and Egypt, Kishore Kumar and just so much more! My current obsession are The Scissor Sisters - a glam rock band from New York. They always get me up and going.

You visit Karachi often from Lahore. In your opinion how are the two cities different?

I was born and raised in Karachi and as much as I love Karachi, Lahore is a beautiful city no doubt. Lahore takes its entertainment and celebrities seriously, which I love. Karachi tends to ignore its celebrities. I love the glamour and good looks of Lahore. Karachi is more low key and distinguished. Karachi is an elegant lady who's seen the best of times and the worst of times. Lahore is a rich girl with a liberal arts education.

You have recently had the chance to meet many in Pakistan's social media community - your thoughts on the impact possible with this branch of media?

Yes! Social Media Summit Pakistan (SMSPK) was such a great experience - to put a face to so many Twitterati! The social media community that I got to meet at SMSPK was what you would call the soft image of Pakistan that we should be exporting. This medium can be a meeting point for the country's generally quiet moderate and liberal communities. We can organise ourselves through the medium to bring change, find people who share our causes and passions and really mobilise our ideas through this quick and effective medium.

What is SR's first love?

A trick question again. This is a tough one. It would have to be books; a good story; a good song; a song that tells a great story.

What comes to mind when you hear the term "Twitterati"?

I think of the cool kids gang at school. The mean girls and the jocks - but with brains and a conscience this time.
WRITTEN BY:
Faisal Kapadia A Karachi based writer who blogs at deadpanthoughts.com and tweets @faisalkapadia (https://twitter.com/faisalkapadia)
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.

COMMENTS (23)

Amadeus | 9 years ago | Reply Oh so you're the one behind 89 - well its a fabulous channel with really good playlists at times. However, currently it sucks with no rjs for the evening shows when people are driving back home from work - there's an overplay of stuff like on the floor and some odd stupid stuff like jay sean, bubblegum pop and bubblegum rock or whatever. The guy at night with the fake accent is really annoying and plays the worst possible songs and is just not funny. Manic Monday was awesome, Tapu is good, Ammar is good, Kamiar and Tammy are good - else everyone's just a liability for the channel I think. So please please do something for the channel, for the playlists - because it seems that its all downhill from here now. And please, STOP repeating stupid dance numbers which have made a mockery of house/electronic music.
Zeeshan | 9 years ago | Reply Now i think i also deserve to be interviewed.
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