Toss Up: Momina Mustehsan

Published: September 4, 2016

Momina Mustehsan, the latest Coke Studio sensation, has taken the country by a storm. This New York-based Pakistani singer and songwriter, plays a round of Toss Up with us. Get to know her as she shares everything from her favourite book to chocolate, and thinks hard to share a special childhood memory

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them?

My grandfather. He passed away before I was born, and I’d just like to get to know him.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

I would take my cell phone, a tent that can be completely zipped up, and a fuzzy blanket.

Do you prefer Coca Cola or Pepsi?

That’s easy, Coca Cola for sure!

Something you miss the most from childhood?

Living as a family. Now we are all spread out and hardly ever get time to be together or visit each other at the same time.

Are you usually late, early or right on time?

Right on time.

Tell me about your favourite book, magazine or comic?

I really liked The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak. There are a lot of deep understandings and messages in between the lines.

What is your all-time favourite chocolate?

Milk chocolates — I love Godiva and Lindt.

What do you do in your free time?

I cook.

What song is stuck in your head at this very moment?

All the songs from Coke Studio that have released so far!

Tell us about someone you really admire?

Amal Clooney.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?

Maleeha Lodhi, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I’d love to be able to fly, swim, and dance (I clearly don’t have these skills).

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

I hope I’m able to achieve and do enough in life to deserve a biography, which is worth drawing inspiration from.

If you only have six months to live, what would you do with your time?

Explore the parts of the world that I haven’t so far.

What kind of people do you dislike?

I dislike hypocrites and people who lack ambition or purpose in life.

Be ugly and live-forever, or attractive and die in a year?

The latter!

Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for $50,000?


If you could have anyone locked in a room tormented for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them?

Not one but four people: my parents and two brothers. I’d torment them by forcing them to spend time with me.

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, whom would you pick and why?

I’d wake up as Nawaz Sharif, and resign as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

If you could be any Disney character, who would you be?

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame — she’s brave, stands up against injustice, is independent, and kind.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Usman
    Sep 4, 2016 - 12:41PM

    Nawaz Sharif aur Resign…. joke of the centuryRecommend

  • johnpauljones
    Sep 4, 2016 - 4:04PM

    She is cute and talented. Hope she works on her skills more. Recommend

  • Kala_bacha
    Sep 4, 2016 - 4:12PM

    I hope she doesn’t become the politics of current Pak music industries. She is open and fare with the people. Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 4, 2016 - 5:50PM

    @Usman: Certainly a bit immature to say she would wish to wake up as an elected Prime Minister and then resign. What a turn off. She has a right to an opinion but childish remarks given the importance of allowing Pakistan to evolve a democractic system that eludes most Muslim countries. Pakistan is one of the few Muslim democracies in the world and one of the few Muslim countries where there is stability. This is a source of pride for Pakistanis everywhere. We can all disagree with our PM and any elected politician but the place for discussion is in parliament and with the ballot on election date. From New York, it would be better to ask why international financial agencies and media there are positive on Pakistan’s economy now after such a long time.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Sep 4, 2016 - 6:15PM

    Very kiddish responses. But then she is a kid.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 4, 2016 - 9:01PM

    What I admire her the most is her intelligence and hard work. Yes, she is a superb singer but above all she has finished her schooling. She holds degrees in statistics and bio-engineering from educational institutions in the US, it is no small achievements. It seems to me that most of the young Pakistani singers are highly educated and handle themselves with charm and dignity. Kudos to you Momina. Recommend

  • Amit
    Sep 5, 2016 - 12:50AM

    she is already into politics trying to score good with Pakistanis, the way she has answered is more to do with going along with popular sentiments among the people. hope she do not have a military background or else these wishful thinking like” nawaz sharif and resign” might be very genuine. Recommend

  • Amal Khan
    Sep 5, 2016 - 10:21AM

    ummm…are you serious??Recommend

  • YAs
    Sep 5, 2016 - 3:43PM

    You don’t have to be superhero For flying, dancing and swimming
    Be ugly and live forever .. no one is actually uglyRecommend

  • taha irfan
    Sep 5, 2016 - 6:05PM

    Its just her opiniom and she has her right to say so. For some1 who has stayed abroad, being interested in politics show her affection to the country. Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam retd
    Sep 5, 2016 - 9:29PM

    The best line. “I’d wake up as Nawaz Sharif, and resign as Prime Minister of Pakistan”.Recommend

  • mastishhk
    Sep 5, 2016 - 11:24PM

    She wants to be Maleeha Lodhi..tht says it all…Recommend

  • J Khan
    Sep 6, 2016 - 1:23PM

    To all who are commenting on her level of maturity: she’s only a 24 years old kid! Cut her some slack please. No, she has no political aspirations. She’s the daughter of a decorated Pak Army General, and is a true patriot – hence her comment about our beloved PM. Recommend

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