It Runs In The Family: Hafsa Ahsan And Bushra Saleh Jaffrani

Published: July 6, 2017

Sisters and business partners, Hafsa and Bushra share childhood memories, their strengths and weaknesses and what makes them inseparable!

What’s your first memory of each other?

Hafsa: Playing with Barbies and Polly pockets! That’s what our childhood was about and also watching plenty of movies.

Bushra: Hafsa is in every childhood memory of mine since we are only a year and few months apart. But when I do look back, a lot of Barbie dolls, Polly pockets and kitchen sets come to mind. Also, we come from a big family so we spent a lot of our childhood with our cousins. It was one adventure after the other! Hafsa was probably the most disciplined out of all of us. I wish could say the same thing about myself! Haha…

What is the craziest thing you’ve done together?

Hafsa: During A-levels we snuck our dad’s car out. To make matters worse, we got back very late since 8:30pm was way past our curfew. It’s a good thing we had a plane to catch the next morning otherwise we wouldn’t have heard the end of it.

Bushra: We learned to drive at a very young age! Let’s just say we used that to our advantage.

What did you get punished for the most as a child?

Hafsa: We were rarely punished! Being the youngest of five siblings has its advantages. But we would get into occasional fights.

Bushra: We would get away with a lot of things since we were the youngest of five. I don’t remember being punished ever but that’s because I was not the violent one. Hafsa has always been fiercely strong and strangely into wrestling and throwing punches. So she was the one who used to get punished for using me as her punching bag.

If you could only wear one piece of clothing for the rest of your life, from the others closet, what would it be?

Hafsa: Bee has an elaborate shoe collection. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on her N21 satin flats.

Bushra: If I could raid her closet I wouldn’t go for the clothes, I would go straight to her make-up and extensive brush collection. I’m the one with bare minimum needs while she has all the technical nitty gritties. I wouldn’t mind making additions to my small collection.

If you could swap places with each other, what’s the first thing you would do?

Hafsa: I would take a day off and be carefree and spontaneous! Go on a ride or do something crazy which I wouldn’t normally do.

Bushra: I would get all my work done! Hafsa is efficient and never lazy when it comes to getting all her work out of the way. That’s why she is important for our brand as she manages tasks well and drives us out of the house even on our laziest of days.

What is the one thing you love about your sibling?

Hafsa: She is free-spirited and a go-getter. She sometimes makes impulsive decisions and doesn’t worry about the consequences. She is high-spirited so it’s always amusing being around her.

Bushra: Hafsa is someone I can depend on. She is very loving and she is the one person who’s always there for you regardless of the circumstances.

If you are fighting with each other, how do you make up?

Hafsa: We have a love-hate relationship. It’s five opinions in one room! We’ve grown accustomed to arguing and then pretending it never happened. We can barely hold a grudge for longer than a day.

Bushra: We get into heated arguments all the time! To make up it is either a simple apology message or we will pretend it never happened, usually the latter!

What is the one secret talent that your sibling has, that you wish you did too?

Hafsa: I wish I could be as spontaneous as she is. Bushra is always on the brim of doing something crazy while I am the more responsible one. Also, she is super creative.

Bushra: Her will to get even the most boring tasks done. Even though she is never ready on time, her work is always structured and on time. She never slacks and is decisive! I can use some of that organisation and decision making power in my life. Also, Hafsa is very good with make-up. I wouldn’t mind having the precision and finesse she has.

Describe your sibling in the three words:

Hafsa: Exuberant, fun-loving and creative.

Bushra: Loving, caring and organised.

Which fictional character is your sibling most like?

Hafsa: This may sound like a cliché but she is a lot like Rebecca Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic. We have to restrain her and take away her shopping privileges since she can’t stop herself from purchasing what she sets her eyes on.

Bushra: Betty from Archie comics.

How are your personalities similar?

Hafsa: They aren’t! Haha… we are poles apart. But it’s a good thing opposites attract.

Bushra: We have very different personalities but many common interests such as food, clothes and TV shows.

I can’t live without my sister because…..

Hafsa: She is my other half, my best friend. The ying to my yang!

Bushra: I have never lived without her! All four of my sisters are my support system. I can’t get through life without them.

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