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Times of Youth: How would you describe yourself for our readers who may not be aware about your work?

DJ HB Smooth: I’m an outgoing individual that purposely looks for talented artists, etc. I just want to help give them a push to where they want to be at. I love dropping R&B mixtapes, in a sense my College Freak mixtape series is what really branded me. Right along with me making Chicago juke remixes and Chicago juke/footwork music.

Times of Youth: What made you choose ‘DJ HB Smooth’ as a field name for yourself?

DJ HB Smooth: I chose to call myself that because I wanted to be different. I wanted to add my own twist to smooth, since I knew there were a lot of DJ Smooths.

Times of Youth: Who do you consider your mentor/inspiration? 

DJ HB Smooth: I have a few; DJ Rell ,DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Badboy Bill and DJ Drama.

Times of Youth: What made you take up DJ-ing as a career path? 

DJ HB Smooth: After hearing a mix on B96 from Bad Boy Bill, I loved the way he would mix the different songs. In fact, I would listen to him on the radio every Friday when B96 did street mixes. It was something about the mixing, like if the songs never changed. That’s when I knew I wanted to become a DJ.

Times of Youth: How has your family been handling your journey to success?

DJ HB Smooth: Not very well, I guess you can say majority of my family supports me from a distance. They wanted me to focus on something more “realistic” rather than focusing on the creative arts.

Times of Youth: Considering that you were the first DJ to own a Vevo account, what significance did it hold for you?

DJ HB Smooth: It allowed me to put more shine on juke/footwork music.

Times of Youth: Being the first DJ to be officially verified on Twitter, how did that make you feel?

DJ HB Smooth: I was beyond excited when it happened. To others it didn’t mean much, but to me it meant that I was working hard enough for Twitter to notice me.

Times of Youth: Of all the places you’ve visited and played at so far, which one was the most unforgettable?

DJ HB Smooth: I would have to say New Orleans. I love the vibe, the accents and especially the scenery.

Times of Youth: Popularly called the ‘R&B Prime minister’, your R&B mixtapes are a hit with the ladies since several years. Has there ever been a female fan whose antics took you by surprise completely?

DJ HB Smooth: I remember this one time I passed a mixtape out to a fan. I didn’t see her  until two days later, and she walked up to me and started whispering in my ear. She started asking me all kinds of questions and told me that next time I make a tape like that, I should make sure she’s around.

Times of Youth: How far do you feel you’ve come since your earliest jukeboxing days? 

DJ HB Smooth: I think a long way; now I just mix music based on how I’m feeling at that moment. Or I just freestyle mix, something I love to do.

Times of Youth: Your most cherished moment in life has been?

DJ HB Smooth: When I was going to summer camp at Columbia College in Chicago, back when I was 12. It was really fun, we would create skits, make shirts and play soccer, which is also the first and last time in history I broke something, my thumb, while playing soccer. I ended up wearing a cast or a brace on my thumb for a few months. I suppose the only  good part about my thumb being broken was how many females had signed on my cast.

Times of Youth: What are your upcoming assignments?

DJ HB Smooth: I’m working on my next ‘College Freak’ mixtape which will be Vol. 31. Then I’m producing a beat for one of my artist, who goes by the name “Jodi” this summer for his album. Also I’m currently working on a juke/footwork EP.

Things we’d like to know about you-

LIFESTYLE-
You’re addicted to: Success and Adidas
Favorite holiday place: Miami
If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be: My voice, I wish it could be deep as Barry White.
Love or money: Love
Calm beach or lounge party: Lounge party

FASHION-
An accessory to die for:  Smartwatch
Oldest item in your closet?: Southpole  shirt (which went south since no one really rocks south pole anymore)
A necessary extravagance: Cellphone
Fragrance you love: Chrome

AT HOME:
Best piece of furniture in your home: Lazy Boy sofa
Most native thing about you: Rocking a Chicago hat and saying ‘Joe’ after every word.
What makes you extremely happy?: Proving people wrong
Best de-stressor: Either going outside, making a mixtape or working out.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how admirers can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

DJ HB Smooth: Email [email protected]   or tweet me @djhbsmooth

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Exclusive Interview of Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines)

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Times of Youth: We’re delighted to know you finally. Do tell our readers about your work in brief.


Bhuvan Bam: I am Bhuvan Bam from New Delhi, India and the owner/performer at BB Ki Vines. I make funny videos on the internet and aim to spread smiles all over the world.


Times of Youth: Since BB is a short form of your own name, is there any other special reason why you prefer to call your vines by that? Why didn’t you choose some funky name?

Bhuvan Bam: No special reason as such. All my friends call me either ‘Bam’ or ‘BB’. People easily connect to that name and personally I think it sounds cute. Haha!


Times of Youth: When did you decide that comedy and vine making was your calling?

Bhuvan Bam: I’ve been quite an entertainer since my school days. I thought of Vine making a year ago when I randomly created a video and it was appreciated by people.


Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about being comedian?

Bhuvan Bam: Interestingly, I am not a comedian. Music is my profession and passion. All my earnings are through my live performances and original songs. Yes my parents were a bit skeptical about me creating comical videos but as long as they see me happy doing that, they’re okay with it.


Times of Youth: Which was your first funny video? How was the response to it?

Bhuvan Bam:
My first video was ‘The Chakhna Issue’ which I uploaded in 2014. Not many people have seen it as I did not upload it on my page. It had got 10-15 views back then.



Times of Youth: We noticed that you have several of your videos which in a way make fun of parents. How do your parents react to that?

Bhuvan Bam:
My parents are quite cool with it though they don’t relate themselves with any character.


Times of Youth: You prefer to feature your ownself in various characters for your videos unless really needed, why is that so?

Bhuvan Bam: I have always felt comfortable working on my own. Frankly, I don’t like when someone tries to change my ideas/concepts. It changes and hinders my style of working. In future, I’d surely love to collab with other artists.


Times of Youth: Did any person ever take grave offense to any of your video, and for what? Conversely, what has been the most genuine compliment you ever received?

Bhuvan Bam: Not really. Some people do tell me that my content is 18+ but that doesn’t stop me from doing what I do. Everyone has their own perception. The people who love my work in a massive majority so I don’t mind a bit of negativity.


Times of Youth: Your most watched video being of the “Doctor Sehgal” series, has there ever been any real Dr. Sehgal in your life to make fun of? Did you personally come across any doctor by that name who expressed his displeasure?

Bhuvan Bam: Dr. Sehgal is actually a real doctor whose clinic is right next to my house. I’ve had many funny experiences with him but he is nowhere similar to the on screen Dr. Sehgal. I have just used his name and I feel guilty. Haha!


Times of Youth: Your independence day special vine, “A Lost Neighbour”, made in collaboration with a group of cross country viners was very well received. How was your experience while shooting it and the consequent reviews?

Bhuvan Bam: I was approached by Karachi Vynz just a week before. We talked over the Indo-Pak concept and finally decided to release it on the Independence Day. It was a bit tough shooting the video as everything was done through Whatsapp or Skype. But in the end, it came out well and was accepted very positively by viewers across the globe.


Rapid Fire Round:

Winter or Summer? Winters always!

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Money or fame? Money
Adventurous or cautious? Cautious
Meat or veggies? Meat
Classic or modern? Classic
Cars or bikes? Bikes
Night or Morning? Depends on what’s need to be done. But night.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially internet and social media sensation like you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has your journey been so far?


Bhuvan Bam: As I mentioned above, all my earnings come through my Live Musical Performances and Original Songs. I haven’t yet earned anything through Comedy.


Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which is the most close to your heart?


Bhuvan Bam: This year, Our government has imposed many illogical bans in the country. In March 2015, I released my original song ‘Ban-Chod’ which was a reply to such bans. This song reached a lakh views in just a day and was amongst the ‘Most Popular Video on Youtube’ for a week.


Times of Youth:  So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

Bhuvan Bam: This year I’ll be releasing another original song. Also, on the comical front, there are many collaborations in process.


Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up the audiences?

Bhuvan Bam: I observe the people around me . Their actions and reactions help a lot in creating ideas for my videos.


Times of Youth: Tell us something funny.

Bhuvan Bam: My mom right now thinks that I’m talking to my girlfriend.



Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

Bhuvan Bam: Criticism is very important. Of-course I have been criticised and I have learnt to take it positively.


Times of Youth: Plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

Bhuvan Bam: Stealing ideas is very easy. People should realise that a lot of hard work is put in the making of a video. To all those reading this, Stay Original.


Times of Youth: What has been your most unforgettable experience in your journey of spreading smiles?


Bhuvan Bam: Every day is a special one. A lot of people message me saying that after a long day at work/college they watch my videos. Feels great to be a reason behind so many smiles.


Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming comedians who still have a long way to go?

Bhuvan Bam: Make sure your content is good. Quantity doesn’t matter, Quality does! and of course, Stay Original.


Times of Youth: Do tell us how your fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

Bhuvan Bam: My fans can contact me directly through my facebook page. Or they can mail me at [email protected]

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“Have been criticized many times but that never stopped me from playing. I respect everyone’s way of thinking and I think they have the right to say anything they want to.”
Shahlyla Baloch

Times of Youth: For those who don’t know about you, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Shahlyla Baloch: My name is Shahlyla Baloch. I’m from Balochistan, Pakistan. I play for Balochistan United WF which is the current champion women football team of Pakistan. I started playing football when I was 7 years old and I received the FIFA’s youngest players award at the age of 7. I have been awarded as the best player of Pakistan thrice i.e. 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Times of Youth: Women in your country are mostly kitchen- and home-bound. What made you take up football as a profession instead?

Shahlyla Baloch: The concept of women being in the kitchen is a bit to old. The image of women in Pakistan is totally different now, they are deriving education and developing in every sector of life.
Times of Youth: Did you face any obstacles in your journey to becoming a professional footballer? If yes, what were they?
Shahlyla Baloch: I had, I am and I think I will be facing a lot of obstacles, but my aim is very articulate and I’m focused about what I have to do and how I am going to cross all barriers.
Times of Youth: Which player has been your inspiration all along?
Shahlyla Baloch: Maradona and Messi.
Times of Youth: In the International female football circuit, is there any specific female footballer you like and why?
Shahlyla Baloch: Abby Wemback, because she’s a scorer and the way she scores goals with headers and everything is just amazing!

Times of Youth: What makes you motivated every morning to train so hard?
Shahlyla Baloch: Every day I wake up and commit myself to become a better player because football is something I love and I want to be best at it.
LIFESTYLE-

You’re addicted to: Football and makeup
Fragrance you wear often: Chanel
Favorite dressing style: Shorts and shirt.
Times of Youth: Defence or Attack? What’s your inherent style and why?
Shahlyla Baloch: Attack, because I love scoring goals!
Times of Youth: Since your mother is already in the Federation and your sister in the manager of the team, has it affected your game at all? Was it good or bad? And why?
Shahlyla Baloch: No, that has nothing to do with my game. When I’m inside the field nothing else matters to me except performing good and winning!
Times of Youth: You recently joined the Sun Club in Maldives where you received professional training. Tell us more about it.
Shahlyla Baloch: I was offered to play with the Sun team for a league. Its a great experience. I will be here for a month, we will have 6 matches in total. Lets hope for the best!
Times of Youth: Did you ever expect, when you started out at first, that you’d get this far?
Shahlyla Baloch: I always wanted to play for the national team of Pakistan and I must say I’m very lucky that I’ve been a part of it since the team came into existence. I always dreamed to play for an international club and I would like to say that dreams do come true!
Times of Youth: Being a National Champion in Pakistan, what is your biggest dream as a professional footballer?
Shahlyla Baloch: My dream is to play internationally for the women’s club of Barcelona.
FETISHES-

Oldest item in your closet?: Cleats
A thing of extravagance: cleats, jerseys and makeup!
Homeground or elsewhere: Homeground
Game or money: Game
Times of Youth: What do you believe are your key strengths as an international level footballer?
Shahlyla Baloch: Dribbling and heading.
Times of Youth: On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself as an sportsperson?
Shahlyla Baloch: I’m not sure. How about you rate me?
Times of Youth: Can you describe a time when your game was criticized? What was your first reaction and how did you cope?
Shahlyla Baloch: Have been criticized many times but that never stopped me from playing. I respect everyone’s way of thinking and I think they have the right to say anything they want to. I train hard to overcome my weak points and that’s how I overcome criticism.
What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read the following-

Love: Football
Parents: Role models
Football: Life
Youth: Future
Nation: Pride
Marriage: Waste of time
Times of Youth: In Pakistan, what’s the status of women football as compared to abroad?
Shahlyla Baloch: It’s very low as compared with the international standards.
Times of Youth: Do you think that there should be any motivational women’s sports based movie made in Pakistan (similar to Bollywood counterparts) to further motivate the women of the country and open more avenues for women sports’ development?
Shahlyla Baloch: Yes I definitely think there should be!
JUST YOU-
What makes you extremely happy?: Playing football
The most motivating thing about you: I never give up
Best de-stressor: Watching the sunset on the beach.
If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be: My temper
Times of Youth: According to you, is PFF is paying adequate attention towards women football and what has it done for its upliftment in recent years?
Shahlyla Baloch: Yes it is! We have been participating in all the SAFF championships and we played our first Friendlies last year.

Times of Youth: Considering you have a background of football-loving family already, if any other aspiring female in Pakistan wants to play professional football, what would you advise her?
Shahlyla Baloch: I would tell her to work hard and never give up always think that the mission is supreme!
Times of Youth: Any message to your followers and admirers via Times of Youth?
Shahlyla Baloch: I’m humbled and filled with gratitude for my fans and loved ones for their tremendous support and for keeping my moral high. Never lose hope, today’s youth is tomorrow’s future. Keep dreaming and you’ll always keep achieving.


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“Unlike other comedians, we are not trying to make a living of our comic skills, we would love to have our career in film making. And journey so far is very smooth, thanks to our parents. Shukar Alhamdulillah.”
-DhoomBros

Times of Youth: How would tell our readers about yourself and your work in brief for those who may not be aware?

DhoomBros: We are the Dhoombros, a group of 4 boys- Atif, Hussain, Sheharyar, Waqas. We are basically entertainers who make YouTube videos and funny skits along with the interest in film making.

Times of Youth: When did you decide that being an entertainer was your calling?

DhoomBros: There was no planning or sudden realization on when we decided, it just happened after our first videos and we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to continue it not for any other reason, just because it was so much fun just doing it.

Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about choosing this as a career?

DhoomBros: Our parents have always supported us, Alhamdulillah, they were ok with whatever we do as long as we are giving it our best and also stick to our basic culture, religion and roots.

Times of Youth: Why ‘DhoomBros’? Who came up with it and what made you zero in on it as a name of your group?

DhoomBros: The word ‘Dhoom’ came along when Sheharyar and Hussain danced on the song ‘Dhoom Machale’ from ‘Dhoom 2’ movie in a school talent show and since they were brothers the whole school started calling them ‘Dhoom brothers’ and that’s how we came up with this name.

Times of Youth: We hear that your first funny video was shot in 30 sec parts from a phone camera in 2006 with manual background music and paper-written credits. Despite of working so crudely, how was the response to it?

DhoomBros: Yes, unfortunately that video never got posted on any social media because it got deleted. But we loved the experience so much that we wanted to do more. But yes, that was our very first video that we made.

FETISHES-
Dressing style in a word: Improved
Oldest item in your closet?: Wigs
A thing of extravagance: Skydiving
Must have for any social media sensation: Passion, honesty and consistency

Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up anyone? Who designs the final concepts?

DhoomBros: Most of the times, we observe people and things happening around us and convert that into comedy. We all come up with the concepts, equally contributed.

Times of Youth: Considering you’re into several interests in entertaining audiences, which do you prefer the most- dancing, acting, direction or any other preference?

DhoomBros: Hussain loves to act and will continue his career in that. Sheharyar, Atif and Waqas enjoy the experience on behind the camera and would love to direct film in future.

Times of Youth: Your group recently wrapped up the webseries ‘iDeewane’. Unlike your other videos, it had a lot of emotional scenes. Was it sentimentally taxing for you guys?

DhoomBros: ‘IDeewane’ was a different experience, and since we found that little actor within us, and as an actor we should be capable and be prepared for doing all kind of different emotions and situations. We enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially internet and social media sensations like you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has the journey been so far?

DhoomBros: Unlike other comedians, we are not trying to make a living of our comic skills, we would love to have our career in film making. And journey so far is very smooth, thanks to our parents. Shukar Alhamdulillah.

LIFESTYLE-
You’re addicted to: Movies
Favorite hangout place: Halal cafe & desserts
Mindless Comedy or Rom-Com: Mindless Comedy

Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which you cherish the most?

DhoomBros: Our personal favorites are ‘Blessing of Ramadan’, ‘My mom’ and ‘The Perfect Memory’.

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

DhoomBros: We have a lot of new projects coming out this year. I’m excited for all of them.

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

DhoomBros: We make our work for ourselves and as long as we enjoy it and love it, that’s good enough. But yes, with all that love people give your work, people will criticize your work and we are totally open to any suggestions and criticizers.

Times of Youth: Plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you guys ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

DhoomBros: Yes, we have, but we don’t mind, because only the original stays.

Times of Youth: What has been your most memorable experience in your journey of spreading smiles?

DhoomBros: When we perform like dances or on tours, those are the most memorable moments.

JUST YOU-
Most native thing about you: The accent
A thing of joy to you: Performing
The most funny thing about you: You should tell us
Best de-stressor: Gyming
If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be: We love us, so nothing.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young aspiring video makers via TIMES OF YOUTH?

DhoomBros: Please continue on what you are doing and represent the international youth.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

DhoomBros: You can message us on [email protected]

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Always believe in you. People will try to stop you and discourage you, but you have to believe in yourself. Just focus on what you’re doing, ignore the haters and never envy other people’s success.
-Umair Khaliq


Times of Youth: We’re delighted to know you finally. Do tell our readers about your work in brief.

Umair Khaliq: I’m Umair Khaliq and I do a lot of things like web development, blogging, short videos making and currently I’m working on a song as well. My dream is to do every possible thing I can, I don’t want any limits in my life. I just want to explore my life, in short, I want to live. However, most of my fame comes from my videos.

Times of Youth: As you describe yourself as a ‘funky bipolar’ person, what exactly does that mean?

Umair Khaliq: That’s because my mood changes from happy to sad, pretty fast. I have an extremely depressed side. Well, I just love being sad sometimes. I think too much about the sadness around the world, even sometimes if I see any crying baby on the road, I get depressed. However, no one can even tell when I’m depressed, I have that art to hide my emotions and entertain people in every kind of mood. That’s why I describe myself as a ‘funky bipolar’ person; add some ‘ninja’ kind of word to that as well.

Times of Youth: Considering your varied interests, what do you consider your ultimate calling?

Umair Khaliq: I think being an entertainer is what I like the most. I just love it when I’m the reason behind someone’s happiness.

Times of Youth: Which was your first video? How was the response to it?

Umair Khaliq: I used to make videos back in time when YouTube wasn’t banned in Pakistan. Though, at that time the only audience I had was my family and friends. I know those videos weren’t good, but everyone appreciated me. Later on, when I started getting a bit of an audience, YouTube got banned in Pakistan and I lost motivation. If I wouldn’t have stopped, then I might have been at some other level at this moment, but that’s life, you always face ups and downs.

Times of Youth: Tell us more about the styles of blogs that you would write.

Umair Khaliq: Well, it’s been a while I didn’t write any blogs, but I used to write about inspirational stuff, life issues and sometimes about technology as well.

Times of Youth: Video makers, we hear, especially  internet and social media sensations like you are, have a rough ride in terms of making a living. So, how has your journey been so far?

Umair Khaliq: Well, I make videos because I like doing it and I want to see people smiling. I never care about money, I work part-time and make enough money to support myself.

Times of Youth: Considering you have developed many websites over the years, what would you call your best work?

Umair Khaliq: The best one was aboutwebmaster.com, that was a webmaster discussion forum along with a basic website, which I sold to the guys at webmaster.net. Later, they disposed the website and just kept the forum.

Times of Youth: Any other specific work of yours which you cherish the most?

Umair Khaliq: I never look back, what’s done is gone. I just look forward.

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

Umair Khaliq: Criticism is a part of anything you do. I got a lot of criticism when I started making videos, I picked the positive criticism and I really thank those people, they helped me improve. However, sometimes all you can see is hate erupting out of people, then the best thing I believe and what I’ve been doing is ignoring those haters. However, now I am trying to love them, because spreading love is my life goal.

Times of Youth: What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read the following-

Computer: Java
Love: Maa
Parents: Love
Youth: Judgmental
Humor:  Umair
Life: Adventure

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects/blogs/videos that we should watch out for?

Umair Khaliq: Currently, I’m working on a hip-hop rap song along with a short movie called, ‘The Dream’ that is the story of a guy who fights for his dream.

Times of Youth: What has been your most unforgettable experience in your journey of versatility?

Umair Khaliq: My first payment when I sold my first website back in 2008 for 120 euros. I gave it all to my mother, but she didn’t accept as she wanted me to have it for my hardwork!

Times of Youth: Tell us something that describes your state of mind at this point.

Umair Khaliq: I am in a hurry, I am already 20 and have made no positive difference in this world. I want to make sure I do something good to this world before I die.

Times of Youth: You claim to want to be someone who makes a positive difference in this world. Do tell us what ideas/plans you have in mind in this regard.

Umair Khaliq: Currently, I am making videos to make people smile. I am planning to do a series of videos debating on hate and helping people of different cultures, race and countries to understand we are all humans in the first place. I just want to beat hate, I believe in myself. I hope one day I will beat hate.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming software developers and short video makers who still have a long way to go?

Umair Khaliq: Always believe in you. People will try to stop you and discourage you, but you have to believe in yourself. Just focus on what you’re doing, ignore the haters and never envy other people’s success.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

Umair Khaliq: They can email me at [email protected] or send me a message on my official facebook page.

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Set a positive goal for yourself. Once you set your goal, you need to make sure that you wholeheartedly intend to serve your religion, country, family and friends.
-Khurram Hussain

Times of Youth: How would you describe yourself? Do give us a brief introduction.

Khurram Hussain: I am a simple, common man who is very passionate about his work and strives to be a good Muslim and earn as many blessings of the Almighty Allah as possible. My life circles around my work and family, the two things that mean the most to me.

I have been through tons of hardships to reach where I am today and Alhamdulillah I am thankful for each and every obstacle that I have faced in life, for it has made me who I am today.

I have completed my B.A (Honors) in Islamiyat and Computer studies from Sheikh Zayed University. After which I went for my Masters in Islamic Studies from Karachi University. I began my teaching career from Beaconhouse School System, where I taught Islamiyat and Computers to O’ levels. Since then I have been affiliated with several prestigious organizations.

Times of Youth: Who inspired you to take up this profession?

Khurram Hussain: Since my university days I was deeply inspired by my teacher, Sir Tayyab. He helped me out a couple of times. He was my inspiration. I wanted to be like him, a good teacher.

Actually my desire to teach first blossomed when I went to give a demo class at Quaid-e-Azam school on the highway, after my intermediate. Though teaching a class of naughty grade 8 boys, being only 4 -5 years older than them, was not an easy experience but I pulled it off well; and that made me feel that it was what I was meant to do. It seemed like my destination, a new found passion. Somewhere deep down I had decided what I wanted to become; and meeting Sir Tayyab helped me in realizing that I should pursue my dream.

Times of Youth: If not this, what else would you have taken up as your 2nd career of choice and why?

Khurram Hussain: I have always believed in working of the betterment for my religion and my country, so I am sure whatever I would have chosen would have been for this very cause.

I would’ve also loved to become a cricketer. I’m a huge fan of the game and was a skilled bowler when I played with my friends back in the days.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how has your experience has been in your current field so far.

Khurram Hussain: I find teaching to be a very rewarding profession; you can actually witness your hard work paying off. You can see your students blossom under the light of what you’ve taught them. My experience as a teacher has been amazing. I have Alhamdulillah found my profession in my passion. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Allah has blessed me with a successful career in what I love doing.

Times of Youth: What is your philosophy of education?

Khurram Hussain: To me, education is not just about studying and exams. Education is an art; the art of learning, the art of implementing, the art of understanding. There’s a lot more to it than just the worthless race for grades and scores. Education shouldn’t just remain in your knowledge and mind, real education is what shows in your personality, your speaking and you overall. Education doesn’t mean to only know, it’s about your mental, spiritual, and personal grooming.

Times of Youth: How would your students describe you as a teacher?

Khurram Hussain: A question like this can only be answered by my students; you can expect various answers, both positive and negative. Everyone has a right to have opinions. Many of my students have expressed their very kind views about me on my Facebook profile, the overwhelming response made me feel honored and blessed.

Times of Youth: What kind of a student were you in your schooling years?

Khurram Hussain: I was always a very quiet and shy kid. Always tried to be modest and respected my teachers. As far as my academics are concerned, I was an average student.

Times of Youth: What is the most difficult aspect of teaching today?

Khurram Hussain: With the advancements in today’s era, students are becoming more knowledgeable and enthusiastic learners. Every student has a passion, an opinion and goals; which is very good, but what I feel is lost somewhere in all this are the ethics and moral values that students in the older times withheld. The same values that I remember abiding by as a kid. In my opinion, inculcating those values back in the students is the most difficult aspect of teaching today.

Times of Youth: What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?

Khurram Hussain: I enjoy spending my time in learning new things about my subject and anything in general. I also love to play cricket for which I hardly get any time now as all of us friends are busy with our personal and professional lives. Last but definitely not the least; I love to shop especially clothes, watches and shoes.

Times of Youth: Describe your ideal classroom.

Khurram Hussain: An ideal classroom is something non-existent. You can’t imagine to have an ideal example of a place where many imperfect people come together to learn, to get educated. There are going to be mistakes, there is going to be confusion; but I believe an ideal classroom should be a place in which imperfect people go inside and come out learned, knowledgeable and victorious over their imperfections.

 Times of Youth: If you could start your career over again, what would you do differently?

Khurram Hussain: If I could start it all over again, I would keep record of every student that I teach and will try to send them greetings on special occasions.

 Times of Youth: What is one question nobody has ever asked you— that you wish they asked you? 

Khurram Hussain: This is one difficult question to answer. As a teacher of hundreds of students a year, I get asked a lot of questions. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. So I really can’t come up with what’s still left to ask.

Times of Youth: What message would you like to give to the youth of today?

Khurram Hussain: As I have said in my previous interview, I have a few rules for every person who’s aiming to be successful. It’s more like 4 ingredients or steps to my recipe of success. I share it with my students every year to help them become better people of a better society. It goes something like this:

1) Set a positive goal for yourself. Once you set your goal, you need to make sure that you wholeheartedly intend to serve your religion, country, family and friends.
2) Work as hard as you possibly can with immense determination until you achieve your desired goal. Never give up on your goals in life.
3) Keep strengthening your faith through your prayers, and keep seeking God’s guidance. Believe in yourself, and believe that you are capable of achieving anything in the world as long as you have Allah’s assistance. Success will definitely be yours.
4) Once you have achieved your goal or have come near to it, be grateful to God; spread His word, share His blessings with His men. In the name of Allah, give back the fair share of what you have been blessed with, to the society.

This is exactly what I have followed in my life and I recommend this to every other individual in my life, especially my students.

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Exclusive Interview of Zidane Hamid

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 If I would have a chance, I would try a policy that every mind must get education and every stomach should be given food. I hope It will bring peace in and peace out to everybody.
-Zidane Hamid


Times of Youth: In brief, enlighten our readers about yourself for those who may be unaware.

Zidane Hamid: I am Zidane Hamid,’The Youngest Speaker’, I feel a thirsty eager soul within me, the quest to quench the thirst of knowledge is bringing me more to know about the nature in the way I feel myself more closer to it by every passing moment.

Times of Youth: What is the role of your family with regards to your success? 

Zidane Hamid: Like everybody, I too owe a lot to my family. As I am doing home education , My all treasure hunt is facilitated by my family and my home is everything for me- a laboratory, library, school, university and a play land.

Times of Youth: At the age of 4, you’ve already visit different schools, universities and events to speak about varied subjects and topics. How can you be so awesome at such a teeny-weeny age?

Zidane Hamid: Its just Allah Almighty’s mercy. I feel myself lucky to be chosen for the mission to convey and encourage people that knowing and education is very easy and it opens many doors of wisdom to human and makes us human beings in real means.

Times of Youth: Your achievements have made you a prodigy that thousands of children and parents look up to. Do tell us about the source of your ingenuity and the World Record you set thereby.

Zidane Hamid: My curiosity is my ingenuity and I am the youngest one ever to deliver lectures on different topics with adequate knowledge.

Times of Youth: So, what are your current endeavors in academics?

Zidane Hamid: I am studying and equally focused on my academics. I hope I will do something new . I study at home and in evenings I find proper exposure to execute what I study.

 Times of Youth: Super genius, Miracle baby, Source of inspiration, Future scientist, The Little professor, The Chemistry Cockroach are the diverse names people call you by. How does that make you feel? Which one do you like the best?

Zidane Hamid: I feel every title given to me is the love of my well wishers and appreciation of the intelligence I am blessed with. I really respect every word dedicated to me. I feel a positive boost up. Among all I like “ The Little Professor”

Times of Youth: You deliver speeches on Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Geography, Geology, Astronomy, IT, History, Poetry, Religion, and different Social topics. How in the world you manage to remember so much, given the diversity in concepts of each? 

Zidane Hamid: All subjects you mentioned carry knowledge and logic. I always try to discover what I see and once I go through a certain topic I begin by trying to unwrap it and see what’s really at the core of things. That’s not possible without Lord’s special blessings.

Times of Youth: We hear that Video games, Poetry, Cricket, Football, Boxing, Volleyball, Qur’an, Traveling, Photography are your other passions. Considering your knowledge and mental capacity, how do you manage to have so many other extracurricular interests as well? 

Zidane Hamid: Time management is a great art and I manage and enjoy myself every moment of life, even when I sleep. So 24 hours is a much enough time if we know what, how and when to do.

Times of Youth: At the end of it all, what is your real aim in life? 

Zidane Hamid: The real aim is to bring a positive change to the world that I feel is also the purpose of creation as well.

Times of Youth: What has been your biggest moment of pride? 

Zidane Hamid: Every moment passing by is something astonishing and exciting for me, When I discover something new, that’s a moment of pride. I feel much excited when I get proper results of my experiments.

Times of Youth: What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read the following-

Zidane: Wisdom
Parents: Blessings
Study: Fun
Genius: God’s Gift
Life: Test

Times of Youth: Now that you are the youngest speaker in the world, which other record breaking feats are on your mind, that you’d like to accomplish in future?

Zidane Hamid: I have some cards close to my chest, but I assure you I have lots of news in coming years for my country and nation. I feel many new things are on the way and every new year coming will bring great news for me.

Times of Youth: If you were given one wish, what would it be?

Zidane Hamid: This world should be a peaceful place is the one wish that often comes to my mind. Imagine how would it look like If everybody can tolerate and love the other!

Times of Youth: Considering your enormous intellectual potential, we believe that you have the power to bring a rational change in the world. If given a chance, what would you like to do to make this world place a better place? 

Zidane Hamid: If I would have a chance, I would try a policy that every mind must get education and every stomach should be given food. I hope It will bring peace in and peace out to everybody.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the upcoming young geniuses via Times Of Youth? 

Zidane Hamid: I would advise the young ones to be sincere with their studies, to indulge in healthy activities, to respect their elders and to value the time.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how your admirers can reach you to share their appreciation/queries. 

Zidane Hamid: Yes I am available on my website and social media links and some times when I gather out side at events.

Website: www.zidanehamid.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zidane.hk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/zidane_hk

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Times of Youth: How would you describe yourself for our readers who may not be aware about your work?

3 Idiots: We are a group of 3 idiots, sorry, 3 friends- Hammad , Kashan & Faisal. We make funny & message based short videos. By profession we are software engineers, but acting is our passion.

Times of Youth: When did you decide that comedy and short video making was your calling?

3 Idiots: It was first year of university when Hammad came to me (Kashan) & said, “Chal yar koi Video banatay hain” [Come friend, let’s make some video]. I said why not, and then we started making short videos on different topics which were all funny. People start liking our videos & then we realized that we have to explore ourselves more & we did it.

Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about being comedians?

3 Idiots: My father would say, “Son, education comes first, then everything.” Our families had the least interest in our video making; they didn’t know that this thing will give us huge fame one day, & when we became famous & won several prizes in short film making they appreciated us as we made them feel proud.

Times of Youth: Why was ‘3 Idiots’ chosen as a name of your group? What inspiration was drawn from the popular Bollywood movie by the same name?

3 Idiots: Yes of course, this name was taken from the movie ‘3 Idiots’ as we were also 3 idiots. We were confused what will be the name of our group. In the mean while, this movie released, so we decided to put the same name of our group.

Times of Youth: Which was your first funny video? How was the response to it?

3 Idiots: Our first funny video was “Matrix do bar loaded”. The response was good as we got famous in our classroom. Then we made a page & start making videos & got fame from class room to university level to city level to country level.

Times of Youth: Why are most of your videos made as parodies of someone or something?

3 Idiots: We only make funny videos which are message based as well. Parodies depends upon the trending situation.

Times of Youth: Apparently, your most watched video has been ‘Aamir Liaquat parody’. How do you feel about its overwhelming number of views and its subsequent feedback?

3 Idiots: Obviously we feel good (Aamir Liaquat parody was the biggest hit of its time). So many people know us by this video. We don’t have any grudges against Aamir Liaquat; it was just for fun & a great experience.

Times of Youth: Another series of your most popular short videos is the ‘Puppa series’. How did you guys conjure up the idea to make it? What do you feel about its response?

3 Idiots: Ah! My favourite, too. Hammad came up with the idea that we should make a video in which a son is doing some bad things & his father will be the villain for him. When we released Puppa part 1 the response was great, so we decided to make more parts & now puppa series has 15 parts & another one to come soon. It is in demand.

Times of Youth: Considering the amount of fun you guys have made of people, did it ever backfire? How? What did you do to cope with it?

3 Idiots: Yes, many times. When we make any video on politics or religion, people start pasting Quranic verses in comments box rather than understanding the message behind it. Moreover, many people don’t like us because of our fame & as a result we have lost 2 Facebook pages so far with around 30k+ Fans. We don’t know why people do this? I think jealousy is a disease; we wish them to get well soon.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially Internet and social media sensations that you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has the journey been so far?

3 Idiots: Obviously it is, as we have to manage two things- our career i.e., Programming, & our passion i.e., Acting. We believe success in acting is all about being there at the right time at the right place. Your job is to be ready.

Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which you cherish the most?

3 Idiots: Acting, acting, acting; even when we are not making videos, we start acting with our family, spouse & friends which enhances the power of observation in us. This is so stupid but we love it.

Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up anyone?

3 Idiots: We deal with the common people. Strategy requires thought, acting require observation.

Times of Youth: In your journey of spreading laughter, you guys have received several short video making awards and nationwide recognition. Of all the moments, which one has been the most memorable overall?

3 Idiots: We have received three first prize awards for our video “Message in a bottle”. Of all these, PNCA Islamabad was memorable for us as Hon’ble Prime Minister of Pakistan himself gave award & out of 400 videos, we got first prize in the form of cannon 650D DSLR & we were like “alaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddddddddd”

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

3 Idiots: We are planning another part of Puppa Series after 2 years & also working for some campaigns.

Times of Youth: Tell us something funny.

3 Idiots: Girls of 1995-
“AGAR TUM MIL JAO ZAMANA CHOR DENGE HUM”
Girls of 2015-
“AGAR TUM MIL JAO PURANA CHOR DENGE HUM”
[Roman Urdu]

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

3 Idiots: Yes, many times, but as we believe that one who has a right to criticize, has a heart to help. Criticism helps us to improve our mistakes & flaws in acting or producing a short film. I think it is a good sign.

Times of Youth: We know that plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you guys ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

3 Idiots: Well, stealing ideas is a very bad thing; this is someone else’s property. Those who steal show that they have a limited thinking power & can’t think out of box. So many of our videos have been reshot by different channels & this has made us proud that we are doing quality work at least.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming comedians who still have a long way to go?

3 Idiots: We will advise them to keep making funny but message based content which spread awareness with some fun.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

3 Idiots: Fans can contact us via our official fan page: www.fb.com/3.idiotzz

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You know few years ago, I used to read other entertainers’ interviews and other info on Google, Wikipedia, Facebook etc. Today I am being interviewed. The point of telling you guys this is dream big, never give up and fight for your self.
-Furqan Shayk



Times of Youth: Do tell us a little about yourself for those who may not know about you or your work.

Furqan Shayk: Hey, My name is Furqan Shayk and I make small vines and I try to do comedy skits on YouTube and Facebook in hope that it will make people laugh and I think I kind of succeed sometimes.

Times of Youth: If you weren’t an entertainer, what would you rather be?

Furqan Shayk: I am sure I would be a cricketer, but I know my goal would be to serve the nation.

Times of Youth: Has making fun of others ever backfired for you?

Furqan Shayk: I have never made fun of anyone or targeted people when I’m making fun of a group. That’s what I believe when I create any content. I try to make sure I don’t hurt anyone’s race or feeling.

Times of Youth: Who’s sense of humor have you admired the most in your life?

Furqan Shayk: My Mamu’s (Maternal uncle’s) and my father’s. I mean they are the funniest people I know in real life.

Times of Youth: On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself as an entertainer, honestly?

Furqan Shayk: If I say 10, I will sound cocky and over confident, so I cannot really rate myself as an entertainer. I will let audiences do it for me. Its they who laugh at my jokes, not me laughing at my own jokes.

Times of Youth: Tell us one quote which you hold very dear to your heart.

Furqan Shayk: Respect all, fear none.

Times of Youth: Is there any piece of advice which you wished someone would have given you at the start of your career? And what should it have been?

Furqan Shayk: ‘Just ignore what others say’, I wish someone would have said it to me.

Times of Youth: What makes your day? And what spoils it?

Furqan Shayk: Food makes my day; if its tasty, I am happy. When someone shouts at me or treats me like crap, it really spoils my day and mood.

Times of Youth: In this fast paced world, with all the craziness and work loads, how do you de-stress?

Furqan Shayk: Whenever I feel stressed or bad, I go out for a walk. Few blocks away from my home there is a grave yard, I sit right outside of it and I tell myself you will come here one day and that day time can come anytime, so you don’t have time. So, breathe some fresh air, go back and fight.

Things we’d like to know about you-

LIFESTYLE-

A clothing brand you’re hung up on: None. I really don’t care about brands. If it looks good on me, I get it. Doesn’t really matter for me if its CK or VANS.
You’re addicted to: Skateboarding. If the sun is out, you will find me at skatepark.
Favorite holiday place: Portugal. I love beaches and water sports.
Love or money: None.
Western music or Traditional music: Traditional.

FETISHES-

Fragrance you wear often: CK One Summer.
Favorite dressing style: Skater style.
Oldest item in your closet?: My Sherwani from 1st grade.
A thing of extravagance: Watches.

JUST YOU-

Most native thing about you: Eating style.
What makes you extremely happy?: Food.
The most funny thing about you: Pronunciation.
Best de-stressor: Cold wind on top of some building.

Times of Youth: Which projects of yours are you most proud about?

Furqan Shayk: I am really proud about one of my collaborative work regarding water wastage which went really viral and got upto 10 million views and still counting. It also got featured in Huffington post. I think there are more projects which I am very proud of but they haven’t been uploaded or public can see them eg. regarding electricity waste and crime.

Times of Youth: Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?

Furqan Shayk: Man proposes, God disposes. In 5 years, I don’t know where my life takes me. 2 years ago I didn’t know where my life will be. I planned something and something else happened right after 2 years but here i am today with 500k amazing fan following, So can’t really say anything, Yes I do have goals in my life- 1. To be a rapper; 2. Film actor.

Times of Youth: If you’d be given an opportunity to meet any one person in the world, who would it be? And why?

Furqan Shayk: I would like to meet Moin Akhtar, because he was and still is one of the best comic and entertainer of our country.

Times of Youth: Any message to your fans or followers via Times Of Youth?

Furqan Shayk: You know few years ago, I used to read other entertainers’ interviews and other info on Google, Wikipedia, Facebook etc. Today I am being interviewed. The point of telling you guys this is dream big, never give up and fight for your self.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how can fans contact you to share their comment/suggestions/feedback.

Furqan Shayk: You guys can easily contact me via my Facebook fan page or simply message me.

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