Because it’s a Family Time for
This time, we took a special interview of much known fashion celebrity Redah Misbah, who is a good mother and lovable wife; here she shared the prized memories that splurge with her family…
Express the moment when you first meet with your partner?
I met Shammal in 2010 on a trip to Paris with Loreal Professional to celebrate their 100 years in the industry. I found a friend in him then, and I’m lucky that I shared a family with him now.
Tell us about your childhood home?
I spent most of my childhood in my grandparents’ family home in Karachi. I have a big family with many aunts, uncles and cousin so there was never a dull moment. When I was getting married I specifically wanted my Rukhsati to be from that house just because my time spent there had the best of memories…
How do you celebrate holidays with your family?
Well Shammal and I made a pact to travel abroad once a year just the two of us so we pick a destination and take some time.
Tell us about the day your first child was born?
My daughter Zoay was born on the 6th of August 2013 in London. My mother, Shammal and my sister in law Anum were with me and I don’t think any of us will ever forget the day because Zoay came into our lives. You truly don’t know how much you can love a human being until you have a child and it has been an amazing experience so far.
Suggest any 4 tips, how to take all the family relations in a proper manner?
- Manage and organize your time well if you are a working mother. What really worked for me was to set a schedule for Zoay that suited mine; it shouldn’t be the other way round.
- Make alone time with your spouse even though it might seem impossible with a child.
- Being a parent has its off days as well and when that happens one shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it and ask for guidance when you need it.
- Time spent with family should be of quality more than quantity
What do you prefer for your kids to choose best for their future, either the field in which you are working currently or any other?
I think a child should have the freedom to choose whatever they want. Passion for a skill or field comes from within and can’t be forced.
As you and your life partner are in same industry, so is it somehow helpful for both of you to understand each other or sometimes competition arises?
Both of us are lucky to working in the same fields and more importantly have parents who are pioneers in it. Whenever I have a problem and need a fresh perspective I always turn to Shammal for advice and vice versa. Our business models work out for us because they cater to very different market segments so no, competition hasn’t arisen.
What is more beneficial to spend a happily life…Love or arrange marriage?
What’s beneficial to spend a happily married life in either case is strong and open communication, compromise whenever needed and understanding your spouse.
Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did the cooking? What were your favorite foods?
Dinner is usually at 9 after Shammal and I go to the gym and although Zoay eats an hour before she joins us for desert which is always fruit. Shammal is an amazing cook, the complete opposite of me; I can’t cook to save my life so every Sunday he cooks something that we all enjoy.
How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child?
It has changed a lot in every way whether its technology or globalization and I won’t say it’s a negative change however in the fast paced life that we live today I feel it’s important to stay true to the family values I grew up knowing and to instill them in our children.