Muhammad Naveed Ahmed
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AWARD WINNING POET, WRITER/AUTHOR,RESEARCHER AND JOURNALIST, Muhammad Naveed Ahmed (Emmenay) was born on the 16th of December, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He was the first son born to Muzaffar Ahmed and Fatima Qudsia Ahmed and the eldest of five children.
He was keenly interested in literature and arts from his early childhood days.
In Pakistan, he got his early education at the P.A.F. Model School, Chaklala, which is now known as the P.A.F. College.
He passed his matriculation exams from the school securing a slot among the top three positions.
Naveed was declared as the 'Best Student' of the school as well as the 'Best Debator' and the 'Best Speaker'(English and Urdu)in 1974 & '75.
He was also in the school's hockey, cricket and judo teams; and Secretary of the P.A.F. Amateur Drama Society.
He passed his F.Sc. and B.A. exams from the distinguished F.G. Sir Syed College, Rawalpindi and then got his Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, securing First Divisions throughout.
He won the All Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Centenary Celebrations Speech Contest with an extempore speech "The Quaid As I See Him" in 1976.
He then sat for the tough Central Superior Services (CSS)Competitive Examination of the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad and passed the written, pyschological tests and final interview and passed with an aggregate of 75 per cent marks.
He has worked in almost all the major English language newspapers of Pakistan starting with 'The Muslim' in 1982. He also worked in 'Dawn' and 'The News International' holding senior editorial positions in both.
He has been writing editorials, articles, short stories, poems and features from 1980 onwards on topics ranging from national politics and international affairs to sports, films and culture.
He has also written film, drama and book reviews for 'The Nation', 'The Muslim', 'The Frontier Post', 'Dawn' and 'The News International'.
He has also worked in the 'Gulf News' newspaper and the 'Gulf Weekly' in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He edited the firs 'Dubai Airshow' journal at the time of the first airshow in 1993.
When contacted by well known journalist and politician Mushahid Hussain Syed in the 1990s and offered a job as Senior Research Fellow in the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, Naveed opted to join the government's psy-warfare campaign aimed at supporting the freedom struggle of the Kashmiris in the occupied Indian territory.
He spoke and wrote on the Kashmir issue at the Stimson Center's South Asia Internet Forum (SAIF), the Brookings Institution, the Asia Study Circle and the Dale Carnegie Institute for Peace, USA, during his stint as Senior Research Fellow affiliated with the Pakistan government's Ministry of Information in Islamabad.
He also worked with well known social worker and gifted orator, Javed Jabbar, when he replaced Mushahid Hussain as the federal information minister in 1999-2000.
Naveed is mostly known for his poetry in English, his horror/detective short stories and his column "The Hindu-Jewish Conspiracy" published in 'The News International' in 2002.
Naveed is the author of two published books.
One is a selected compilation of his poems titled "Unheard Melodies".
The other is a informative research-oriented book: "Kashmir the Vailing Valley."
Both the books were published from Islamabad, Pakistan, in 1999.
He has also authored four poetry e-books which can be accessed at http://www.bookrix.com/-emmenay
Naveed is a member of England's prestigious Royal Society of Literature.
He is a distinguished member of the International Society of Poets (ISP) and was nominated at "Poet of the Year" for 2007, after being chosen as the "Best Poet of 2007" by the ISP.
He has also been chosen as the "Poetry Ambassador" of Pakistan by the ISP
The International Library of Poetry based in Maryland, Baltimore (USA), has published his poems in all its anthologies starting from 1997.
His poems have also been brought out in the audio-CD format by the International Library of Poetry.
He has been invited by the ISP to officiate as judge in the Annual Poetry Bash at New York's Radio City Hall starting 2000 onwards.
He is featured in the International Poetry Hall of Fame of Maryland, Baltimore (USA) with three of his English poems highlighted along with his bio-profile.
He won the online haiku competition against acclaimed U.S. poetess Deborah Russell after a four-and-a-half hour marathon internet session in the winter of 2001.
He is also a member of another well known American poet Michael Rehling's Haikuhut (www.haikuhut.com) and the Ameen Rihani International Foundation (USA).
Naveed had a personal rapport with the well-known Pakistani poetess Parveen Shakir during and after his training at the Civil Services Academy in Lahore. He was also a long-distance friend of the late English poet Daud Kamal of Peshawar.
Naveed believes in human values, virtues, tolerance, friendship, love and the mystical significance of religion in leading an upright life.
His poetry and prose reflect his approach on life and living.
Naveed's role model is Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
He also holds the first four Caliphs of Islam, known as the "rightly guided caliphs", in high esteem.
Among personalities of the 20th-21st century, he admires Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy and the heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali (formerly known as Cassius Clay).
His favourite sports heroes, apart from Muhammad Ali, are former Pakistani hockey players Islahuddin, Samiullah, Hassan Sardar; former cricketer Imran Khan, squash players Geoff Hunt and Jehangir Khan and former Middleweight boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
Naveed's favourite literary personalities are Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (Urdu poet of international acclaim), Allama Iqbal (Urdu poet of the 20th century); English poets William Shakespeare, John Keats, Emily Bronte, Alexander Pope, Thomas Gray, William Wordsworth, Shelley, T.S. Eliott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Browning, Sylvia Plath and Parveen Shakir.
Among newspaper reporters and columnists he reads Art Buchwald, Suzanne Goldberg, Miles Kington and Robert Fisk.
His favourite TV talkshow personalities/interviewers are Larry King (CNN), Tim Sebastian (BBC), anchor Sonia Russler (CNN), Zia Mohiuddin and Tariq Aziz (PTV).
Among prose writers his favourites are the French novelist Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Somerset Maugham, Jerome K. Jerome, Maxim Gorky, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Nadine Godimer and Jeffrey Archer.
Topping his list of favourites in the film and stage worlds of the Western side are actor Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, Johnny Weissumuller, Sir Alec Guinness, Buster Keaton, Danny Kaye, Michael Landon, Clint Eastwood, Hedy Lamarr, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, Ingrid Bergman, Ava Gardner, Michael Landon, David Jansen, Lindsay Wagner, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Roger Moore, Daniel Day Lewis, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews and the late Bruce Lee.
He also holds singers K.L. Saigal, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Roshan Ara Begum, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in high regard. His favourites in the pop genre are Al Stewart, Chris de Burgh, Kenny Rogers, the bands America, Abba, Moody Blues and Pink Floyd.
The poet's favourite English poems are Alexander Pope's "Ode to Solitude"; Thomas Gray's "Elegy written in a country churchyard" and all of John Keats odes.
His favourite novels are Les Miserables, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, The Hound of the Baskervilles, To Kill a Mockingbird and Jack Schaefer's western classic, Shane.
He also has a penchant for Tuzk-e-Babri, Socrates works and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Naveed is also a martial arts practitioner with a leaning toward Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do and the use of the Chinese nun-chakus.
His hobbies are reading good books, photography, music and singing, amateur astronomy and watching movies especially the oldies and the classics.
Presently Naveed (whose name is also spelt as Navid) is working as a senior editor in one of the leading English news channels of Pakistan.
Interests: Reading, writing, photography, music, astronomy, palmistry, numerology and movies
Published writer: Yes