Altamish Jiwa: A Man Of Few Words

This interview I took when I was working in Geo TV in 2012. This interview was posted on Geovision website. I am sharing some chunks of the interview over here for my readers.

jiwa 2Casually dressed with a pleasant smile on his face, he updates viewers with recent happenings in the world of sports. His firm conviction, sincere passion and love for sports earn him recognition over a short period of time. A lively person by nature, Altamish Jiwa is one of the few sports anchors whose enthusiasm and passion for sports is reflected through his anchoring.

There is a saying, “You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing,” so it’s not wrong to say that Jiwa is one of the fortunate ones whose passion becomes his profession.

Jiwa joined media in 2005 as an intern at a business channel. His inclination towards sports leads him to the position where he is currently present now. As a sports anchor, he gets an opportunity to take exclusive interviews with the biggies of sports including the Tennis Maestro Roger Federer, world-class Boxer Amir Khan, Former World no.1 Tennis player Ana Ivanovic, the Giant killing Sweden’s Robin Soderling and many others.

May 2011 is the year when he made his way to the Geo News as a sports anchor. Here in this channel, he started off covering many local talents through his show. His lists of accomplishments continue to grow; recently he has also covered the T-20 world cup in Sri Lanka which proves a big boost to his professional career.

Despite his achievement, he hasn’t let success go to his head. He is humble yet energetic and his love for sports is his forte. Geo Vision brings you a light chit-chat with dynamic and ingenuous Altamish Jiwa who believes that whatever one strives to do in his life, it’s purely the will of Almighty.

Madiha Akhtar: Why you choose to be a Sports anchor?

Altamish Jiwa: It was a mere coincidence. My news-editor in my previous channel was the one who motivated me towards the profession of anchoring. After which there was no looking back.

Nevertheless I love what I do right now, and frankly speaking nothing excites me more than being close to ‘World of Sports’.

MA: How did you enter this field?

AJ: I joined media during my university days. One of my professors in my university was the one who forwarded my resume to the News channel. Although I never had any plan to enter the media industry, but I guess something are meant to happen and here I am!

MA: According to you, what three qualities are needed to become a sports anchor?

altamish-roger-federer-e1356378170340AJ: Firstly, one should have an immense love for sports. Secondly, passion for what one is doing. And finally, one needs to be super energetic. I believe it’s significant for a sports anchor to possess at least the above mentioned attributes, or else it can become quite boring for the person and viewers as well.

MA: Who is your inspiration in the field of anchoring?

AJ: Ali Mustafa, a Pakistani journalist and an anchor to whom I look up to. He is brilliant at whatever he does. Then a person whose work inspires me is a CNN anchor and correspondent Jonathan Mann.

MA: Give one positive and negative point of being a sports-anchor?

AJ: Everyday I feel upbeat at work because I am doing something what I love. Having said that, the drawback is obvious; you don’t get to enjoy the thrill of the game or be a part of any action, as you have to do your job. Moreover you have to act neutral and cannot show your inclination towards a particular player.

MA: While doing live shows, did you face any mishap? What was it?

AJ: Yes, there are many things that may go wrong in a live show. Once I forgot the correspondent name and though it was an embarrassing situation but as we say; ‘To err is human’. And what makes it apart is to not show any lines of fret on your face rather carry on with your work calmly.

MA: Your most memorable moment while doing shows?

AJ: During my career, I got an opportunity to meet the Tennis ace Roger Federer and fortunately also had an one-on-one interview with him. It is one of the best moments of my career because I really admire his game.

MA: Do you think that is there any scope for sports anchor in Pakistan?

AJ: Previously there was only one channel and in those times one might see very few people opting for the sports beat. However, as the media is evolving day by day, more and more opportunities are created for the budding talent to take up the career professionally. Though still more awareness is needed for recognition among the masses but I believe something is better than nothing.jiwa 3

MA: Do you think that looks are given more importance than knowledge for being an anchor…your take?

AJ: For me, I think there should be a balance of both presentation and knowledge.

MA: What has been your favorite news in the field of sports that made your day?

AJ: I used to host a segment ‘Local Sports’ on Geo News where I covered our local athlete. It was a great feeling to see our local talent doing something good in sports and as a sports anchor, bringing any news of their small or big achievement to the limelight made me happy.

MA: Who has been your all-time favorite sportsperson?

AJ: Roger Federer all the way! Even though he is a big star but he does not throw any tantrums. Personally I found him a very humble human being.

MA: Other than you, who is your favorite anchor (sports/entertainment/weekly) in Geo TV?jiwa 5

AJ: Danish Anis, Fatima Saleem and Marium Ismail—what I like about all three of them is their presentation which is very lively and exciting. Besides they are fun to watch.

MA: What are your goals for future?

AJ: I want to pursue my career in the field of sports and do something extraordinarily good. Furthermore, my plan is to switch on to the production side.

MA: How has been your experience working with Geo channel?

AJ: I am happy to be a part of TeamGeo. The organisation has given me an opportunity to cover the T20 world cup in Sri Lanka which became a life-changing experience for me. Most importantly I am grateful to Almighty Allah who has provided me a great platform to progress.

MA: Your message to readers!

AJ: Don’t come for the glamour! A person who truly enjoys sports and has a passion for it, this field is for them. Therefore if you want to join the media as sports journalist, be here for the right reason because it’s a great profession to be in…


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Technology Makes Life Easier for Working Women in Today’s Era

technologyResearch reveals that working women have to bear so much stress because they have to juggle between two jobs. On the one end they have to look after their family and on the other, tension for their work. Therefore these women have to maintain a balance between the two.

Back in the times, it might be a challenge for working women to bring up children and focus on their career due to far less technological advancement. However, now with the aid of modern technology the women of today can stay organized and prepare their routine perfecting the balancing act between work and family life.

Gone were the days when these working women used to come back home from work and gave themselves away to the kitchen and household chores for hours at a stretch.  Now they have more technological facilities to falter on and hence seem to manage their household efficiently by using modern-day electronic home appliances.

Now working women do not have to compromise on the health of their family. Microwave ovens, regular ovens and other modern home appliances have made cooking easy which means one do not have to drudge long in kitchen. The hardest part of getting meals on the table is what to cook with the ingredients on hand. But with different recipe apps or cooking shows online have helped women to sift through millions of recipes from leading sites all over the Internet. The best online recipes often include step-by-step photo tutorials or even instructional videos, so it’s easier than ever to step out of your comfort zone.

Furthermore, today’s technology empowers these working women to stay connected with their children and their family through mobile phones or even social networking. Keeping a family organized and all on the same page is no small feat.



Stay Connected

One of the other perks of technology that women enjoyed most is the flexibility to work from home. One doesn’t have to leave their sick kids home with a relative or maid and worry about them the entire day at work. Thanks to laptop and the internet they can always stay connected and on the go in terms of their work, without missing out on the lives of their kids.

Managing time is a big task for the working women. In the past, one has to wait in a queue for long hours to pay bills. However, in today’s times with online banking and online transaction, it has made lives easier for working women. They can pay their bills without missing the due date.

Similarly online shopping is prevalent in today’s working women.  One does not have to roam around the malls to shop for their favorite dress or for any household item. You are just one click away to buy your sought-after item. This is one of the best ways to shop for your clothes, accessories, gadgets and even groceries. One of the advantages of online shopping is that women can save a lot of time while investing their precious time to their family.


Juggling their Way Out

Juggling different roles from being a caregiver, home financier and sometimes a chef is what women have been trying to do for centuries. The only difference is that today women have more facilities which probably women of yesteryear didn’t have it.  The technological advances of this age enable working women the opportunity to maintain their status as competent and effective employees that contribute to the business’ success, without neglecting their offspring or household duties.

Ways to Connect through Social Media

Who is not known to Facebook?  You are a student, employee in any firm or even a home person everyone is

World of Social Media

familiar with the famous social network.  It has become our habit to upload the status for even the minuscule work we do. We upload the photos so that everyone can see what we are doing. It is considered ‘cool’ to be seen as active in the world of Facebook (fb).  Though fb is mostly to connect with friends and family, there are others like LinkedIn and twitter that are also becoming popular day by day.

Recently I read an article which actually describes about how you can gain advantage from social media.  It actually explains the five ways to get social with these social networks. Firstly to start anything, you should have clear aim of what is the use and why you want to use it? Secondly the article focuses on to channelized your energy into the right direction which means that only join those communities that are beneficial for you. It is necessary to be heard by people. Thirdly to influence to take action this is manifested in the Egypt revolution. There was a young Egyptian-born Wael Ghonim, who is a senior marketing executive at Google who actually uses the Facebook page for the mutiny in the Egypt that causes Hosni Mubarak to step down as President. Whereas, fourth and last is to listen to your audience-for instance if you write an article and share it in the Facebook so you receive the comments from your network friends. Whereas, if write a blog there are feedbacks by the readers which help you in your further writing. Though at times they exaggerate a lot, but there are some who criticize positively and they are your real feed backers.

All in all, it is an interesting piece and an informative one as well.  Although it is because of one line that really impels me to read the article: “Silence in itself conveys a message, so listen carefully!”