Why Dr. Shamsa Qureshi Was Not Thanked Enough?
27 February 2014
The well publicized Interfaith Naatia Mushaira
convened on the evening of 21 February at the
Richardson Civic Center was a modest success. It was
modest because of the time embargo placed by the
authorities that bound the organizers to start at 8 pm
and terminate at 12 O'clock midnight. The poets and
the audiences were amused but at the same time
remained under a burgeoning pressure about the end
time fast approaching. In this world of human errors
and shortcomings it would be utterly difficult to go
by the ticking clock. One can imagine the hypertension
of the last few poets who were not sure whether there
would enough time left for them to deliver their
pieces of poetry composed over a period of time and
with lot of brain storming.
But one thing that has really saddened me is that one
of the leading sponsors and helpers in making this
evening otherwise an illuminating success was not
applauded or thanked enough for her substantial for
her services including serving snacks. She donated
$200 that was the highest of the combined 8 donors.
Dr. Shamsa moved into DFW a couple of years ago. She
is a poet and more than that she is a generous person
who goes as far possible for contributing towards
social and literary functions such as the one we
witnessed on the evening of 21st February.
To ignore her by way of expressing gratitude for her
financial support and dedication is to dishearten an
inspiring member of the community from her passion to
serve such nice causes in future. I have closely
observed Dr. Shamsa and her illustrious husband also a
prominent medical specialist. This couple is among
those who can be adjudged as fine human beings. Dr.
Shamsa has distinguished herself as a model of Good
Samaritan, of compassion, generosity as exemplified
from her latest praiseworthy participation in this
interfaith Naatia Mushaira. She is soft spoken and
very humble at the same time and is a great host.
I would expect and urge the chief organizer of this
unique Mushaira Jinab Mike Ghouse to make amends by
offering a profound apology to Dr. Shamsa and pay her
befitting gratitude by helping him and the Mushaira by
"Damay, Darmay, and Sukhnay".
The writer is a senior journalist, former editor of
Diplomatic Times and a former diplomat. His blog is