Journalistic interview: “Taking on the world” by Mairaj Khalid


Ellen: So! Shall we begin?

Interviewer: We already have! And I have to say that it is a pleasure to have a woman, such as you, for this interview.

E: The pleasure is mine.

I: The first thing I would like to ask is that, what compelled you to take on this journey?

E: As always, it is my love of sailing.

I: Ah! As others may have their own interests; yours is an interesting one. Also, during your voyage, it is known that something extraordinary occurred. I would like to know what had happened.

E: Well, this is the part of the ship, which required my utmost attention, for the ship’s mast was badly damaged and could only be repaired by attaching the new halyard right till the top of the mast. As you may know that a ninety foot tall mast, on a moving ship, is no easy job to climb.

I: A large task indeed, but surely you must have had some equipment to help you in this climb and; also, planned it before you attempted it.

E: Indeed I did! For with them, I took well over four hours to complete this job, who knows how I would have taken without them. I spent the night before the climb, preparing myself with what I could, such as taking certain tools, mouse lines for safety and other things that might come in handy. I also planned for hours on how to effectively use the halyard by its placement on the ground.

I: Safety first I would say, but did you still encounter difficulties during your climb and did you overcome them?

E: Many problems came during that climb, mostly which originated from the ship knocking against waves, which at times, almost sent me falling off the mast, made me lose almost all my tools, and getting the halyard stuck for a while, during the middle of the climb. Though, these problems were hard to overcome; I never lost my determination, and forced myself to complete this task with a single thought, “Not far now, kiddo…”

I: Through determination and maybe some luck, can we achieve our goals. Though, what did you feel after completing the job on the mast, and when you came down?

E: At both I felt tired and weary, but the only difference was that the job was incomplete, until I got down, as that is what I thought, “Not until you reach the deck, kiddo…”

I: It seems that it is time to put this interview at an end, and once again I must thank you for agreeing to it. Also will you be continuing your sea adventures?

E: Welcome, and you will be seeing me back on the ship again!


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I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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