Dr. Waseem Ahmad Siddiqi

A scientist by profession, A writer by passionwith full of dedication, honesty, courage and a man of simple living.

- by Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan

alt Dr. Waseem Ahmad Siddiqi, a person full of dedication, honesty and courage and a man of simple living.  He does not have any feelings of pride but feelings of self-respect and sobriety are deeply rooted within him. 

Dr. Siddiqi, a multifaceted personality, was born in Lucknow in an educated family.  His grandfather Mr. Mohammad Sami Siddiqi was the principal of Mumtaz Degree College Lucknow.  His father Prof. Wasi Ahmad Siddiqi was the principal at Gandhi Faizan Post Graduate Degree College, Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh for many years and later he voluntarily served at Nadwatul Ulema, a highly reputed centre of learning in Lucknow, throughout his life. His mother  Mrs.Habiba Khatoon  is a generous and warm-hearted lady. Known for her lively, social personality and charitable nature, she endeared herself to people of all backgrounds and classes.

alt He was raised lovingly and spent most of his childhood days with his grandfather. Good values and discipline were part of his upbringing. Describing his childhood, Dr. Siddiqi says, and I quote:

“One of the many splendid things that life has given me so far is the childhood I lived. The days were carefree, the milieu all-round was warm and loving and people were the ‘giving’ kind. I grew up in the precincts of Nadwa College, where my grandfather taught.

There was a mosque nearby where I spent many precious hours. My grandfather was an inspiring scholar and teacher, ever surrounded by a medley of students of diverse ages. He empathized with children and I believed I have imbibed this from him. All the courtyards around our house – whether of neighbors or of the temple nearby, not only offered us the space to play, but ‘they were our own’.

alt The fond memories of a well-relished childhood eventually became the richest treasure that I have kept with me and wherefrom I willfully retrieve and thus manage to colour vibrantly days of all kind”.

He began his education at the Nadwa School. He undertook his High School and Intermediate studies from Amiruddaula Islamia Inter College. At this stage his focus was more centered on sports than study and he was a member of the college football hockey and cricket teams.

alt   He completed a Bachelor’s degree in science from Agra University, Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Then he moved to the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and received a Master’s degree in Geology and a Doctoral (Ph D) degree in Hydrological Environmental Studies. AMU was a turning point in his life.

 There,he studied seriously andwas counted among the brightest students in the department.   He also did another Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Victoria University Melbourne, Australia. 

Dr. Siddiqi started his professional career in 1984 as a Principal Environmental Geoscientist at Manifold Consultants, New Delhi, India where he conducted hydrogeological surveys for ground water management in various parts of India. 

alt He is currently working as a HSE specialist at Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait and has more than thirty years of experience inthe field of Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, Exposure Assessment and Environmental Studies and Management in various capacities in India, Australia and Kuwait.

 Earlier in his career, he also worked as lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. His areas of expertise are Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Environmental Monitoring and Environmental Management. He is involved with many occupational health and environmental monitoring and management projects in KOC, Kuwait and assisted in developing the standards / procedures in these fields.

alt It is not as if science and research have taken him away from the rest of the world. Rather, Dr. Siddiqi is a man of eclectic interests and pursuits.  He never misses a chance to be present at an interesting literary gathering or art exhibition.

 Apart from being a proven and well established professional scientist, Dr. Siddiqi has also become a prolific writer in Urdu and Hindi.  During his study at AMU, Dr. Siddiqi received the opportunity to meet eminent and prolific writers and poets such as Ali Sardar Jafiri, Professor Rasheed Ahmad Siddiqi, Shaheryaar, Moin Ahsan Jazbi and many other Urdu writers and poets. Influenced by these talented writers, he started writing short stories and novelettes in those early days.

alt In the course of his work Dr. Siddiqi extensively toured the interior parts of India, and this provided him with many opportunities to interact with children from diverse and impoverished backgrounds. These children became the key protagonists of many of his stories.

Dr. Siddiqi’s short stories are simply told, and yet are imbued, by turn, with irony, plaintiveness and humour. The most salient feature which characterises them is empathy. Dr. Siddiqi’s simplicity of expression brings readers closer to his stories. His works emphasise the importance of love and affection and these elements are very much visible throughout his writings.

His stories have been published in various prestigious magazines in India and abroad such as in Laaraib, Insha, Shaer, Tahreer-e-Nav, Naii Kitaab and many others. His most read and noteworthy books are “Dinon ke Pher”  “The Liar and Other Stories”.  He has also written an Urdu book about the emphasis on monotheism in the Holy Quran called Radd-e-shirk.

alt He is blessed with a nice and caring family. His wife Mrs. Zeba Siddiqi is a graduate from Karamat Girls College, Lucknow and Deakin University, Australia. She is also a proven writer.

Her two short stories “Karamati Baba” and “Lucknow Wale” are very popular in literary circles.  She has worked as a respected teacher in Islamic studies at DPS Kuwait. Dr. Siddiqi’s elder daughter Ms. Lubna Siddiqi is a law graduate from Melbourne University and now lives with her husband Dr. Rafiq in Scotland. His son Mr. Faraz Siddiqi is studying medicine at Australian National University, Australia. His younger daughter Ms. Husna Siddiqi is a 12th standard student at New English School Kuwait.

Dr. Siddiqi is a warm, welcoming and humble personality and truly embodies the culture of Lucknow. He reiterates that he has inherited these qualities from his grandfather, father and uncles.   Success has not affected his helpful nature and he is involved in various noble activities such as promoting education for poor students. He is an active participant in UP NRI Forum, Kuwait activities and was Vice President of Writers Forum, Kuwait until recently.

It is because of histruthfulness, honesty, social responsibility and multiple capabilities that he has earned an honorable position in heart of people in society and is invariably loved and respected by all. 

Dr. Waseem Siddiqi : Email : waseemsiddiqi@hotmail.com.

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About the AUTHOR

Shakeel Ahmad Khan

alt The Author Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan is working with Embassy of India, Kuwait in Consular Section. Having done graduation from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, he has worked with many reputed establishments such as Bridges to International Knowledge Kuwait, Kuwait Network Electronic Technology Kuwait for its KOC project, Alshaya Perfumes Kuwait, Time of India New Delhi, India’s leading news paper, in various capacities and on higher positions. 

He is also Founder of Jai Hind Educational & Welfare Trust located at his home-town Balrampur Uttar Pradesh India. He has written many essays and columns in different journals & magazines.

 His one essay on the topic “Importance of Moral Education in Curriculum” was selected amongst the 3 bests in all over India essay competition conducted by Students Welfare Trust New Delhi in 2000.

 He received winner certificate and monetary prize by Mr. Kuldip Nayyar, an eminent scholar and writer in a honorary program held at Gandhi Peace Foundation New Delhi India.  Email :yeshkay@gmail.com .

 

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