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Being the youngest child in the family, I was spoilt rotten by my parents. I vividly remember throwing tantrums if I didn’t get a new toy. It didn’t matter what the toy was or how much it cost: all that mattered was that I had to have a new toy to play with every day. To my utter surprise, my mother kept fulfilling my demands.

I gradually got used to getting whatever I wanted. Consequently, I used to cheat while playing. Every time I was declared out while playing cricket, I would start howling. My brothers had no choice but to give me another chance.

I was born in Wazirabad, in the Gujranwala district of Punjab. However, I spent my early years in Lahore, from where my family shifted base to Rawalpindi when I was nine years old. I went to St Paul’s School. We returned to Lahore in 1995 so that I could take my school finals from the Divisional Public School, Model Town. I was always good at studies and took up science for higher studies. However, that didn’t mean that I never played pranks. My childhood was quite interesting. I don’t know why, but I somehow always got away with my pranks and was everyone’s favourite.

I had a crush on my English teacher at school, whom I secretly dreamt about. One day, as luck would have it, I was alone in class with her. I mustered enough courage to express my love to her. She did not scold me. Instead, she smiled and said, ‘‘I love you too, Atif.’’ I felt as if I was on top of the world.

While in school, I was in love with cricket. I was even selected for Pakistan’s under-19 team as a fast bowler. But my father felt that it would affect my academic career and managed to dissuade me from taking up cricket, only to have me pursuing music as a career after graduation. It was only then that I realised that music was my calling. I began my musical career without telling my father. I saved up my pocket money to produce the album Adaat and I have never looked back since.

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