Monthly Archives: August 2013

I am so grateful for this third chance to live in Europe. I am not an adolescent this time with complex mental goings-on and a constant pressure to fit in with my peers. I am not a young mother this … Continue reading

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On a sunny Wednesday

Fear of the unknown immobilises you. It fills out every pore, every crevice very slowly and steadily, weighing your limbs down until you’d much rather sit holed up in your little place of familiarity than venture out into a newness … Continue reading

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Oh for the love of God

Seriously, what’s the beef with Pakistani travellers anyway? I usually feel like an impostor taking Business Class to go anywhere. But when you stride self-confidently towards the Business Class desk to board an airplane, only to be stopped by a … Continue reading

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Last days in Dubai

We had breakfast together at Illy Cafe on the ground floor of our hotel building again after two years and eight months of having first arrived in Dubai. We sat at the table by the window that we used to … Continue reading

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Cultural Complexities

BH and I received a ‘cross-cultural training’ from our relocation agency today. Apparently when we first arrive in Geneva, it will be our ‘honeymoon period’. The presenter elaborated that we would be full of expectations, ideas, happiness. He made a … Continue reading

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Karachi

If you have part-time help in Karachi, get used to bus strikes, city-wide strikes, days of mourning for someone or other, usually of one dominant political party, who has been martyred supposedly for his or her beliefs. No one just … Continue reading

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Departure from Lahore

Harrowing. The single word that comes to mind following a trip to the toilets at the Lahore airport this morning. Early morning cups of tea and a bladder that has seen three child-births do not sit well together. Particularly after … Continue reading

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