Eating Curry with Rice

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Growing up in a majority South Asian populated area, I never felt anything other than British. What even was being British? I never fully understood this concept, to me, how I was fit perfectly with my view of Britain and being British in all its glory. To me being British was running to the corner shop to buy a large packet of rusk cakes that we used to dip into our tea after schools, it was going to mosque after school 5 times a week and learning to read Arabic. I only knew this version of Britain which was my own life and of those around me. I lived in a predominantly Asian neighborhood and went to a predominately Asian primary school. My evenings and weekend was split between studying Arabic at the local mosque or visiting my extended family mingling with tea and samosas. I never really got the chance in my earlier life to make meaningful connections with someone from another race so how could I compare? My view of white people was shaped by the American children’s TV shows or the interactions I would have with teachers at school . Race was never a big issue for me I never noticed it until someone did something which made the differences so obvious such as not knowing who Shahrukh Khan was. How could you not know, he’s only made like 100 movies!

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The Truth About….Travelling

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It seems that nowadays everyone is getting the travelling bug. It became common to jet off to exotic locations in South East Asia or South America. We are being boarded with pictures on social media of sandy beaches and desert safaris. It’s great, travelling is the one thing that makes you richer the more you spend. You see a whole new culture, langue way of life. Its puts you in situations you never thought you may be in and meet people you never knew existed. There is strange peace I find in being alone in foreign country. I too caught this bug.

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In The Spotlight: Baaghi

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Qandeel Baloch, a social media sensation nicknamed the Pakistani Kim Kardashian. She made her spot in the lime light with her controversial post and videos . A women not afraid to challenge social conventions and the role of women by living her life by her own rules. Raised in a small village in Multan as Fozia Azeem, was a small town girl with big dreams, wanting to become famous and achieve stardom. As she rose to fame through provocative videos and talking about taboo subjects in the public eye her family became privy to shame from their community. A problem with collectivist cultures, ‘Ghairat’, in English ‘Honour’ led to her brother committing the unforgivable crime of murder against his own sister. This case was a broadcast worldwide making headlines in several countries, the world outraged and demanded justice. Her story has lived on through documentaries and now the award winning TV series Baaghi.

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The Truth About…Pakistan

Pakistan, the home of culture and the ever so popular curry. inspirers and leader of fashion couture and and a entertainment industry second to none. For a handful of British citizens also the homeland of their ancestors. My last visit to the rural village of my great grand father was around 7 years prior. Destiny called again in form of a blessed union of two souls which prompted around 25 members of my extended family to make this long haul journey.

I spent around 3 weeks over the easter period in the blistering spring sun. It was a lot warmer than it typical is for that time of year which our britsh bodies could not tolerate. Without fail everytime we visit there is always a reaction to the extreme climate. I was the first victim suffering from dioreahh and vomiting which i suspect was from the takeaway I had the night before. A quick trip to the hospital and a full IV drip later I was bouncing again in time for the weddings.

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In Her Eyes…

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Laying side by side,
Looking into your big brown eyes.
Filled with life and laughter and many wonders to see,
Unlike mine, weakened from watching people burn the world to the ground.
Your skin untouched and so pure,
Unlike mine, coarse from the test of the world.
Hair so soft and silky, through many winds this will blow,
Unlike mine filled with gas and smoke from the corporate world.
A laugh so infectious and so sweet,
Yet to experience the harsh realities of this world.
From the deepest depths of my hearts,
I want to protect those big brown eyes,
Laying side by side.

 

In The Spotlight: Neha Bhasin

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Neha Bhasin, a middle aged Indian woman and a award winning singer. You are probably think, but I’ve never heard of her? Even I felt the same but she is the amazing voice behind the song Dhunki from Meri brother Ki Dhulhan and as well the Jag Ghoomega from the new movie starring Salman khan, Sultan. Upon listening to these she seems like any other female artist. However Neha has produced a collection of amazing covers of some traditional punjabi folk music which not only makes her unique but also a strong female role model.

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12 Hours in Istanbul…

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I have always been a savvy traveller trying to get the most out of my money, so when the opportunity arose to do exactly that I jumped at the chance. During my recent visit to Lebanon I realised if I had a longer layover it would make my flight cheaper. Me, being the opportunist I am, extended my layover to 12 hours in the turkish capital. And so began my 12 hours in Istanbul.

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