Pakistan is a country with diverse and intriguing landscape, home to very ancient and traditional cultures as well as an urbane and educated population. The Pakistani diaspora therefore is also very diverse in terms of their cultural, educational and social background.
In the US you would find Pakistanis working for the Harvard Medical School as scientists, which is as good as it gets and then you would find Pakistanis who work at odd jobs in supermarkets and gas stations. In between the two, there are many school teachers, doctors, computer programmers, engineers and office managers who originate from Pakistan.
Pakistan is host to world class engineering and medical universities, which offer sate subsidized education. English is the medium of instruction for higher education. This is why Pakistani engineers and doctors are found working all over the world from the Middle East to Europe and the US. Continue reading
I remember one hot August afternoon in Philadelphia, US, when I was being given a historical tour of the city by a very jovial gentleman who was later to become my favorite professor. This was part of the international student orientation and the professor had volunteered to show us his city and its rich past. What struck me most was that during the tour he said that the city’s history may not impress those of us who come from countries with thousands of years of history. While it is true that the history he was relating was at most three centuries old, but nonetheless it was fascinating to hear about the early struggles and triumphs of a fledgling United States of America. Take for example the story of the American flag, sewn by a woman named Betsy Ross, after she was shown a rough drawing. Her house is close to the famed Liberty Bell, in the heart of Philadelphia city. Philly as its popularly called, is a very vibrant university town where you can explore American history by day and watch world class entertainment by night.
That’s just my kind of travel.
New York City, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Singapore and Cairo are some of the world’s most famous cities that I have had the privilege of visiting. These cities have skyscrapers, metro trains, bustling airports, plush hotels and fine dining, but the core of these cities is their history, which gives them a unique charm and a distinct identity. Continue reading
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“Do we have to go now?” Amber wanted to stay here, on this magical spit of an island. The Isle of Ambergris was special to her, a kingdom she wasn’t prepared to relinquish.
“I got work tomorrow,” he said. “And it’ll take another half hour to row back to shore.” Brad stole a look at his watch, estimated they’d be back at the apartment around eleven.
“Can’t we stay and celebrate a little longer?”
“I’d love to but we’re out of booze, babe. Party’s over.” He stood and collected the blanket and picnic items, including the half-empty bottle of Merlot. Amber sighed and joined him, wiping the sand from her knees and bikini bottom.
They refitted their lifejackets and packed their belongings. Amber helped her boyfriend — fiancé now, that would take some getting used to — overturn the kayaks again. He handed her an oar then dragged one boat to the water’s edge. Brad assisted her to get situated in the kayak’s tight space, and he pushed the craft into the water. He turned to his own while Amber drifted nearby. Continue reading