Featurette: The Pakistani Diaspora by Aliya Anjum

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

Feature: Historical Travel by Aliya Anjum

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

An Interview With Aliya Anjum

Recently I was able to review two works by author Aliya Anjum, Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece: A Pakistani Girl’s Diary and An Arranged Marriage, and as part of our BA Mini Event she’s kindly taken the time to let me interrogate her!

Apart from being an author Aliya is also a history and travel buff, as you’ll be able to see in the interview below, with her own history including teaching, journalism, hosting a current affairs program, working for the Pakistani government, and studying in both her home country of Pakistan and abroad.

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Author Aliya Anjum

1. Globalisation is a topic that crops up several times in Two Weeks, what do you feel are some pros and cons of globalisation?

Globalization has connected people like never before due to quantum leaps in technology.  My e-books selling on Amazon to customers across continents are a testament to Globalization.  In my opinion the greatest upside of Globalization is the communication revolution.  If used prudently, it can bring people together to serve humanity.

On the downside, globalization favors Corporations.  They are benefiting from Globalization, often at the expense of the poor in almost all countries, including western countries as we have seen in case of Greece. Continue reading

Mini Event: Journey With Author Aliya Anjum

Bookish Ardour is going to have it’s very first mini event! We’ve had guest posters, been part of blog tours, had giveaways with authors, and interviews, but this time it will be a whole week centering around author Aliya Anjum!

Here’s what you can expect;

All of this will be jam packed in to eight days starting on August the 16th, Australian Eastern Standard Time. Make sure you keep an eye out for it and don’t forget you can also keep up to date with it on Facebook.