All posts by Mir Khalid Ali

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East Londoner Mela

I had an interesting discussion with Hasan, one of Kamran's housemates.  He is a skinny fellow who wears low-hanging, fitted jeans, greasy spiked hair, and a days old stubble.  He works part time as a salesman for British Gas.  Apparently his style of dress and living is very much the standard in East London.  He ...

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Smile, You’re on CCTV!

My arrival in London, thankfully, was not as eventful as I had dreaded it would be.  I arrived at Heathrow Airport on the morning of Friday the 13th and contrary to what one might have expected given the unlucky date, I had no problems whatsoever in immigration.  In fact, I had forgotten to take down my cousin's address ...

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The World Awaits

One month shy of my 26th birthday I have left New York to backpack through Western Europe, Turkey, and India for the next two to three months.  I intend to end up in Pakistan where I'm not sure yet how long I will stay. What made me take this seemingly abrupt and dramatic step?  I ...