Author Archives: Muhammad Awab

In Memory of a Dear Friend and Colleague

In Memory of a Dear Friend and Colleague

I disagreed with him more than any other of my colleagues. I called him “Moulana”, meaning Muslim priest, and he called me “Diversity.” I accused him of being a prey to the Talibanized way of thinking, and he accused me of being a victim of Western ideology. Our disagreements ranged from topics such as big bang vs. genesis, human evolution vs.Continue Reading

Walking in Islamabad

Walking in Islamabad

Walking is the oldest means of travel. Man is distinguished from other animals because of his ability to walk with an upright gait. For several thousand years, man has also walked for exercise. However, urbanization in most cities of Pakistan has increasingly rendered it difficult to walk smoothly and steadily. Push carts, garbage cans, electricityContinue Reading

Who foots the bill?

Who foots the bill?

“No! You are a guest!” my friend almost shouted. Then, turning to the cashier, he said, “don’t take the money please, he is a guest!” I put the thousand rupee note back into my wallet. Stuffing the wallet into my hip-pocket, I helplessly mumbled, “It’s been a week and still I am a guest?” MyContinue Reading

From the land of polo: The game of kings

From the land of polo: The game of kings

Pakistan has a variety of landscapes, ranging from gushing rivers, snow-capped mountains and vast deserts to lush green fields. In the wake of the August 2010 floods in Pakistan, I happened to visit affected areas in Baltistan repeatedly to support its rehabilitation activities. Baltistan, a territory located in the north of Pakistan, is the homeContinue Reading

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