Ayesha Kazmi

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#UKRiots: From the Periphery

In The Political on 11/08/2011 at 21:56

3 AM  London.

I receive a text message from a friend in Walthamstow reassuring me not to worry and that all is calm on her end. How could I not worry? My friend, a mother of two young teenage boys living right in the centre of this weekends rioting storm, I am concerned for obvious reasons.

All evening, friends and family across the UK have been calling and texting reporting that a relative calm has restored after living through a Read the rest of this entry »

The Hijab and I

In The Personal on 01/08/2011 at 22:34

Me and my hijab have had an interesting journey together. It started when I was eighteen and about to enter a new phase of my life in two respects: embracing an existence as a ‘raghead’ as well as beginning university.

I had enjoyed all the freedoms I could ever have wished for at home, but living away on a university campus offered me the opportunity of real independence and self-development. Read the rest of this entry »

A Caveat to All the Goras and the Pakis

In The Personal on 01/08/2011 at 22:03

Boston, compared to London, is relatively tame. It’s only a fraction of the size and appears, on the surface, to be fairly manageable.

London, by contrast, is a massive zoo. When I lived in South London, it would often take me over an hour to get places in and around central London. And it’s gritty. Really gritty. The grit got to me at first – Read the rest of this entry »