Perks of traveling alone

Irony of life


I was working and studying 22 hours a day, I barely got time to relax or even breathe properly. I needed a vacation. So I asked my friends, my cousins if they would want to go on a vacation. Everyone was busy with their lives.

I have never traveled alone. But I made a rational decision and decided to go on a vacation on my own. That was the best decision ever.

The first obstacle was to convince my parents that I was going with a friend, because they would never be happy if i was traveling alone. So I told them I was going with my bestfriend.
Since I’m from Pakistan, traveling alone anywhere is a big deal.
So I got on that plane to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, embarking on a journey no one really knew the truth about.

So I got an apartment on the 31st floor on…

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Another must read… still after two years.

And let’s face the grim truth: There is no evidence whatever that Islam in its various political forms is compatible with modern democracy. From Afghanistan under the Taliban to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and from Iran to Sudan, there is no Islamist entity that can be said to be democratic, just or a practitioner of good governance. The short rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt under the presidency of Mohamed Morsi was no exception. The Brotherhood tried to monopolize power, hound and intimidate the opposition and was driving the country toward a dangerous impasse before a violent military coup ended the brief experimentation with Islamist rule.Like the Islamists, the Arab nationalists—particularly the Baathists—were also fixated on a “renaissance” of past Arab greatness, which had once flourished in the famed cities of Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo and Córdoba in Al-Andalus, now Spain. These nationalists believed that Arab language and culture (and to a lesser extent Islam) were enough to unite disparate entities with different levels of social, political and cultural development. They were in denial that they lived in a far more diverse world.


The Barbarians Within Our Gates – Hisham Melhem – POLITICO Magazine