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Tehran. Not exactly Middle East

Tehran. Not Exactly Middle East The first thing I notice about Tehran is the airport is not in a bad state. For a country supposedly crippled by sanctions and isolation for over a decade, one would expect some signs of disrepair. But the terminal is refreshingly

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Taha’s school

When Taha’s school principal asked us to start thinking about alternate arrangements for him, it sounded like the end of the world.  For six years Taha had been part of a main stream school in Karachi that gave him friends, a social circle, loving teachers,

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Gilgit Serena Hotel – Our oasis after Chilas

The Gilgit Serena Hotel Gilgit Serena’s facade is unassuming.  The driveway is paved with uneven pieces of slate.  There are two  security barriers and a guard posted at each. The lobby is standard plush red carpet with a hand woven pattern, the staff welcoming with open

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The road to Gilgit – First impressions.

The road to Gilgit. 24 years ago my memories of Chilas are of unending barren vistas and heat. Post Besham and Dasu, once you cross into Diamer you can immediately see the transition. Green moss and tree covered mountains transitioning into iron rich cliff faces

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Gilgit Hunza Road Trip June 2015

Gilgit Hunza road trip – 2015 There are many ways I could describe how this particular road trip came together. There are two that are foremost in my list.   Middle distance running in Peshawar and retracing the path our college tour took twenty four years