Khadija Ali Zai Khan

Khadija Ali Zai Khan

Is the author of "The Mind of Q". A young Pakistani currently based in London working for Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Bank, after having graduated from The London School of Economics in Finance.

Poetry of the Taliban: An oxymoron?

“You read poetry during lunch time?” asked a colleague as he swallowed the few remnants of his sandwich. “If it’s written by the Taliban, then any time of the day,” I replied. His eyes gawked at my computer screen, as he uttered the following words; “Taliban poetry…that’s an oxymoron!” Taliban: a coin with only one side – up until now In May 2012, Kandahar-based researchers and writers, Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, set out to play the devil’s advocates; they published a book titled Poetry of the Taliban in the UK, revealing the softer side of the militants whom we all claim to know so ...

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The classic middle-class overachiever

At the age of 23, my indebtedness to Pakistan was inversely proportional to my progress in life. My mind was uncluttered and my ambitions were sky high.  The nation’s politics didn’t interest me; its understanding of religion was at loggers-head with my comprehension, its roads didn’t let me walk my walk; its dress code did more to accentuate a woman’s curves than it did to hide them, and its history didn’t have any role to play in my future. Moreover, despite my life-saving attempts, I could not bring myself to fall in love with a special someone either (something that kept my friends ...

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