Bisma Loan

  • TSydney in summer is in bloom and it can never keep itself down. Christmas lights abound, sun going down at 8pm, the roads are filled with tourists and irate Sydney-siders trying to plough their way through a thousand people! Coldplay is in town for two days and the buzz is palpable. When its this ...

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  • TWhat is love? What is companionship? What is the sense of belonging- of staying here for a while, of just wanting to see you smile? For a travel journal these are questions one might read and scoff, “Why is she writing about love, when she should be telling us about her ...

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  • TThe Melbourne Cup makes all of Australia come to a standstill. Literally, a standstill. Considered the richest “2 mile handicap” in the world, the horse races are sponsored by… wait for it… Emirates Airlines (no surprises there), and start at 3pm on November 1. The whole ...

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  • TSpring had descended upon Sydney. Or so the solstice calendar says. Days can be as cold as possible, but then there are the odd days of absolute summery joy. But winter is never New York bad, so my angst is really, well, misplaced. Art has always drawn me. Show me a museum and I will show you my ...

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  • TThere is a silence where hath been no sound / There is a silence where no sound may be / In the cold grave, under the deep deep sea. –Thomas Hood So said Ada in “The Pianist” the 1993 movie, about a mute woman, and her prized Piano, sent off to New Zealand. There is an irony ...

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  • TSydney Central Business District (CBD) shuts down by 10pm and Sydney suburbs you would be hard pressed to find anything open after 8pm really. Well, maybe not exactly 10pm as bars and all the stuff frequented by what is now the predominant population in CBD, the South East Asians, might stay open ...

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  • TTravel is a lifeline. A broken heart and travel becomes my only lifeline. A Pakistani passport, with a couple of visas thrown in, becomes a lifeline. So, thats where this tale begins. I looked up, and it seemed I ended up in Sydney. Having lived there as a local for 2 years, back in the yore, ...

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