Against the Grain

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Xlibris Corporation, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
He started life in the simple world of a Kashmiri village. Here, each day was the same as ones gone before. Then one day, his parents announced that he is to go and live with relatives in England. They hoped for him to have a better life. Little did they know!

We are taken on a journey with the boy as he becomes man in the newly developing multi-cultural world of the 1970s. We are given a glimpse into his life lived against the grain.

With him, we encounter John Steinbeck, Bruce Springsteen and much more besides. We learn about his community as it becomes a part of the British landscape.

With him, we also go on a faith adventure....

This is a wonderfully written story, full of human interest. Britain has long been multicultural but few of us understand what it is like to stand in the migrant's shoes. Rich in insight, uplifting in spirit, full of hope; this is a book for those who want to better understand contemporary society. Dr Paul Bendor-Samuel

It is crucial to judge this book by its cover. It goes against the grain because there are few Pakistanis who can articulate the issues as well when it comes to being abruptly uprooted from one culture only to "make-a-go-of-it" in another. It goes against the grain because the author retains links to his heritage, while achieving full assimilation into British society.

Steve Bell
 

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Contents

Dedication
7
Stories of Ji
9
The odd one out
23
My early days
25
World beyond the village
48
England my land of hope and dreams
57
The world around me
86
Leaving and cleaving
93
Abba Father
134
Jesus my friend my brother
144
Reconciliation
148
Growing up
153
Jumping into others shoes
158
Being Christ
172
To be one with God
182
Prayer for my people
186

2929 days later
101
Des or perdes
106
Shes the one
118
Nearly there
126
God bless Pakistan and Kashmir
194
I was an illegal immigrant
199
Telling the truth again
215
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