First Chapter: Unwelcoming the Invitees

I am an expatriate
Living in the sand
My employer is hostile
It’s no more a barren land
Abundant glittering of gold
Shine of sprinkled stone
Blazing cruel sun
Remains the gift for the toiler
Only castle speaks the truth
Lie speaks the spoiler
Unfriendly religious sore
Brotherhood with gore
I live in the place
To get my bread and butter
But you keep me here
For the cumbersome chore
I deserve the respect
You lack admiration
This is my story
So I will utter
But with no butter!

It is entirely our fault. We go back home with a Rolex in wrist, original looking first copy of ray-ban on face and a fake smile of satisfaction. Aren’t we cheating people back home?

A witty and charming but an oppressed person. Who was standing in an unmoved queue, for the last 50 minutes finally uttered out the frustration.

Hearing his satire I looked at my attire, and not just me half of the people in queue had the similar deceptive appearance, except that mentioned smile which was now substituted by the right facial expression. Expression of aggravated fear.

About an hour ago the PIA aircraft had arrived on runway 10 minutes before its arrival time. And literally public had run towards the immigration/security clearance counters to try their fortunes. Those who were coming for the first time cursed nation and its impolite behavior. All others had no time to curse they just joined the marathon.

If the above narrations do not make sense to you then probably you have never visited the eastern airport in kingdom 🙂


31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. zohaib imtiaz
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 19:50:40


    cha gae hain ap……


  2. Sobia
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 20:07:55

    nice one!!!


  3. Asad Imtiaz
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 23:18:11

    Firstly congrats on your blog 🙂 Secondly a very interesting and true picture about the airports in the kingdom *and the kingdom itself* . Indeed its such an irony that the expats that come and work hard and do so much for the kingdom are mis-treated like this right from start.


    • Ahmed Malik
      Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:27:08

      thank you dude…

      what you said is very true as well… luckily i had only faced the ill treatment at airport .. semajh tu aap gai hie hoan gai.. ” 😀


  4. JanM
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 00:08:21

    Bro, truly understand what you mean…same feeling…same idea…same gesture… we always have a different mask to wear everyday…need to go with the flow…

    nice blog!


  5. Mehreen
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 05:35:47

    .Ah I truly understand what you mean. But I beg to differ here; we don’t cheat people back om, we cheat ourselves somehow. So glad to know you’ve finally come to blogging, bhai!! 🙂


  6. Syed Fahad Baber
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 07:24:47

    one word
    Awesome !
    lost in the awe of it
    keep flying high


  7. Syed Jamal Mustafa
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 16:23:41

    Malik sahib .. 🙂
    Chaa gaye ho yarr .. nice blog 🙂
    I truly admire your effort and agree verbatim .. 🙂
    Looking forward to hear some more from you, keep it up and please do share your cooking experience too 🙂


    • Ahmed Malik
      Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:36:28

      hey… thanks kakay… yesh.. cooking experience has to be told… expert in shinwari chicken karahi… 😀

      i hope yours aalo qeema goes well today 😉


      • Rabia Tahir
        Sep 29, 2011 @ 13:40:02

        Shinwari? is this famous dish mis-spelled or your own yet to be famous recipie? 🙂

  8. Saman
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 17:10:07

    All are praising it so might be a nice one 😛

    j/k nice effort !


  9. Numan Ilyas
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 17:21:02

    wow…Ahmed sach bol hi diya mere dost.


  10. hina
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 17:14:13

    Simply amazing(Y)


  11. Waqar
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 18:14:33

    door jaa ker mazeed nikhaar aa gaya hay thinking/writing mein (like most of the overseas Pakistanis 😛 ).


    • Ahmed Malik
      Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:46:12

      Waqar bhaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !!!!!!!!

      thank you so much… and your comment is really encouraging… chalo .. kuch tu gain howa hai bahir aa ker… 😀


  12. Ahmed Malik
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:48:16

    bundles of thanks to everyone.. and also to those … who could not comment but at least got some time to read my post… please stay connected.. next post will be out soon.


  13. Rabia Tahir
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 14:07:12

    Great headstart for a blog of an expat 🙂 hope we will get to read more of your experiences ranging from your landing .. to cooking .. to officing and so on and so forth!
    Keep bloging!


    • Ahmed Malik
      Sep 30, 2011 @ 01:11:27

      hey… thanks a zillion for investing some time in reading my blog. Yesh.. i hope to continue writing more about my experience here, and not just only here 🙂

      and Shinwari is the same famous dish.. spelled right 🙂


  14. M. Fareed Arif
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 18:52:34

    Too good to be true…:)


  15. sidra
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 14:08:42

    your blogs are truly awesome ahmed bhai
    i am looking forward to more of them
    keep up the good work 🙂


  16. Mariam Hussien
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 13:33:27

    My comment may seem late as It’s more than a year now since your wrote this.We all had similar feelings as foreigners striving alone for better living , but I hope that through the past year you did see a brighter side of life here 🙂


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