Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pakistan and cricket

One of the things I have learned is that Pakistanis love their a similar way us Kiwis love our rugby.

I was thrilled to get the chance to watch a local cricket match on Sunday, and see a national player, 'Boom Boom' Afridi take the crease. I was rather nervous about the whole affair because while I had been taken by a local family and was wearing my Pakistani clothes, I was conscious that I was the only woman...and a European woman at that. I became even more anxious when one of the children insisted I took her to get Boom Boom's autograph. But in the end, I decided to use my pushy European strategies and push ahead of the crowd...all very enthausiastic men....stepped on a few little adoring boys, and we got his autograph. Needless to say, the little girl was very impressed with what we managed to achieve. I got the impression I was able to push ahead because I was an elderly 'Aunty' that has really upset me!!


Claire Thompson said...

Sarah, I'm really enjoying your 'letters from Pakistan':-) Though not always uplifting they provide a wonderful glimpse into a country I'd like to learn more about.

Sarah Stewart said...

I have learned so much and really started to look at myself and question my own personal values and beliefs. Having said that, I have to acknowledge my experience has been extremely limited because of the situation here...and restricted to 'middle-class' Karachi