When I came to Pakistan in 2001, my parents told me that it would be harder for me to live there as people, rules and regulations the society, culture and almost everything would be different. I was told that it is important to cover your head in Pakistan. The day I landed and my uncle came at airport I saw girls going to school and college and they seemed modern to me even more than me, though the atmosphere inside the house was bit oppressing to me later my stay in Pakistan.
After 7 years I came to London. My perception about London was similar to The City of New York which seems quite funny to me now. I had heard many stories about the city of London and my imagination for this city was something we see in Dubai. London is not Dubai and it is different anyway.
Later at London I started comparing The City of London and Islamabad, The Federal Capital city of Pakistan. When it comes to Islamabad, I can imagine wide roads, sunshine, beautiful weather, driving cars at high speeds, our own people and most of all Desi Pakistani food. We can talk to people and we can almost do anything (legal and even illegal) because it is our own country. Well that what freedom is. But freedom means different to different people and I am not in favour of doing illegal and unethical things and call it freedom!
On the other hand, London is London anyway and we have so many opportunities, knowledge, people from all over the world, new model of cars, brands, high street fashions and what not. We have the real freedom in London. You can have what you want. Rules are same for everyone. Amazing thing is that even the expensive brands are not much expensive as they are back in Pakistan. Traffic rules are amazing in this city of Lights. London is the city for opportunities, weather is unpredictable though, and no wide open roads like we have in Islamabad.
People do not stare at women and girls. There are so many places to go, and so much more which is not the case in Islamabad. Sometimes I thought to go back and live my life in Islamabad but then I had certain incidents and I realised that it is not about city to city in fact it is about people we live with and communicate to. It is about learning things and improving yourself. I had couple of experiences with Pakistani people, Pakistani channels, Pakistani newspapers and Pakistani political parties as well and all of them were so unprofessional, mismanagement was apparent and I felt bizarre. I wanted to feel proud of my people but all went in vain.
On the other hand I have my teachers so cooperative and helpful when it comes to studies. Teachers seem professional and organised where as University teachers in Pakistan seem unprofessional and lazy.
At the end I just want to say that whether it is London or Islamabad, both of the cities are amazing. The real problem is with people. People in London are reserved but yet cheerful where as people in Islamabad are cheerful yet unpredictable.