An Old Pakistani Song

‘My mother’s song is an old Pakistani song. It’s represented by so many layers. On one hand she grew up on the outskirts of Islamabad, in this beautiful, lush village, yet when she went back capitalism had taken over. Buildings had gone up, nature disappeared, her family had gone. She had me and my four brothers in London. We grew up on an estate with one of the highest murder rates in all of the U.K. She didn't have language or friends, just five children. My mother’s song represents trust...that I will always be there and as a single mother look after you. Sometimes I ask her do you ever want to go back? She says, “No, home isn't what it once was. It’s changed. My children are my home now.”’ - Saima Shah, Education Advisor