In what ways is your home town unique from other places you've lived or traveled?
London is the only place I have lived, but having spent time in other places, I know I love where I live! London must be one of the easiest cities in the world to be a Muslim in, or whichever faith you choose to follow. Its also a good place to be a woman of colour – the diversity of this city is such that whatever you look like: Hijabi, Punk, Hasidic, Rastafarian, City Gent, Hare Krishna devotee, Sloane Ranger, you don’t stand out all that much. With the mix of communities come the different villages. As those who live here know, London isn’t a city really, but a series of villages which have collided with each other.
It’s a city with such great strength of spirit. The 7/7 attacks happened in London on a Thursday and the city was back on its feet and back to work on the same tube system on Monday. No whinging, no shutting the place down, two-finger salute to the perpetrators and back to business. The Blitz Spirit was alive and well and I felt so proud that Monday of my city. There are so many amazing places around the word, but none like London.