The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a book written by Mohsin Hamid. The book was published in spring, 2007. Mohsin Hamid was born in 1971 in Lahore, Pakistan, where the main character in the book, Changez, is from.

The book is about Changez telling his story to a stranger he met in a café. Most of this story takes place in New York, and places he visits during work or vacation. He meets Erica and falls in love with her, but she has some problems. She isn’t able to get over her previous boyfriend, Chris, who died from cancer.

So far the book seems interesting. I know that he leaves the U.S later in the story, and I’m wondering what event caused him to leave. So I’m curious about that I guess, but most of all I want to know more about the stranger he met and is talking to. He seems suspicious and out of place. I want to know more of his story.

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My Son the Fanatic and Free for All

In My Son the Fanatic the father is a hardworking man that tries his best to adapt to the culture in London. He’s undermining certain rules in the Quran. He drinks alcohol and eats bacon. While his son is the opposite, he thinks these rules, and other rules in the Quran,  should be followed strictly and calls out his father. The father gets angry and beats up his son after a heated discussion. The son is struggling to find a place to belong since muslims aren’t welcome. According to the son.

In Free for All the father is a highly educated American citizen, he’s a physician. His son has grown up in America and likes to play guitar. His father doesn’t like to listen to his son playing the guitar late at night. The father thinks he should spend his time studying for school instead of only playing the guitar. The father gives his son a warning about not playing the guitar, but he turns the volume up even louder. The father gives him a slap and the son calls the police. The judge gives off a verdict saying that the father is to buy his son the latest model guitar and guitar lessons. When the father gets home he proposes that the entire family should go to Karachi. Once they land in Karachi he beats up his son and the police doesn’t stop him, since the culture in Pakistan is different from the USA.

In the My Son the Fanatic story the son was struggling to get used to the culture in the country they live in, whilst in Free for All the father was the one that hadn’t adapted to the culture, since he thought it would be okay to hit his son.

Thoughts on the movie Gran Torino

Gran Torino’s rich portrayal of cultural diversity and genuine dialogue combine to tell a noble story of how human relationships can evolve across cultural boundaries and lead to valuable personal realizations and fulfillment – even in the most trying circumstances.

Walt definitely changed throughout the movie. He went from absolutely hating Thao and his family to sacrificing his own life so they could live a better one. Walt was angry whenever the gang terrorized Thao and saved Sue from the black thugs.

Walt was quite clearly not very happy about the Hmong family moving in right besides him and was very vocal about their traditions in a negative way. Which might indicate that he has previously had negative experiences with different cultures in general or in his neighborhood.

Water Crisis

Water is important for human health. And currently over 40% of the global population has some sort of water scarcity. On top of that roughly 800 million people do not have acces to clean water. Millions of people die from diseases associated with lack of water and sanitation, and most of them are children, in fact 1000 children die every day.
However there has been tremendous progress within this crisis. The United Nations made access to water and sanitation a human right in 2010. And between 1990 and 2015, 2.6 billion people gained access to better drinking water sources. But it’s not good enough, because the amount of people affected by water scarcity is projected to increase.

The biggest problem that occurs with water scarcity is that people aren’t able to get clean drinking water and die from thirst. Another thing is that without water you can’t water the crops and grow food. So water scarcity is linked to hunger, at the same time water scarcity is linked to the lack of education, because children are often given the chore of fetching water. And often times they have to walk far to get water. Either that or the children are too sick to even go to school, because of diseases from polluted water or horrible sanitation.

Water scarcity is horrible, but what causes it? Well, there are many causes for water scarcity, one of them is pollution. Pollution of water is a huge problem in places where they do not have access to a good sewage system. Pollution can be oil, chemicals or fecal matter. Another problem is that a lot of places throughout the world has water scarcity because they just aren’t close to any water sources.

“What needs to be done to solve this issue?” You might wonder. Those that struggle with polluted water need a better sewage system so they do not contaminate their water with feces. Improve how we grow and water crops and improve things related to farming. In other words advance technology related to water conservation. What we can do is support organizations that focuses on clean water and how to solve this problem.

International Day

This project is about informing students about different situations around the world. For example: the zimbabwe and venezuela rooms where someone with competence held a presentation about the situations in those countries. In the norwegian room we were comparing “oil children” in Nigeria to those in Norway. I was in the norwegian and Venezuela rooms.

First I read about the different rooms and decided that the norwegian room seemed alright and had an alright topic. I only registered for one room since we were told that we should be 2 people in 1 room and there weren’t rooms for everyone. And I got placed in the Venezuela room. The wednesday before the international day we made posters, which didn’t manage to finish, and we were told to go around the school and inform students about the different rooms and post stickers and posters around the school.

When running around posting stickers and posters we ran into very few people, since most of them had classes at that time, but we talked to and informed 2 or 3 people about “our” rooms. When I went to my rooms during the project, the teacher/adult running that room barely knew about us and the fact that we were supposed to help in some way, so they didn’t really have a plan on what to do with us. So I ended up just watching the presentation in the Venezuela room, but I learned a lot. When I was supposed to go to the next room, the “Norsk” room over at the “B-bygg” nobody was walking around looking for rooms, most of the people either sat in the canteen or at their classrooms not doing much, so there wasn’t really a lot of work to do.

I learnt a lot about Venezuela and the current crisis there, other than that i didn’t really do much. People shouldn’t have been allowed to be in the canteen and should’ve been “forced” to do something, since there was very little action in the last couple hours and most people sat in the canteen while i sat outside the “Norsk” room scouting for people. There was also a presentation in the “aula” that I wasn’t informed about. I feel like the teachers could use more information and guidance on what to do with the International English students and relay that information to us, the students.

Operasjon Dagsverk (OD)

Operasjon Dagsverk (OD) is a day where norwegian students work for money to give to those that do not have it as good as them. The school signs up for OD and and the students can choose to search for a job and work, or stay at school and do exercises. Usually each student raise 400kr to OD. And each year roughly 30 million NOK is raised.

This years cause is an oil catastrophy in Nigeria. For many years oil companies have destroyed the climate in Nigeria and brought health problems for those that live there. OD wishes to inform the youth in Nigeria about their rights, renewable energy and how to use that renewable energy to sell and earn money.