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My top ten fears

Ziauddin Sardar, 53, is the author of Desperately Seeking Paradise (Granta)

By Elena Lappin   December 2004

10 An audience of one. Every now and again, nobody turns up for one of my talks except for one person who has a grudge against me. It’s not always the same person.

9 Snakes. Not even my children know that I used to have a younger sister who died when she was two. I was six and still living in Pakistan. My mother and I used to visit her grave. One day there was a large cobra sitting on top of it. It became part of my consciousness, and I had nightmares of my younger sister being eaten by…

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