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A visit to Heidelberg

A Kashmiri migrant to Germany learns a new language and a new culture

By Iqbal Ahmed  
Heidelberg Castle and Bridge

Heidelberg Castle and Bridge

As the aircraft circled around the high-rise building in the centre of Frankfurt am Main before landing, the lights on the ground appeared blindingly bright. I was on my way to visit a friend in Heidelberg, Germany. The friend I was visiting, Jehangir, had come to pick me up. A section of the motorway was being resurfaced with new concrete and my friend proudly declared: “This is Germany—they don’t use tarmac here.”

Jehangir was a friend from my old neighbourhood in Srinagar, capital…

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