Against the Grain by Khalad Hussain
Khalad Hussain started life in the simple world of a Kashmiri village. Here, each day was the same as ones gone before. Then one day, his parents announced that he was to go and live with relatives in England. They hoped for him to have a better life. Little did they know! We are taken on a journey with the boy as he becomes man in the newly developing multi-cultural world of the 1970s. We are given a glimpse into his life lived against the grain. With him, we encounter John Steinbeck, Bruce Springsteen and much more besides. We learn about his community as it becomes a part of the British landscape. With him, we also go on a faith adventure . . .
“This is a wonderfully story, full of human interest. Britain has long been multicultural but few of us understand what it is like to stand in the migrant’s shoes. Rich in insight, uplifting in spirit, full of hope; this is a book for those who want to better understand contemporary society.” Dr Paul Bendor-Samuel
“It is crucial to judge this book by its cover. It goes against the grain because there are few Pakistanis who can articulate the issues as well when it comes to being abruptly uprooted from one culture only to “make-a-go-of-it” in another. It goes against the grain because the author retains links to his heritage, while achieving full assimilation into British society.” Steve Bell
“Against the Grain is a must-read for anyone with an interest in South Asian Christians and, more specifically, in a British Pakistani Muslim’s coming to Christian faith. This is an autobiography that provides rich insights for understanding religion’s interface with migration, and for interfaith understanding. Studies of ethnic minority Christian communities in the UK are few and almost none have investigated the UK’s diverse South Asian Christian scene. This dearth of academic studies makes autobiography – and certainly the reflective autobiography of a writer as critically observant as Khalad Hussain – all the more valuable. Khalad Hussain is to be congratulated on his honest and moving life story.” – Eleanor Nesbitt University of Warwick