Azfer Khan

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” - Jalaluddin Rumi

Author Bio

I was born in Pakistan, grew up in Singapore, and for a long time, my parents lived in Abu Dhabi. So I have had the privilege of learning from a variety of cultures, and at the age of twenty I guess I have at least started to figure out my place in the world.

I am a self-proclaimed geek; I love movies and games and all things electronic. My friends say that I am a very chill person, and very easy to talk to. I don't think they are right, oops.

About

Hometown Singapore
Lives Cambridge, United Kingdom
High School Education A Levels, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore
Studying BA in Law
Graduating 2017
Extracurriculars Law Society, Writing
Interests Computer Science, Movies, Gaming, Music
Future Plans I'd like to help make a difference wherever I end up, whatever I may be doing

Posts by Azfer Khan

Sherlock

Published: January 18, 2017

  Sherlock. You’ve heard, everyone’s talking about it. The BBC One drama that is so peculiarly British and so particularly wonderful, if you haven’t started, then you’re sorely missing out. I’ll warn you though; the episodes are long, and not for the faint of heart. Eccentricity, genius, adventure and – perhaps rather oddly – relationships. I want to say that I don’t know why I love it, but that would be a lie. So, I won’t say that. Instead I’ll try to paint you a picture, and let that speak for me. Spoilers follow. Episode 1 starts quickly, puzzle after…

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Vacation Blues

Published: December 22, 2016

Vacations are generally long. For context, the Cambridge term runs in the following cycle: 2-months term, 1-month vacation, 2-months term, 1-month vacation, 2-months term, 4-months vacation. This alone should be a reason why you want to be here; half the year is spent relaxing under the sun in a random country. My advice for vacations? Travel, travel, travel. University time is when we are free from any real responsibilities – unless you are supporting your family or are already married (hats off to you if you are). Here’s a picture I took while relaxing in Bali, just three days ago:…

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On a Bubble

Published: December 15, 2016

  Cambridge is a bubble of a place. Hmm. What exactly does that mean, I hear you ask. Well, it’s a way of saying that people in Cambridge represent a small minority of the vast breadth of a social spectrum in any given society, much less the UK. You are much, much more likely to encounter someone whose views, background, values, and method of communication parallels your own. Aha, you say, isn’t that a huge exaggeration? Just amalgamating the thousands of students and teachers into one blob of social views. That’s not fair, now is it? And you’d be right…

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Choices

Published: November 19, 2016

Our lives are governed by choices, most not our own. Why, I was at a post-Brexit talk, in a room full of Cambridge students and professors, and one of the speakers mentioned Donald Trump, and giggles broke out in the audience. Nobody in that room seriously contemplated Trump becoming President-elect. Turns out they were wrong. Recent votes have painted a bleak picture of our world; split right down the middle – the UK voting for Brexit, the US voting for Trump. Those who have felt the shockwaves ripple through their communities are the younger ones, the more liberal-minded, the ones…

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Mooting

Published: November 6, 2016

I was talking to a friend yesterday night as we headed to watch the fireworks, and I told him I had spent the better half of a Saturday morning judging a moot. “What’s a moot?” he asked. Ah right. I had forgotten that those who don’t study law don’t know what mooting is. “Like debating, but also not,” I said. That answer makes sense, if you know what mooting is. But if you don’t, it is the most unhelpful thing to hear. So, for the uninitiated, a moot is basically students pretending to be qualified barristers (i.e. people in suits…

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Third Culture Kids

Published: October 30, 2016

About eight years ago, a teacher asked me where I was from. Easy enough, I thought. Pakistan. Wasn’t that obvious enough? About four years ago, one of my fellow participants in a competition asked me where I was from. Easy enough, I thought. Singapore. Wasn’t that obvious enough? About a year ago, a drunk guy on the train asked me where I was from. Easy enough, I thought. Cambridge. Wasn’t that obvious enough? Last week, a girl I had just met asked me the same. “So where are you from?” To be honest, I had expected her to pose the…

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Studying Law at Cambridge University

Published: October 22, 2016

A certain professor at Trinity College, Cambridge, once said that law is always somewhere else, something else. I don’t think that’s right – law isn’t a fairy tale we lawyers use to mystify the world around us, it isn’t the textbook we use when revising for our supervisions, and it definitely isn’t what my mother thinks it is (her words). Sure, when Parliament legislates they draft a law, but do they draft the law? Sure, when a judge gives a judgment, she states a law, but does she state the law? Is it all a game of semantics? The answer…

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