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Minhaaj Rehman in his memoir describes his experiences of traveling in Europe from a naive, bucolic and traditional eastern perspective. After having faced racism and discrimination during his study in Sweden, in his despair he decided to hitchhike out of Europe to Turkey – as the title says, param yok, without money. In a consistent struggle between hope and pessimism, he fought street dogs and border guards, the literal and metaphorical coldness and met numerous people from all backgrounds and cultures showing heart-melting kindness.


He journaled his views throughout his journey, his stupefying cultural shocks alongside experiences of profound humanity. The honest, captivating story-telling mixed with incredible courage and endurance makes Param Yok an unforgettable tale of a young Pakistani student traveling in a paranoid and xenophobic world.


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