Ali Farhan is a Pashtun from
When Ali graduated with honors from a college, he started thinking about a higher education. Tuition fee in high schools of
— The first years there were difficult. We were caught. We did not know the language. And then we got used to, finished language courses. There are difficulties, but it is better here than in
Ali enrolled in the
— What surprises you in Bishkek?
— It’s calm in
I see nothing bad here.
— What reminds you of your hometown in Bishkek?
— The people I meet, relationships, places, buildings are similar. I went to my homeland only once in 2015. I already forgot.
— Do you miss your homeland?
— Of course. There are my parents. I started building a house there. But the biggest problem is that I can not get a residence permit in
— What do you lack in Bishkek?
— Mango! There are no Pakistani sweets and achar (pickled vegetables). Even now I want to eat it. I remember this taste. But most of all I lack mango. I know where Chinese mangos are sold, but they are different.
— What do you like in the national cuisine? And what are you afraid to try?
— I do not eat pelmeni, manty, noodles — everything that is made from dough. Sometimes I can eat beshbarmak at a party. At home, we try to cook our own dishes. I tried a lot. Local people like meat. I’m often invited, and I’m already used to it.
— Where do you spend your leisure time?
— Near the fountains on the central square. Almost every day we go there. Bishkek itself is beautiful. I especially like the weather. We go to the mountains from time to time — in Ala-Archa, Issyk-Ata.
— What has fascinated and disappointed you in close acquaintance with the local population?
— When I came alone, I could not find a common language with the local population, did not understand language, traditions, or customs. When I learned the language, it became easier for me. Now I’m almost Kyrgyz. There are the Kyrgyz around me. They respect me, I respect them.
— You Russian is very good...
— I learned it before going to KRSU. In addition, I speak six more languages: English, Kyrgyz, Pushtu, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, and Turkish a little, because my wife is Turkish.
— What would you change in Bishkek?
— The biggest problem is roads. I compare with