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American Journal: Day Two

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Eric Church at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga Eric Church at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga

By Shoukat Zardari, AWAZ-TV Anchor from Karachi, Pakistan

Well as the work has started and things are settled so I won't be talking much about the newsroom in today's blog. On Tuesday, I went on the streets of Chattanooga after work to see what is going on in U.S culture.

Earlier in the day we had a big news flash regarding Pakistan's brilliant child Malalai Yousufzai. Producer Sarah Anne Rooke and I worked on that story and we were discussing about girls education in Pakistan and story of the attacked girl. I am happy to mention that she is recovering.

Just beside my hotel there was a live video shoot of country music star Eric Church. I did not know about him as people here in Chattanooga may not know about Yasir Shoro, one of the most popular celebrities there in Pakistan. I did not have a ticket to get into there because all tickets were sold out. I thought as I am a visitor and they may allow me to get into the concert for a few minutes. Unfortunately I missed Eric Church's live video shoot.

People outside that concert or those who had tickets were excited and happy. There was a guy named Tommy and I spoke to him about Eric Church. He said, "If you are in Chattanooga and you are missing this show means you have missed a life event." But still he did not share his ticket with me. That is the same as in Pakistan where we say if you don't go to Lahore means you have not lived.

Another thing which I observed about this place was the street begging but it is much different in Pakistan. Pakistani beggars will never let you go and will keep following you untill you pay them. Beggars here are so decent and sometimes someone like me will love to help them because of their decency.

Now readers of my blog may think that why I keep on comparing things with Pakistan. I want to tell them that Pakistani journalists are here to tell you about us and to know you. The best way to do this is to compare beauty, love, hospitality, environment, weather and everything that can bring us together without boundary or difference.

Editor Note: Shoukat Zardari is visiting WRCB for the month of October to learn about U.S. media coverage. He is part of a foreign journalist visitor program supported by the U.S. State Department. WRCB is one of 14 American media organizations hosting a Pakistani journalist. Click here to learn more about Mr. Zardari's visit.

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