It was a sunny December morning in Islamabad. Cool and crisp, usual for this time of the year. The sun felt good. This wasn’t a day to stay indoors. I grabbed the book I was reading and headed to Kohsar Market for a cup of coffee. Sipping coffee in the winter sun while reading a book — and watching people around me — is my idea of having a good time.

At the café courtyard, I settled down in my favorite spot, partly exposed to the sun and partly covered by an umbrella.