The Perks and Perils of Being Half-Indian and Half-Pakistani

In the spirit of the upcoming Independence Days for India and Pakistan I’ve decided to base this week’s blog post on my somewhat rare experience of belonging to both these countries. For those of you who don’t know, my maternal family is from Hyderabad in India, while my paternal family is from Karachi, Pakistan. 

Growing up as being Half-Indian and Half-Pakistani was pretty cool, but also pretty confusing. As a child I was jokingly asked by family and family friends which nationally I associated myself with. “Tum Mummy ke jaise Indian ho? Ya Papa ke jaise Pakistani?” “Are you Indian like your mum, or Pakistani like your dad?” I was unsure of my identity growing up and felt as though I had to pick and choose between who I was. I went back and forth between what I identified myself as, and it took me 20-odd years to fully appreciate myself as being both. Belonging to two countries that hold animosity for each other is difficult, and it’s had upsides and downsides. From my experiences, here are the perk and perils of being Half-Indian and Half-Pakistani:  


  • I’m lucky enough to have been to both countries on multiple occasions, and honestly, they’re not all that different. While I’ve been to India more frequently, I miss Pakistan and I look forward to going back
  • I get to enjoy the best of both countries at home – Bollywood movies, Pakistani dramas, both Indian and Pakistani fashion, Indian Cadbury (best Cadbury ever), both Indian and Pakistani foods, the list goes on and on!
  • I get along really well with people from both countries, I recognize the culture of both and have something in common with people from either place
  • I get to be happy either way when there’s an India vs Pakistan cricket match 🇮🇳🇵🇰
  • Seeing the look on people’s faces when I tell them I’m a halfie – I’ve gotten some very interesting reactions!


  • Seeing constant hatred and exchanges of insults between the two countries is a total bummer and makes me really sad
  • Not being able to become a citizen of both countries 👎🏻
  • The fact that there’s an entirely different visa form to fill out to visit India if you’re a Pakistani (compared to basically every other nationality), and the visa turnaround period of Pakistanis is much longer. A total pain if you want to travel to India with your Pakistani crew
  • People’s reactions when I tell them I’m from both countries. While this can be a perk, I’ve also gotten some less-than-sweet reactions with people grilling me for information, or thinking less of me for being tainted with the enemy’s blood 🙄 #mudbloodlife

Needless to say, I’m really happy with who I am today, and appreciate both the countries/cultures that have contributed to making my world what it is. I feel as though the positives definitely outweigh the negatives, but it’s a real shame that there’s not more unity between the two countries. Especially since they have a lot more in common than not.
I sincerely hope that things get better between them someday – I hope to walk through Wagah Border one day, from one country to the next, like a Veer Zaara moment. A girl can dream…  

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  1. That’s awesome that your a halfie! I know such few halfie’s (paki and indian) but i think that’ll totally change with our generation, since theres so much crossmarriages – which i think is great!
    Is your Urdu then more hydrabadi or regular urdu accent? Hydro’s have a very prominent urdu speaking accent which is tough to understand sometimes, that’s why i ask! My mom’s mom (my nani) and her whole family are Hydro too, but my parents were both born in Paki – so i have a touch of Indian in me too but we all identify with being Paki.

    1. I’m actually so bummed that I didn’t see this comment till now! I totally agree, it’s great to see a lot more intermarriages between Indians and Pakistanis! Halfies probably will be more common in coming generations, it’ll be awesome!
      I can understand Hyderabadi Urdu, and converse in it while I’m in Hyderabad, but otherwise my Urdu is more traditional/Pakistani. It’s so cool that you’ve got family from Hyderabad, not a lot of Pakistanis are familiar with Hyderabadi culture! I know a lot of Pakistanis who migrated to Pakistan from other parts of India, but I think this is the first I’ve heard of Pakistanis with a Hyderabadi history, how awesome!

  2. I’m half Pakistani half Indian myslef.. Question is how the heck did you get a visa to visit both countries. I’m having a nightmare trying to get one to India, and I was born in UK never been to Pakistan.

    1. Hey! I love meeting other half-Indian+half-Pakistanis! I feel like we’re such a rare breed! Getting a visa hasn’t actually been a problem for me, I think it’s because I first began visiting both countries when I was only a year old, and would visit every year. The relationship between both countries was actually fairly good when I was young, and we were able to get flights directly from India to Pakistan (and vice vera); and since i’ve had so many visas/made so many trip in the past, it isn’t a problem for me now. I guess I just got lucky! I wish you the best of luck with your visa process! I hope it works out!!

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