When writer Mariya Karimjee was a kid in Pakistan she heard about this elaborate ceremony at the border with India where soldiers on both sides performed perfectly synchronized sky-high kicks and steps. But she went to visit and it was not what she expected.
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Host Ira Glass talks to Mariya Karimjee about a college application essay question. Essay B asks students to imagine a person they might meet in college—someone from a very different background.
When Mariya Karimjee was little, members of her family made a decision that would affect her entire life. Years later, she wants to know why.