Abida Mian's Blog

An outlier that's living, learning and being myself…

About Me


Hi, I’m Abida (pronounced Abda (i is silent)) I’m independent, self-determined, principled, quirky, impulsive, spontaneous and strong willed. I don’t shy away from challenges and believe in seeing things through. Loyalty, commitment and honour are very important to me; doing the right thing over doing the easy thing. Well educated, I thoroughly enjoyed studying Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry A-Levels at school; initially I gained a Scholarship to study Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry but after a rare allergic reaction had to give that up and graduated with a degree in Physics from Imperial College, London. Despite my education, I left the academic world behind and followed a completely different path working as an experienced PA, which I enjoy and am very good at. I’m of Pakistani parental heritage but was born in England and brought up in Wales. Interests include; cooking, photography (both behind and infront of the camera, as you already guessed!), blogging, vintage dress-making, and reading. Last favourite reads are; Unweaving the Rainbow (Dawkins) and The Red Queen (Ridley). I have an interest in charity and love children, so I donate to UNICEF on a regular basis, and am particularly interested in health issues such as TB and Hepatitis.

This blog will include favourite fashion finds, views on life and reviews of places.

Where I live: London

Education: Graduated in Physics from Imperial College, London

Favourite Programmes: Only Fools & Horses, CSI (New York, Vegas), NCIS, Quantum Leap, Star Trek (I know I’m a geek!)

Favourite Songs: Maybe Tomorrow (Stereophonics), Smooth Operator (Sade), Sweet Disposition (The Temper Trap), Life in Technicolor II (Coldplay)

Subscriptions: Nature, Scientific American

Follow on Google+: WHO (World Health Organization) love keeping up to date with their health campaigns.

After having made the decision to turn my dad’s life support off in 2013; the experience humbled me and changed my focus on working hard and building better relationships with friends & family. When I first started blogging, I felt a passion for writing, now I don’t feel like it’s important, so I’ve taken a hiatus, maybe returning at somepoint in the future. X



  Garry Wright wrote @

A truly wonderful blog that gives a real insight and understanding of the writer and person.
Great to see the Temper Trap being a favourite band as I too bought Conditions before it really became popular.

  Roifield Brown wrote @

Hi Abida, great blog I used to enjoy reading your posts on MyVillage.com. I have a proposition for you can you email me back please?

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