31 Jul, 2011

last morning at macondo…

Sehba Sarwar
31 Jul, 2011

As always, Macondo is a rich gathering with old and new friends. Throughout the week, we are inspired by readings and talks with Julia Alvarez, Naomi Shihab Nye, Esmeralda...

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20 Jul, 2011

a rough journey

Sehba Sarwar
20 Jul, 2011

Our flight did leave on time but Karachi’s international departure lounge was packed with people with barely enough standing room since all PIA flights were delayed. By the time...

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18 Jul, 2011

continued turbulence

18 Jul, 2011

The day we are flying out is packed with drama. My mother is supposed to head out to the airport a few hours before us to catch a flight...

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17 Jul, 2011

last minute attempts

17 Jul, 2011

I’ve been trying to go to Bohri Bazaar for weeks. Today, one day before my departure, I inform everyone, “I’m going.” “The traffic’s supposed to be terrible,” my sister...

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15 Jul, 2011

continued city closures

Sehba Sarwar
15 Jul, 2011

Before we go to bed the previous night, we learn about the Mumbai bombings, but when we wake up in the morning, we sense new tension in the air...

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12 Jul, 2011

more trouble in the city

12 Jul, 2011

The internet connection at our house has been more erratic lately, making the job of regular blogging more of a challenge. In the meantime, the violence has subsided in...

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08 Jul, 2011

rising death toll…

Sehba Sarwar
08 Jul, 2011

Even though the MQM march was supposed to be “peaceful” (and then called off), Karachi was essentially closed today as the death-toll rose. Public transport was at a standstill...

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07 Jul, 2011

violence rises even as we find distraction

Sehba Sarwar
07 Jul, 2011

In the backdrop of all our adventures, the political environment in Karachi is tense. Over the past few days, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has walked out from participating...

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06 Jul, 2011

getting busier…

Sehba Sarwar
06 Jul, 2011

Over the past few days, life has been busy. A few days ago, I went with family to see Shoaib Mansur’s new feature film Bol, and I spent time...

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06 Jul, 2011

birds vs humans – a child's observations

06 Jul, 2011

Minal stands barefoot in the living room and places her foot next to a black rain-ant, the size of two of her fingernails put together. As the ant moves...

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