16 Aug, 2007

Dramatic return to Houston

16 Aug, 2007

Last Thursday, Minal and I flew out of Karachi right as a heavy rainstorm was starting up—our only experience of the monsoon this year—and it took us over an hour to get to the airport because of flooded streets. After all the lame connections in west Asia that one...

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02 Aug, 2007

University of Karachi/ KU

02 Aug, 2007

University of Karachi is a long drive from our corner of the city, Clifton, to the northern edge of Karachi where the campus of is located. (Everyone always refers to the University as KU or Karachi University, but today while doing a web-search, I discovered that the University’s real name...

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02 Aug, 2007

Dawn News

02 Aug, 2007

Today I was a guest on a talk show on Dawn News, Pakistan’s latest English language television station. On the show, I represented Alhamra Publishing and shared my thoughts (and publisher Shafiq Naz’s thoughts) about the English publishing industry in Pakistan. The overall theme of the show was on...

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26 Jul, 2007

I've been in Karachi for almost…

26 Jul, 2007

I’ve been in Karachi for almost three weeks, yet it seems like a lifetime, as if I was never anywhere else. I sit at Beena’s desk with all the blinds down. It is past noon and outside, the heat is searing. A mynah sends out a musical chirp. By...

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10 Jul, 2007

landing in Karachi

10 Jul, 2007

On Thursday, 5 July, René, Minal and I emerge from our 36-hour journey from Houston to Karachi and step out into the open waiting area at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport. I hear my name being called. It is my mother waiting for us. We move onto the pavement so the...

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27 Jun, 2007

karachi flooding

27 Jun, 2007

it seems as if every few days when i think about posting on my blog, something new is happening in karachi. i wish i could say that the news was good but it’s not. this past weekend, more than 200 people were killed after a thunderstorm that took the...

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23 Jun, 2007

Free Alejandro

23 Jun, 2007

Today I visit a downtown Houston Harris County jail, my first time in a prison in any country, even though my father was jailed for a year nearly half a century ago in Karachi. I make the trip with René to see his student Alejandro, who was picked up...

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21 Jun, 2007

In 8 days, René, Minal and I…

21 Jun, 2007

In 8 days, René, Minal and I will fly to Karachi so we can hang out in the heat, get replenished by family love, and night-time sea-breeze. I am so ready to leave these borders. There is a jaded exhaustion that I feel just by being in one space...

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22 May, 2007

reality and dreams

22 May, 2007

Six years ago when I was teaching a young girls writing workshop, Making Noise, at the Inprint House, Marie Howe stopped by to write with us. She talked about how she and Salman Rushdie got in a car and drove to New York a few days after 9/11. I...

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13 Apr, 2007

daily noise – the first one

13 Apr, 2007

A photo from MHC archives that’s now framed and displayed in the college library In a rented car, I jump on Mass Turnpike and drive west toward South Hadley, Massachusetts, a quiet rural town that I haven’t seen for over twenty years. Exiting the Turnpike, I get on Route...

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I was inspired to begin my blog when I visited the library at my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, and saw a framed photograph of my friends and me calling for divestment of funds from South Africa.

In 2007,  I began a blog when I visited my alma mater and saw a framed a photograph of my friends and me calling for divestment of funds from South Africa. I use the blog to document my movement between spaces, Houston, Karachi, Delhi, Dhaka, Los Angeles and elsewhere, recording observations, images and conversations. Here, I document the multiple realities that I inhabit – writer, artist, mother, activist, educator, and transnational. Interviews from my blog were exhibited at Houston’s Baker Ripley Community Center (2014) and at Houston Public Library in downtown (2015). My papers are archived at the University of Houston’s library.