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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14 May, 2007

Karachi in flames. Again.

14 May, 2007

Karachi in flames. Again. May 12, 2007 Today, yesterday, The day before And other days to come: Shar-e-Faisal aka Drigh Road is closed C-L-O-S-E-D No way into the city, no way out All exits from the airport are Closed. Bund. I want to go home and breathe smoke From...

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01 May, 2007

Tearing Wires, Building Bridges

01 May, 2007

para Carolina, Rich y las estudiantes I-10, a ribbon stringing across the southern borders Of the USA (los estados unidos de américa), A freeway racing parallel to curling barbed wires and military lights Across which are homes much like the ones on this side Maybe more decrepit, maybe more...

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13 Apr, 2007

daily noise – the first one

13 Apr, 2007

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 116, a curving farm road that leads straight to Mount Holyoke campus. I find...

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