19 Sep, 2017

stepping away from TEDx…

19 Sep, 2017

photo by Gabriel Fuller Over the last few months, I was immersed in preparing for a Pasadena TEDx talk, but last week, I withdrew my participation. I have a...

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30 Jun, 2017

“fiction is an offering, a prayer, a universe…”

30 Jun, 2017

Arundhati Roy read a passage from her new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; image of rock star Patti Smith in the background “Happiness is an act of resistance,”...

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05 Apr, 2017

patti smith: use your voice!

Sehba Sarwar
05 Apr, 2017

2010: Patti Smith with me at KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM; photo by Burnell McCray. Listen to interview here “I was on my way to Australia,” Patti Smith tells...

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25 Jan, 2017

two days later…

Sehbar Sarwar
25 Jan, 2017

Woman waiting to catch Metro waves a banner designed by Stephen Fairey for The Amplifier Foundation’s We The People project I wake up to hear the radio spitting stories...

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15 Dec, 2016

an alternate planet…

15 Dec, 2016

I’ve spent most of my life protesting. As a teenager, I marched on Karachi streets in support of women’s rights, after which I went on to college to join...

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29 Nov, 2016

graffiti in the canyon…

29 Nov, 2016

Pink graffiti on a rock along my path as I hike in Eaton Canyon. 28 Nov 2016 · 06:33:02 PM

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26 Oct, 2016

memory: a hatchback transformed…

Sehbar Sarwar
26 Oct, 2016

I step out to our street today and freeze at the sidewalk. In front of me rests a red Honda Civic Hatchback, identical to the first new car I...

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19 Aug, 2016

viva la causa…

Sehba Sarwar
19 Aug, 2016

While visiting a local bank, I catch sight of a wall filled with drawings by children. Each poster is a reminder of history; this one is a remembrance of...

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10 Nov, 2015

rituals…

Sehba Sarwar
10 Nov, 2015

Oskar and René at TC drag show When I first told Minal that our friends Oskar and René were getting married and that Oskar invited me to serve as...

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07 Nov, 2015

a passing conversation…

07 Nov, 2015

I don’t go to Home Depot very often, but I dropped by today to exchange a toilet seat. As the woman behind the counter processed my exchange, she threw...

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