afterwards…

audience members at the Baker Ripley Community Center; photo by Paul Hester A month has floated away, and I’m still processing my What Is Home? production, one that took...

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30 Apr, 2015

people don’t talk about the necessity of crossing…

Sehba Sarwar
30 Apr, 2015

Karen Martinez, a filmmaker and a recent college graduate, talks about “home” and crossing borders: Houston is my home. I was born in Tula, Hidalgo – Mexico – and...

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25 Apr, 2015

another assassination…

Sehba Sarwar
25 Apr, 2015

photo by Reuters My mobile phone ringer goes off while I’m at a lunch meeting. I glance at the phone and see that Beena is on the other side....

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“at home” is where you know people, where you have friends…

Sehba Sarwar

photo by Maha Shahid Based in Boston where my sister Beena Sarwar has been for the last four years, she’s happy to spend a week in Houston and get...

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12 Jan, 2015

i’d feel more at “home” here if there were more people involved in the arts…

Sehba Sarwar
12 Jan, 2015

In a conversation with one of my oldest and dearest friends, “Justin” (name changed for personal reasons), I’m not surprised to hear his words: My deepest feelings of “home”...

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no city feels like home…

Sehba Sarwar

My first afternoon in Delhi is at the IIC – the Indian International Center – at a lunch hosted by Professor Alok Bhalla and organized by writer Noor Zaheer;...

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05 Dec, 2014

“home” is where you go when you’ve lost everything…

Sehba Sarwar
05 Dec, 2014

On a quiet Thursday morning after sharing tea with eL Seed and Asad Ali Jafri – who are visiting Houston as part of the Mitchell Center’s Intersections project  at Doshi...

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01 Sep, 2014

reflections on ferguson and gaza…

01 Sep, 2014

In her August 28, 2014 essay “On growing up in Ferguson and Palestine” published in the Washington Post, poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes: In Ferguson, an invisible line separated...

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02 Aug, 2014

a different narrative…

02 Aug, 2014

I know that I’ve landed in the US when I absorb mainstream news and find barely any mention of the 1,500 women, children and men killed in Gaza.

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10 Jul, 2014

sneaking a cup of coffee during an islamabad ramzan morning…

Sehba Sarwar
10 Jul, 2014

My writer friend Ilona Yusuf sneaks me into a café in Islamabad. They may throw us out, she says. But let’s try anyway. She shares the story of how...

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