02 Jan, 2015

home is a space that I create for myself and not one that’s defined for me …

Sehba Sarwar
02 Jan, 2015

Filmmaker Yunuen Perez Vertti drops by my Houston house to eat a meal prepared by my mother. A native of Mexico City, Yunuen lived for a decade in Houston...

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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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12 Dec, 2014

home is where it’s not always a comfortable path…

Sehba Sarwar
12 Dec, 2014

I am introduced to artist Masooma Syed by family friend and artist Salima Hashmi, who knows Masooma through Lahore, where Masooma grew up. Currently based in Delhi and married...

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03 Dec, 2014

the space for “home” is moveable…

Sehba Sarwar
03 Dec, 2014

My friend Kairn Klieman responds to questions about home: Home is feeling relaxed and free and at ease–hidden from all of life’s demands. It feels cuddly. Home is not...

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“home” is where you’ve been the happiest…

Sehba Sarwar

Over a snack-lunch of papri-chat, bhel-puri and Bombay roll at Sri Pavan Bhavan on Houston’s Hillcroft Avenue, Zeba Shah – after being away from Houston for several years during...

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07 Nov, 2014

it’s taken time for me to be okay with being in-between…

Sehba Sarwar
07 Nov, 2014

Shirin Herman, who works with Houston Independent Services’ Refugee Program, talks about her personal journey: At this point in my life, Houston is home; being with my husband at...

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04 Nov, 2014

feeling “at home” means being unself-conscious…

Sehba Sarwar
04 Nov, 2014

Writer Lacy Johnson talks about feelings about “home” (photo: selfie by Lacy): Feeling at home means not being aware of my body or appearance to others – being unself-conscious;...

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15 Oct, 2014

for me, “home” means being around family wherever family is…

15 Oct, 2014

Part of my What Is Home? project includes raising question (with a few more thrown in, thanks to my friends Jaspal and Yaksha) to family members, friends and others...

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29 Sep, 2014

what is home?…

29 Sep, 2014

“When you ask the question ‘what is home?’ are you talking about a physical space or an emotional place?” asks my friend Yaksha. “Those are two different things.” “This...

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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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