05 Mar, 2008

Election fever's in the air.

05 Mar, 2008

Election fever’s in the air. At 9:30 am this morning, as I head out to drop off Minal to pre-school, I see police cars blocking the street in front of Henderson Elementary, our polling station. Throngs of people are in line to cast their ballot and they’re holding up...

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23 Feb, 2008

It's now been five days since…

23 Feb, 2008

It’s now been five days since Pakistan’s Parliamentary elections took place, and despite the rigging, it’s clear that the tide against Musharraf is rising. But there seems to be no respite for the lawyers’ struggle to resist the government. Yesterday, at a lawyers’ rally in Karachi, police opened tear-gas...

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19 Feb, 2008

Many of us said the Pakistani elections…

19 Feb, 2008

Many of us said the Pakistani elections wouldn’t happen. But they did today. My sister, Beena Sarwar, filed a story for IPS regarding the mass rigging that took place. More is unfolding–as always.

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17 Feb, 2008

Some days the distance between…

17 Feb, 2008

Some days the distance between Karachi and Houston seems very short. All week, there’s been dire forecasts tornadoes and hailstorms in Houston for today, Saturday. Many events were postponed, but the day comes and goes and nothing more than the usual heavy rain and a few spots of flooding...

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10 Feb, 2008

More police brutality in Islamabad…

10 Feb, 2008

More police brutality in Islamabad after lawyers decided to boycott courts until the 18 February elections. Check out teeth maestro and read the article in today’s Dawn.

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06 Feb, 2008

Today, on the drive to pre-school …

06 Feb, 2008

Today, on the drive to pre-school with Minal, we talk with each other in Urdu–as we often do when we are alone with each other. Generally, I have to dictate to her, and then she gets into the stream of the language. As we go under the railroad track...

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30 Jan, 2008

It’s always a shock to return to Houston…

30 Jan, 2008

It’s always a shock to return to Houston after having been away for sometime. People ask me: “Are you jetlagged?” This week, my answer is: “I am culture-lagged.” Two such different worlds that have each become my home. Someone warmly greeted me: “Welcome back to your home. Here, you...

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16 Jan, 2008

Dubai invades Karachi

16 Jan, 2008

Blogspot is back up and running in Pakistan, but other websites are still hard to enter such as the Human Rights Commission website. Definitely feels as if things are back to where they were two decades ago. But around us, prosperity is on the rise. Today, I ventured out...

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16 Jan, 2008

Life continues to be turbulent. Those arrested…

16 Jan, 2008

Life continues to be turbulent. Those arrested yesterday were released on bail late last night, and today there was another bombing in Landhi in the outskirts of Karachi. Ten more were killed. On another note, on Sunday night, after posting about Justice Bhagwandas’ house arrest, and expressing doubt over...

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14 Jan, 2008

More arrests.

14 Jan, 2008

More arrests. We return from a day at the beach–a wonderful multi-generation family gathering with the older generation, my cousins, our kids. Just a calm January day where we bask in the sun, eat fresh fruit, zeera biscuits, and home-made haleem. But when we reach home, my sister’s phone...

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13 Jan, 2008

Today, Justice Bhagwandas was placed…

13 Jan, 2008

Today, Justice Bhagwandas was placed under house arrest in Karachi — read more in Teeth Maestro. And yesterday, shortly before a lawyers’ rally was scheduled to take place in Lahore, there was another suicide bombing, and more than 30 police officers were killed. At the Women’s Action Forum conference...

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11 Jan, 2008

Around the city, billboards and writings…

11 Jan, 2008

Around the city, billboards and writings welcoming Benazir are scattered on walls and roundabouts. But Benazir is gone, and a sense of depression and grief pervails. The January 7 election day has also come and gone, and no one knows what will happen next, or what more will be...

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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 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.