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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13 Apr, 2007

daily noise – the first one

13 Apr, 2007

A photo from MHC archives that’s now framed and displayed in the college library 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...

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I was inspired to begin my blog when I visited my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, where a photograph of my friends and me calling for divestment of funds from South Africa, is framed and exhibited in the library.

In 2007,  I began a blog when inspired by a visit to my alma mater where a photograph of my friends and me calling for divestment of funds from South Africa, is framed and exhibited in the library, I use the space to document my movement between spaces, Houston, Karachi, Delhi, Dhaka, Los Angeles and elsewhere, recording observations, images and conversations. My blog remains a space where 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).