13 Dec, 2007

This week has been one of…

13 Dec, 2007

This week has been one of much action in Karachi. Thanks to the People’s Resistance (an assortment of activists, journalists and community members) who are organizing to express resistance against Musharaff’s new Martial Law, each Saturday, a group gathers to do a peace vigil and protest against media censorship...

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05 Dec, 2007

We’ve only been in this city…

05 Dec, 2007

We’ve only been in this city of 15 million for about four days but it feels as if we never left—other than the fact that the weather and fruits in August are very different from what one experiences in the Karachi ‘winter’. During most of the year, the weather...

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10 Nov, 2007

Today, I was sharing with…

10 Nov, 2007

Today, I was sharing with friends that Minal and I will be returning to Karachi soon to see my father who hasn’t been well. One friend (like most people with whom I share this information) asks me: “It sounds rough over there. Will you be ok?” “Yes, Musharraf’s martial...

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04 Nov, 2007

Pakistan: Martial Law….again

04 Nov, 2007

On November 3, General Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan (something that has been expected for the last 6 months). My sister, who is presently back in Karachi, has been posting regular updates through her yahoo group. To join the list, email her at: bsarwar1@yahoo.co.uk Below is...

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20 Aug, 2007

I make up songs for Minal every…

20 Aug, 2007

I make up songs for Minal every day and I’m considering creating a blog just for her so I can put in my nonsensical thoughts about her. But then, the thought of fragmenting and creating another task seems too much. So for now, my Minal stories will just be...

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16 Aug, 2007

Dramatic return to Houston

16 Aug, 2007

Last Thursday, Minal and I flew out of Karachi right as a heavy rainstorm was starting up—our only experience of the monsoon this year—and it took us over an hour to get to the airport because of flooded streets. After all the lame connections in west Asia that one...

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02 Aug, 2007

University of Karachi/ KU

02 Aug, 2007

University of Karachi is a long drive from our corner of the city, Clifton, to the northern edge of Karachi where the campus of is located. (Everyone always refers to the University as KU or Karachi University, but today while doing a web-search, I discovered that the University’s real name...

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02 Aug, 2007

Dawn News

02 Aug, 2007

Today I was a guest on a talk show on Dawn News, Pakistan’s latest English language television station. On the show, I represented Alhamra Publishing and shared my thoughts (and publisher Shafiq Naz’s thoughts) about the English publishing industry in Pakistan. The overall theme of the show was on...

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26 Jul, 2007

I've been in Karachi for almost…

26 Jul, 2007

I’ve been in Karachi for almost three weeks, yet it seems like a lifetime, as if I was never anywhere else. I sit at Beena’s desk with all the blinds down. It is past noon and outside, the heat is searing. A mynah sends out a musical chirp. By...

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10 Jul, 2007

landing in Karachi

10 Jul, 2007

On Thursday, 5 July, René, Minal and I emerge from our 36-hour journey from Houston to Karachi and step out into the open waiting area at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport. I hear my name being called. It is my mother waiting for us. We move onto the pavement so the...

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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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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.