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 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 a 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.