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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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