15 Aug, 2016

the first day of school…

Sehba Sarwar
15 Aug, 2016

By sheer coincidence, we find a public school in Pasadena that offers similar programs to those in Minal’s Houston school – her new school is International Baccalaureate and also...

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two random conversations…

The flight that Minal and I take from LAX to Houston Hobby is delayed and lands at two in the morning. After collecting our baggage, we walk out into...

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11 Mar, 2016

ammunition stores and minal’s project…

Sehba Sarwar
11 Mar, 2016

An ammunition store in Houston’s Oak Forest neighborhood Since I’ve been back in Houston, Minal and three of her classmates have been working on an International Baccalaureate (IB) project...

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29 Dec, 2015

braving the lines…

Sehba Sarwar
29 Dec, 2015

On our second day in Los Angeles, René, Minal and I wake up early, so we can get to Disneyland before a crowd builds up. However, the battle to...

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21 Nov, 2015

cycles of violence…

21 Nov, 2015

Once again, just a week after the bombings in Lebanon and Paris, the anti-refugee and anti-Muslim hype in Europe and the US is escalating. In the meantime, Amy Goodman’s...

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10 Nov, 2015

rituals…

Sehba Sarwar
10 Nov, 2015

Oskar and René at TC drag show When I first told Minal that our friends Oskar and René were getting married and that Oskar invited me to serve as...

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31 Aug, 2015

Minal-ism…

31 Aug, 2015

As we drive to school, Minal, who will be 11 in just a few weeks, says to me: “Children are more honest and peaceful than grown-ups.” “What do you...

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04 Aug, 2015

cadillac ranch…

04 Aug, 2015

On our drive from Santa Fe to Houston, we take a short detour to experience Cadillac Ranch. The cars remind me of Pakistani truck art and Houston’s Orange Show’s...

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11 Jun, 2015

billboards…

11 Jun, 2015

photo by Minal The month of ramzaan (the way the month of fasting is referred to in South Asia) started today. In response, this billboard asking “Gave more this Ramadan?”...

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08 Feb, 2015

freedom on the streets…

Sehba Sarwar
08 Feb, 2015

photo by Minal Saldivar As we drive up the freeway ramp, I notice that the freeway shack that Minal and I documented a few months ago has been “torn...

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