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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14 Jan, 2008

More arrests.

14 Jan, 2008

More arrests. We return from a day at the beach–a wonderful multi-generation family gathering with the older generation, my cousins, our kids. Just a calm January day where we...

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09 Jan, 2008

Today, we drive to the Sea Wall with Minal's cousin…

09 Jan, 2008

Today, we drive to the Sea Wall with Minal’s cousin to attend her classical Indian dance class taught by dancer-performer Sheema Kirmani, who also runs a theater group called...

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28 Dec, 2007

9:00 pm, Friday

28 Dec, 2007

“Benazir Bhutto is sad,” says my 3-year old. “Why?” I ask, nervous about what I am to hear. After all, for the last 24 hours Minal has been moving...

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17 Dec, 2007

A hijabi barbie purse presented to Minal.

17 Dec, 2007

Made in China (where else?) Need I say more?

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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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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...

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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...

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