28 Sep, 2016

minal closes out her twelfth year…

28 Sep, 2016

Last Wednesday, Minal turned twelve. I surprised her at her all-girls after-school choir practice with a chocolate cake and candles. Her choir group sang happy birthday, and her teacher...

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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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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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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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10 Nov, 2014

documenting the home by the freeway ramp…

Sehba Sarwar
10 Nov, 2014

photo by Minal I hand Minal my phone-camera before we enter the freeway ramp, so she can document the temporary “home” she sighted a few weeks ago: a tent...

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28 Oct, 2014

how to make “home” beneath a freeway…

28 Oct, 2014

I grip my the steering wheel and focus on the ramp that will spill us into the fast lane of Interstate-45. Minal calls out from the back: Did you...

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04 Aug, 2014

biking along brays bayou…

Sehba Sarwar
04 Aug, 2014

On our first Saturday afternoon in Houston after a month of roaming, Minal, René and I meander on our bikes along a trail that’s being built along Brays Bayou...

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