12 Feb, 2017

the invasion of plastic…

Sehbar Sarwar
12 Feb, 2017

Today, before heading out to Karachi Literature Festival at the Beach Luxury Hotel, filmmaker Tehmina Ahmed and I carve out time to visit Khajoor Bazaar. Located in old Karachi,...

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15 Jan, 2017

a saturday night virtual playdate…

Sehbar Sarwar
15 Jan, 2017

“I’m at 10:21 seconds,” calls out Minal. “I need to catch up—I’m at 10:24 seconds!” Minal’s friend’s voice ricochets from Minal’s video phone that’s propped up in front of...

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28 Dec, 2016

learning more every day…

Sehbar Sarwar
28 Dec, 2016

This week, poet, performance artist and educator Christa Forster, who I met in Houston more than two decades ago and have remained friends with ever since, visited her hometown...

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16 Nov, 2016

revisiting “home”…

Sehba Sarwar
16 Nov, 2016

Minal and I spend five days in Houston, where she couch-surfs at her friends’ homes, while I find refuge at my friend Jacsun’s house as I prepare for VBB’s...

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10 Nov, 2016

hangover after drinking a lot of water and watching television…

10 Nov, 2016

I wake up with a hangover this morning even though last night, I drank only water. But I watched television for a long stretch. In the morning, I drink...

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05 Nov, 2016

familiar sights in new surroundings…

Sehba Sarwar
05 Nov, 2016

Today, on my hike to Eaton Waterfall, right as I duck into the shaded trail, I notice a silver-haired man ahead of me, who keeps turning around to look...

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13 Oct, 2016

more explorations and a bear on the loose…

Sehba Sarwar
13 Oct, 2016

A couple of months ago, when we first landed in Pasadena, California, I began my days with neighborhood walks, but lately, now that the weather has cooled off, I’ve...

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05 Oct, 2016

a whirlwind visit…

Sehba Sarwar
05 Oct, 2016

Our friend Oskar visits from Houston for just five days, and in the short amount of time that he is with us, we manage to visit a range of...

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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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i can’t find goat meat…

When making the rapid shift to Pasadena, I began a list of the replacements we’d have to uncover. And now that we’re here, the list has grown: Pediatrician General...

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