Getting to Know the Ones You’ve Lost

December 6, 2016

When I planned my trip to Pakistan, I fully expected to have deep conversations with a lot of my relatives. And I did. I enjoyed talking to my elders and my cousins, hearing stories, and all that good stuff. However, I didn’t expect to get to know my dad better than I ever knew him, […]

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Hanging in Pakistan – Nine Years Later

November 10, 2016

I was wandering through the aisles of Springs Mart, a grocery store in Karachi, Pakistan, studying everything. A supermarket isn’t a big deal but checking one out in another country is always fascinating to me. I saw stuff that I’m used to seeing in markets here but then there were also items I had never […]

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These Birds Walk

March 2, 2014

I’ve been to Pakistan a few times. Karachi, specifically. I used to go a lot more when I was younger with my family but things change and so in the past 20 years, I’ve only been twice. I’ve always seen Karachi from a certain perspective and with the documentary These Birds Walk, which I only […]

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A Reflection On My Parents

January 28, 2013

Yesterday, the siblings and I hosted a surprise retirement party for my mom. She retired at the end of December after 27 years as a physical therapist at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. The party was my little sister’s idea. We all thought it definitely was a huge deal and so we really wanted to […]

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On Pakistan

August 18, 2010

Three weeks ago, flooding started in Pakistan, killing over 1,500 people and affecting millions of people so far. Articles say that about 1/5 of Pakistan is under water. And yet, despite the dire need of funds, there has been a slow response to this disaster. There has been a lot of discussion about this so […]

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Lack of Logic

December 29, 2009

Yesterday, there was a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan in which a someone blew himself up at a Shia mosque on the day of Ashura. This is just one of many suicide bombings that have occurred in Pakistan as of late. I can’t understand this. Not only the killing, attempted or otherwise, of innocent people, […]

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Am I Ready To Go Back to Pakistan – Year 2

November 1, 2009

Last year, I wrote my first ever Am I Ready to Back to Pakistan entry so I thought I would continue the trend with another blog post. It has now been two years since I went on a trip to Pakistan with my family. I discussed the issues I had in the entry I referenced […]

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Pakistani Dramas Reflection of Pakistani Life? Crazy.

March 1, 2009

For those of you who don’t know, Dish Network offers a variety of international channels that many Pakistani and Indians in the West salivate over. We have about 3 or 4 of those channels ourselves, as my mom watches a lot of Pakistani dramas. The siblings and I don’t really care for these dramas because […]

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My Single-Serving Friends

February 10, 2009

For some reason, I was randomly thinking about my flight home from Pakistan back in 2007. I’m not quite sure why, but my thoughts turned to the people I talked to while making my way back to the States, my single-serving friends. On the flight from Karachi to San Francisco, I made 3 single-serving friends […]

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Am I Ready to Go Back?

October 30, 2008

Beginning now, I will introduce a new feature in this blog, a once a year entry in which I ponder about whether or not I am ready to back to Pakistan. This time last year, my family and I were in Pakistan. I spent more than $1,500 and 2.5 weeks of my life to go […]

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