Category Archives: Bhai

Yes, I am a Pakistani

Are you a Pakistani?” The first time I overheard this question, my daughter was five years old. We were attending a pre-wedding function at a friend’s home. It was 28 November 2008, and 10 terrorists from Pakistan had laid siege … Continue reading

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Love letter to my firstborn

My dear Sahar, You were sitting in my lap in the front seat of our car. Your father was driving. I was crying. “My baby, my baby,” I whispered, holding you tight. We had just found out that we were … Continue reading

Posted in angels, anger, baby talk, Bhai, child rearing, childhood, daughters, family, firstborn, girl child, motherhood, parenthood, sisterhood, World peace | 6 Comments

Why I write about things we have forgotten.

Many of the columns I write for Mint Lounge are difficult to write. I stay up nights. I sleep a lot. I wake up with sentences and connections in my head. I quickly write lines on the iPhone and put … Continue reading

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My Silent Brother

Bhai didn’t speak to me for 11 years. From 1984 to 1995. It was very hurtful but we got used to communicating by not communicating. We were in the same school, same bus-stand, school bus. Even when we went to … Continue reading

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