On Prayer and a Pakistani Childhood

   Before my family moved to Pakistan, prayer was relegated to the Sunday morning church service, the evening service and Wednesday night prayer meeting at McLauren Baptist Church. Our family had “family devotions–a daily time for short Bible readings and prayers–and we prayed before each meal. However my perspective on prayer was largely first formed … Continue reading On Prayer and a Pakistani Childhood

First Pakistani on the Oscar Stage

With a roar of applause Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy arrived on the Oscar stage, her beautiful shalwar/kameez glittering under the lights. She took the Oscar for the Best Documentary (Short Subject) for a film that tells the story of Dr. Muhammad Jawad, a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who works to restore physical and emotional health of Pakistani women burned in … Continue reading First Pakistani on the Oscar Stage

Angels From the Rooftop – A Christmas Story from Pakistan

My mom grew up in a small town in Massachusetts called Winchendon known at the time for its toy factory. The toy factory made a variety of wooden toys and the town earned the well-deserved nickname of Toy Town. A large wooden rocking horse, created in 1912 and recreated in the 1980’s, stood under a … Continue reading Angels From the Rooftop – A Christmas Story from Pakistan

A Cheater’s Curry – the Pakistani Pillsbury

One of the challenges of adjustment from international to domestic living lies in the kitchen. How do I create the tastes that my palate has become accustomed to in this new land? Going from red pepper, garam masala, white cumin and turmeric to simply salt is distressing. A kitchen full of fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic and ginger … Continue reading A Cheater’s Curry – the Pakistani Pillsbury