goodbyes in times of corona – with lynne and mike boucher, two of my favorite activists here in @rochesterny
social distancing – with @carolynrocs at #schoenplace in #pittsford
when the husband doesn’t want to go for a walk but u go anyway
#schoenplace #pittsfordny #eriecanal #sunset
lovely evening with roberta, jon, emily and nate. such delicious food and invigorating convo. thank u so much for ur brilliance and compassion. it is comforting to be amongst like-minded friends in this v unsettling world.
the movers came yesterday and packed all our artwork and pictures – it’s more than 20 boxes. so hard to see our ‘home’ disappearing. the walls are empty now – rooms feel echoey. this is how i will always remember our home in #rochester.
last night my beautiful friend Maysaa treated us to some exquisite iraqi, syrian and lebanese food. gorgeous salads to start with (fattoush and tabbouleh), kibbeh, dolma mahshi (stuffed onions) and dolmas made with grape leaves, fatayer with cheese, spinach and meat, and finally rice and qeema (a stew with chickpeas and ground beef, traditionally served during muharram). for dessert, we had warbat which reminded me of baklava (just as crispy, filled with custard or pistachios, walnuts, and almonds), and halawet el jibn (made with cheese dough, filled with cream, drenched in sugar syrup and rose water) – to die for. what a feast and what wonderful conversation. thank u so much maysaa and mazin.
Haldi Kumkum ceremony, is a social gathering in India in which married women exchange haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermilion powder) – see the pretty sachet in the picture – as a symbol of their married status and wishing for their husbands’ long lives.
The ceremony is particularly popular in the western Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa. In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated as Aadiperukku aka Aadi monsoon festival.
lovely, intimate dinner and #gupshup with the beautiful Janani Parthasarathi. janani treated me to tamil cuisine from the southern tip of india: delicious adai (pancake made with lentils and rice) that i sprinkled with gur (brown sugar from sugarcane), rasam which reminded me of karhi pakora, gojju made with tamarind and butternut squash, puliyore (a rice dish with peanuts), poriyal with cabbage and peas, and vella payasam (a fragrant kheer made with date sugar). there was also homemade dahi (yogurt) which took me back to pakistan. what a feast, what wonderful company. thank u janani.
spent the afternoon with the remarkable ruhi maker – lawyer extraordinaire, activist committed to racial justice, powerful change-maker. i always feel i’m home when i’m with ruhi.
magnificent dinner at shahana’s house with lots of yummy food, wonderfully intimate conversations about people we love and admire, and loads of laughter.
with the incredibly talented Heather Layton at Starry Nites Cafe this afternoon – we talked about teaching, art and activism, grants and future projects, saudi society and how it’s changing, US presidential elections, as well as our personal lives. so happy to catch up dear heather, and see u in long island 🙂
such a lovely lunch with firdaus apa, nadia and roohi baji. thank u for this wonderful treat roohi baji. will miss u.
fabulous vegetarian dinner cooked for us by liz and jesse who live in a big farmhouse filled with stunning art and rare treasures, along with a rambunctious dog. such a beautiful evening! #spencerport #newyork
yesterday was such an emotional/powerful day. some lovely pakistani american friends threw a lavish tea party and i got to say goodbye to so many astonishing women i love. i am so lucky. thank u shahida, anjum, ayesha, darakhshan, farah a, farah m, and najia! and thank u to all the ladies who took the time to visit. love u all. (more pictures soon)
such a beautiful dinner last night with such beautiful friends. thank u so much shagufta for a magnificent feast and for ur warmth and generosity <3