Hananah Zaheer’s recent work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Southwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. Currently, she is a fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review and is working on a novel and collection of short stories.
Lahore is Lahore, the saying goes. For the twelve million who, until recently, made their way through its streets every day, that is all that needs to be said. For the others—the foreign, the displaced—it is an idea, resisting definition. Before the pandemic emptied the streets, I landed in a city I could still move through freely.