Archive for June, 2007

Open Mic for the Brain

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

24th June 2007

Don’t let yesterday’s rain get you down. We’re having an impromptu open mic night at T2F today between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Bring a poem, sing a song, put forth an idea that may get you into trouble, or blow your own trumpet.

There is no cover charge. See you tonight.


Science Ka Adda: Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy: 21st June 2007

Are you curious about the human genome project, but intimidated by ivory-tower scientists? sciencekadda.jpg Do you wonder whether the Big Bang actually happened? Is there life beyond earth? What happens when stars collide? What are the social implications of nanotechnology?

T2F’s Science Ka Adda, hosted by Zakir Thaver, is a platform for debate and discussion about science and how it impacts our lives. Join us, in an informal café setting, to discover new ideas in science and technology, interact with scientists, and satiate your curiosity.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, one of Pakistan’s most eminent scientists, has agreed to come on board as the Chairperson of T2F’s Science Ka Adda.

From Quarks to Humans:
A Presentation and Talk by Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy on 21st June at T2F

Take a journey through 13 billion years, from the big bang to the early universe, to stellar formation, to the creation of the earth and life — and beyond. Find out what matter is, how simple non-living atoms on primitive Earth combined to make the molecules needed for life and what life’s future is on Earth. How do we know what we know? What sort of evidence do we have to back our claims? What questions remain unanswered? Are we alone?

Join us at T2F for a presentation followed by an informal discussion with Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy.

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy received his Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, pervez.jpgMaster’s in Solid State Physics, and Ph.D in Nuclear Physics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty member at the Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad since 1973. In 1984 he received the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics and, earlier, the Baker Award for Electronics. He is Chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization that publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought.

Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two other major television series aimed at popularizing science. He is author of Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality, now available in 5 languages. His writings have appeared in Dawn, The News, Frontier Post, Muslim, Newsline, Herald, Jang, and overseas in Le Monde, Japan Times, Washington Post, Asahi, Seattle Times, Post-Intelligencer, Frontline, The Hindu, and Chowk Magazine. He has been an engaged speaker at more than twenty US campuses including MIT, Princeton, Univ. of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University. He has appeared on several TV and radio networks (BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR, Fox) to analyze political developments in South Asia.

Date: Thursday, 21st June, 2007

In Their Own Voice: Bina Shah

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Bina Shah: 17th June 2007

Bina Shah is one of a handful of writers in Pakistan who have made their mark in English fiction. She began her career as an IT journalist in 1996 when she became Features Editor of the binashah.jpgPakistani edition of Computerworld. In 1998 she moved on to join Pakistan’s first Internet magazine, Spider as its editor. At the same time, she began to contribute freelance articles to Pakistani publications such as Libas and The Friday Times. To compliment her love of writing with her love of technology, she also began to write for the well-known South Asian web site Chowk and was made a regular columnist there in 2003.

Bina is the author of Animal Medicine, Where They Dream in Blue, The 786 Cybercafé and Blessings.

Join us at T2F on Sunday 17th June to hear Bina Shah read pieces from Blessings – her recently published collection of short stories.

Bina Shah’s books can be purchased from the T2F Bookshop and the author will be available after the reading, to sign copies of her books.

Date: Sunday, 17th June, 2007

In Their Own Voice: Zeeshan Sahil

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Zeeshan Sahil: 3rd June 2007

To launch the series, “In Their Own Voice”, T2F is thrilled to present Zeeshan Sahil.

Zeeshan Sahil was born in Hyderabad, Sindh, in 1961 and went to school there. zeeshansahil.jpg He started writing poetry in 1977 and has published eight collections of poetry in Urdu. His prose writings include critical articles and texts for broadcast on radio.

Zeeshan’s mellowness in expression is reached through an intensity that is real, that must have been lived. He possesses the capacity to love even what he would hate. Or perhaps he possesses the talent to understand destructive emotions and transform them into a thing of beauty. — Yasmeen Hameed

I was recently introduced to Zeeshan Sahil, by a friend who read out some of his poems from the collection ‘E-mail Aur Doosree Nazmayn’. WOW! Contemporary, powerful themes in simple, unpretentious language that anyone can understand. If you haven’t been exposed to modern Urdu poetry before, now is the time. — Sabeen Mahmud

Zeeshan Sahil’s books, including a volume of English translations, can be purchased from the T2F Bookshop. The poet will be available after the reading, to sign copies of his books.

Date: Sunday, 3rd June, 2007

Tee-M and His Guitar

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Tee-M and His Guitar: 3rd June 2007

Every now and then, intriguing and interesting folk pass through Karachi. This summer, singer/song-writer/guitarist, Tee-M, is visiting from California. T2F is delighted to announce an tee-m.jpginformal evening of classic rock with Tee-M – a unique performer, selected as Music Connection Magazine’s 100 Hottest Unsigned Artists for 5 years in a row.

Tee-M (Tariq Mirza) grew up in Karachi, hearing pop/rock on the short-wave radio, listening to street musicians playing the tunes of the land, and learning to play on a hand-me-down guitar.

Tee-M recently completed his first album, “Earthiotic” which made its worldwide debut on the “Rock 50” internet radio show on The CD was reviewed and critiqued live by Bernard Baur (Music Connection) and Mike Stark (Author of Black Sabbath: An Oral History). “Tee-M” is a very, very solid song-writer – this album is a remarkable achievement.”

Date: Thursday, 7th June, 2007
Time: Meet Tee-M: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Performance: 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm