Archive for February, 2008

Entrepreneur Alert: Monis Rahman, Founder of Naseeb Networks

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

tiekarachi.jpgJoin us at T2F for a story-telling session featuring Monis Rahman, the Founder and CEO of Naseeb Networks.

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund has invested in a Pakistani Internet company that caters to the local market. Monis Rahman will talk about how he managed to secure growth capital from ePlanet Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson in the midst of Pakistan’s persistent political instability.

Monis Rahman, an Internet entrepreneur, began his career at Intel Corporation where he was awarded several patents for his innovative work on the Itanium processor. He went on to co-found eDaycare which was acquired by Parent Watch in 2000. Monis has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did graduate coursework at Stanford University.

This session is hosted by TiE Karachi.

Date: Saturday 23rd February, 2008

Mirage at T2F

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Join us at T2F on Thursday for a live gig featuring Mirage …

Mirage was formed in 2003 when a group of passionate and talented individuals got together to jam. They’ve been playing the live underground circuit ever since and are now poised to hit the high notes with a new video and their first album.


Mirage comprises:

Rehan Nazim [composition, lyrics & vocals]
Saad Hayat [composition, lyrics, keyboards and production]
Yasir Ejaz [guitars & vocal harmonies]
Hasan Mahmud [bass]
Kashif Asif [drums]


Mirage’s set will include covers of U2, Led Zeppelin, and Coldplay as well as some original songs.

Date: Thursday, 21st February, 2008

An Evening With Muneer A. Malik

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Muneer A. Malik has become an icon of resistance following the imposition of the emergency in Pakistan and t2f is honored to host an evening of conversation with him.

muneermalik.jpgMuneer A. Malik has been a lawyer for over 28 years. An advocate of the Supreme Court and High Court, he has been involved in bar association politics throughout his life. He was the president of the Sindh High Court Bar Association from 2002 to 2003 and led the first lawyers’ movement against the the Legal Framework Order, 2002. He was the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association from 2006 to 2007 and played a key role in the second lawyers’ movement against the suspension of the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Faisal Siddiqi, an advocate of the High Court and an active member of the lawyers’ movement, will interview Muneer Malik, after which the floor will be opened up for questions.

Date: Sunday 17th February, 2008

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday, February 16th, 2008


T2F is delighted to present a Creative Writing Workshop by Kamila Shamsie

On Saturday 16th February, Kamila Shamsie will conduct a creative writing workshop at T2F, covering the building blocks of fiction, such as style, character, and plot movement. There will be a mixture of discussion and writing during the session. No one will be forced to read out work they want to keep private, but everyone must be prepared to take part in discussion and group exercises.

Kamila Shamsie (b. 1973) is a Pakistani novelist, who writes in the English language. Kamila has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was influenced by the Kashmiri poet, Agha Shahid Ali.

kamila.jpgKamila wrote her first novel, In The City By The Sea, while she was still at UMass, and it was published in both India and England in 1998. It was soon shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday award in the UK, and she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron was published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Italy. In 2000, she was selected as one of Orange’s 21 Writers of the 21st Century. Kamila’s third novel, Kartography, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail award in the UK. Both Kartography and her most recent work, Broken Verses have won the Patras Bukhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan.

Date: Saturday, 16th February, 2008

Celebrating Faiz

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Karachi: February 2008

faiz.gifLaunching T2F in 2007 on Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s birthday, as planned, turned out to be way too ambitious and we were off by about 3 months. To make up for it, we had a wonderful celebration on 13th Feb 2008 to commemorate one of our favorite Urdu poets.

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Celebrating Urdu Poets: Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

faizsahab.jpgIn a country where one authoritarian government has made way for another since its independence in 1947, Faiz became a symbol of revolt and dissidence. His poetry, as much as his life, came to represent the longing of the people for the freedom which had come their way so briefly.

To the forces of the left and to those who sought to build a just and exploitation-free society, Faiz became a source of great ideological power. His voice always rang high and clear, and during the grave-like silence of martial law rule, his words remained a beacon of light that could not be extinguished.

Join us at T2F, on Faiz Sahab’s birthday, for an evening of readings, anecdotes, never-seen-before video clips, reminiscences, a special telephone call, a dance by Sheema Kermani, and music featuring Tina Sani. If you have any personal stories about Faiz, please drop by and share them with us and the audience.

Date: Wednesday 13th February, 2008

Pakistan Women’s Day

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Join us at T2F to celebrate the brave women of Pakistan who dared
to take a stand.

morepowertous.gifOn 12th February 1983, 250 women took out a peaceful protest in Lahore to petition against the discriminatory Law of Evidence that General Zia ul Haq’s regime attempted to promulgate. These protesters were lathhi charged brutally, tear-gassed and some 50 were arrested.

The second wave of the women’s movement has not retreated since. In tribute and memory of that historic challenge to a dictatorial regime and discriminatory state, 12th February is marked as Pakistan Women’s Day.

Some powerful images captured of that day; a short film on women’s resistance in Pakistan and political poetry dedicated to the women’s movement, including that of Habib Jalib, will be presented.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion tracing the challenges and achievements of the women’s movement. We hope you will all join us in solidarity and also become a part of the movement.

Women’s Action Forum – Karachi

Date: Tuesday 12th February, 2008

3 Acoustic Performances

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Join us at T2F for a live set of acoustic performances featuring Jahanzeb Sherwani, Omar Bilal Akhtar, and Ali Alam.

acousticperformers.jpgJahanzeb Sherwani co-founded the LUMS Music Society and has performed with various bands, including Beetlejuice, Euphoria, and Once. Recently Jahanzeb started an American-desi band called Gulab-Jammin’ while a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon. His influences range from ‘The Edge’ of U2 to KT Tunstall.

Omar Bilal Akhter is the frontman for one Karachi’s most prolific live acts, The Aunty Disco Project (ADP). With ADP, Omar has played numerous sold out shows in the city and has recently released their eponymous debut album. ADP have released two music videos for their singles, Sultanat and Iss Tanhai Ko.

Ali Alam is a singer/songwriter. Formerly the lead singer/founder of the band Ganda Banda and the 3D Cats, Ali has also played guitars with the Strings, live acts in Pakistan, and abroad. Ali also hosts a weekly radio show called Musicology on City FM89. Currently, he is working on his first solo album and has recently hired a new manager, Shama Mohammed. He expects his career to skyrocket as a result.

Date: Saturday, 2nd February, 2008

Bani Abidi In Conversation with Adnan Madani

Friday, February 1st, 2008