Archive for March, 2008

Magical Moments

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Join us at T2F for an experimental evening of magic, juggling, and tabla

Zach Warren is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, a juggler, unicyclist, laughter researcher, and joke collector for The New Yorker magazine. He has been invited to perform his circus antics for venues ranging from the White House to the only nightclub in Afghanistan. Zach is also on a mission to help a children’s circus for refugees, orphans and children suffering from violence in Afghanistan. He works with street children in the summers, helping them to relearn how to play after the trauma of war, using play and skill-based self-confidence tools to help children develop their own voice.

Irfan Hyder, a promising young tabla player, has accompanied ghazal singers, jazz bands, and visiting French artistes. He has also played fusion music with Abbas Premjee and is currently an accompanist to Tina Sani.

Date: Sunday 30th March, 2008


Science Ka Adda – EVOLUTION 101

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Join us at T2F’s seventh Science Ka Adda as we explore the origins of life.

Imagine lining up our maternal ancestors, shoulder to shoulder, from Karachi to Hyderabad. Heading north out of Karachi, our nth great grandmother is still human when you get to Hyderabad. But at Sukkur, she begins to look more ape-like than human. What gives?

We were (and are being) shaped by biological evolution – a gradual process that has continued over millions of years and millions of generations.

But …

How does this process work?
Why does it result in change?
Did all of humanity descend from Adam and Eve?
Why is there so much controversy about where we came from?
Is Evolution merely a theory or is there evidence to support Darwin’s ideas?

As always, T2F’s Science Ka Adda tackles the hard questions. Join us for a crash course in Evolution 101, featuring Dr. Saad Shafqat.

About Dr. Saad Shafqat

saad.jpgDr. Saad Shafqat is Associate Professor of Neurology at Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi. He obtained an MBBS from AKU in 1988, a PhD in Neuroscience form Duke University in 1994, and specialized as a neurologist from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999. The recipient of the 2006 Leadership Award of the Pakistan Society of Neurology, Dr. Shaqfat has authored over 30 scientific articles in leading medical journals. He is also a cricket writer/analyst, and in addition to contributing to Dawn and Cricinfo, co-authored Javed Miandad’s best selling autobiography: Cutting Edge. He also writes on social issues in the Dawn and Herald.

Date: Saturday 29th March, 2008


David Barsamian Reporting Live From The Second Floor

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

20th March 2008

davidb.jpgDavid Barsamian is a regular visitor at T2F whenever he comes to Pakistan. In Dec 2007, when he first visited T2F, he spoke about foreign policy, media and propaganda. This time, in addition to masquerading as Eqbal Ahmad and Noam Chomsky, David treated us to a spontaneous stand-up performance.

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The Second Coming of David Barsamian

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

David Barsamian Masquerades as Eqbal Ahmad and Noam Chomsky

davidb.jpgLast year, when David Barsamian came to t2f, he talked about foreign policy, media, propaganda, corporate power and … himself. This time, he’s going to act. David has spent countless hours in conversation with the late Dr. Eqbal Ahmad and Noam Chomsky. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read the books based on the interviews, this is the session to attend. We’ll ask the questions and David will respond as Dr. Eqbal Ahmad and Noam Chomsky might have. David has also threatened to treat us to an unplugged rendition of a ghazal 😉

David Barsamian is the award winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, an independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is a radio producer, journalist, author, and lecturer and has been working in radio since 1978. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. David’s latest books are “What We Say Goes” and “Imperial Ambitions” with Noam Chomsky, “Speaking of Empire & Resistance” with Tariq Ali and “Original Zinn” with Howard Zinn. His earlier books include “Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky”; “Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire” and “The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting”.

Date: Thursday 20th March, 2008


In Their Own Voice – Maniza Naqvi

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Join us at T2F for an evening with Maniza Naqvi, author of the newly released novel, A Matter of Detail.

maniza.jpgManiza Naqvi was born in Lahore and has lived in Mangla and Tarbela, Lahore and Karachi. She currently lives in Washington DC. Maniza is the author of 4 published books, all of which have political themes. Her first novel, Mass Transit (OUP), was set in Karachi and reflected the political context of Pakistan. The second novel, On Air (OUP), was set in a late night FM station talk show. Stay With Me (SAMA and Tara Press India), is about a political prisoner who is interrogated and tortured. A Matter of Detail (SAMA), is Maniza’s latest novel. Satirical and political, the theme runs counter to the dominant narrative prevalent about Pakistan in the world today.

Maniza has contributed poems, short stories and plays to several anthologies. She is currently working on a book of short stories set in Sarajevo, Bosnia and has just finished work on a play, The Leftist and the Leader – an imagined conversation between Tariq Ali and Benazir Bhutto.

Maniza’s latest novel, A Matter of Detail, can be purchased from the t2f Bookshop. The author will be available after the reading, to sign copies of her books.

About “In Their Own Voice”

Writers and poets challenge norms, provide sanctuaries of escape, heal wounds, and take human consciousness to the next level. This series provides a platform to writers, poets, and storytellers to weave their magic.

Date: Sunday, 16th March, 2008


In Their Own Voice – Anwar Shaoor

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

T2F Presents Anwar Shaoor

Anwar Shaoor, one of the most prolific Urdu poets of our times, has claimed an immense following amongst admirers of Urdu poetry. Rare for a living poet, he has also received high accolades from critics and contemporaries. With three collections of ghazals to his credit, Andokhta, Mashq-e-Sukhan, and Mee Raqsam, his work is read in literary journals around the world.

Anwar Shaoor has an amazing ability to blend profound thought with simple diction and is arguably the best exponent of sehl-e-mumtina* in Urdu ghazal today. Following the demise of Raees Amrohvi, he has continued the enviable tradition of contributing daily qat’aat to the widely read Urdu newspaper, Jang.

T2F is thrilled to host one of the most widely recognized Urdu poets of our times. Please join us for an evening of live renditions and interaction with Anwar Shaoor.

*Sehl-e-Mumtina is a form of writing poetry that is esteemed for its simplicity of language and communication.

Date: Wednesday, 12th March, 2008


PeaceNiche/T2F Founder Receives Entrepreneurship Award

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Karachi (PPI) 8th March 2008: Dawood Capital Management Limited, managers of Ladies Fund, and the Sindh Women Development Department gave away Ladies Fund Women’s Entrepreneurship Awards on Saturday on the occasion of International Women’s Day, here at Mohatta Palace Museum. Chief Guests at the reception were Barrister Shahida Jamil, and Nasreen Jalil, City Naib Nazim Karachi.

Speaking on the occasion, Nasreen Jalil said that growing influence and role of Pakistani women in the social and professional sectors was laudable. She emphasised upon women to give priority to their security by investing in business sector. Barrister Shahida said that now women have got importance by participating in politics. She said the present representation of women in assemblies and local bodies are more than past. Miss Tara Uzra Dawood, Chief Executive Officer of Dawood Capital Management, thanked the participants and guests on behalf of Ladies Fund, for being present and for their commitment to the development of women in Pakistan. She informed the gathering that hundreds of nominations were received from across the country, of which 30 were short-listed.

The panel of judges selected the 10 winners of the Ladies Fund Entrepreneurship Awards and one of them was PeaceNiche/T2F Founder, Sabeen Mahmud. They included Naheem Khan, Daulat Rahmatullah, Shireen Naqvi, Nargis Baloch, Sameera Raja, Sabeen Mahmud (T2F), Naheed Mashooqullah, Sheema Kirmani, Raheel Tariq Khan and Sultana Siddiqi.

Report by The Nation



T2F Celebrates International Women’s Day

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Join us at T2F on Saturday 8th March for a day of story-telling, debates, readings, film, art, and music, as we celebrate the resilience and spirit of women. Men are welcome!

Film Screening: When Billy Beat Bobby [2:00 pm – 3:30 pm]

iwd.gifOn September 20, 1973, the game of tennis changed forever. What began as a publicity stunt became a national event when Bobby Riggs, an aging tennis pro and self-proclaimed chauvinist pig, challenged women’s tennis champion Billie Jean King to a match – the ultimate Battle of the Sexes. He claimed that the female game was inferior and that a top female player could not beat him even at the age of 55. Billie Jean King, the spunky feminist who defied the traditional roles of women in sporting events, fought diligently for equal pay and respect. Her outspoken professionalism and clever tenacity inspired a nation of women as they battled for their rights.

Panel Discussion: Sex Sells! [4:00 pm to 5:00 pm]

Feminists have long raged about the fact that women are exploited by the media, advertising, and fashion industries. However, is today’s educated, liberated, aware woman still a victim of manipulation or is she in control of her choices? Join us for a session of hard talk as a group of opinionated individuals, ranging from ad agency folk and fashionistas to womens rights activists, fight it out.

WAR Stories [5:30 pm to 6:30 pm]

War Against Rape (WAR) is dedicated to building a sensitized society, free from gender-based oppression, discrimination, exploitation and violence. WAR is currently working on the rape case of an 8 year old girl. Her parents will talk about the ordeal their daughter and family had to go through in their fight for justice and social acceptance. The family’s lawyer and medico-legal examiner will provide legal and medical perspectives.

Music Video: Aseer Shahzadi [7:00 pm to 7:10 pm]

Produced by Tehrik-e-Niswan, Lyrics by Fahmida Riaz, Vocals by Tina Sani, Direction by Sheema Kermani and Anwer Jafri

One Act Play: Voh Naak Say Boltay Haen [7:15 pm to 7:50 pm]

Sheema Kermani, Asma Mundrawala, and Mahvash Faruqi will perform a dramatic reading of a one-act play by Surendra Verma.

TV Play: Shaali [8:30 pm to 9:15 pm]

Shaali, a story about child marriage, features a fourteen year old girl who is deceived into marrying an older man. She agrees to this unholy union because her child’s mind is unable to process the adult concept of marriage. The play highlights the physical and emotional abuse suffered by the girl child and hopes to awaken us to this ongoing crime and perhaps find some lasting solutions.

Feminist Readings [9:45 pm – 10:15 pm]

Poetry and prose readings by Attiya Dawood and Nuzhat Kidvai. Audience members are most welcome to join …

1 Woman in Song and 2 Men on Guitar [10:30 pm onwards]

Tp Omar, Farrukh Ahmed, and Adeel Zahid: Live and Unplugged!

On the Walls

Art and Photography by K.B. Abro, Masuma Halai, Rabeya Rima, and Ambereen Siddiqui


Living Creatively With Life’s Challenges [Thurs 6th March]

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Join us at T2F to hear Asad Rafi’s inspirational story.

asadatworkAsad has a disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia and has been in a wheelchair since the age of 20. Despite myriad challenges, he pursued his dreams and now heads the Corporate Social Responsibility division at a technology company. Asad is a member of the Rotaract Club and the Karachi Toastmasters Club, and advocates tirelessly for making Pakistan wheelchair friendly.

Sabeena Jalal runs a cyber support group called Beat Disability and will moderate the Q/A session.

Please do join us for this very special story-telling session.

Date: Thursday 6th March, 2008


Putting the Police in Order

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Join us at T2F this Sunday for a special edition of Cinema for Change as we take a look at the critical issue of police reform.

police.jpgAre the police in Pakistan inherently corrupt, brutal and inefficient? Or are they part of an outdated and exploitative system that needs to change in order to put the police at the service of the people?

Putting the Police in Order is an investigative documentary from Newsline Films. Produced by Tehmina Ahmed and directed by Maheen Zia, the film examines the impact of the Police Order of 2002, which was an attempt to promote professionalism and free the police force from undue pressures. The document was ultimately watered down by vested interests. The film uncovers the effect of these changes on the police and citizens while it ponders the question of who the police really serve.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion led by Jameel Yusuf, former Chief of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee.

About the Director

Maheen Zia is an independent film maker and has directed several short films and documentaries. She is a founding member of the KaraFilm Society and has served as an International Jury Member for film festivals around the world. Maheen teaches filmmaking at the University of Karachi and is an executive committee member of the Union for Short Filmmakers of Muslim Countries. Maheen also pursues environmental activism and is a co-founder of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society.

Date: Sunday 2nd March, 2008