Archive for May, 2008

Personal Narratives: An Interior Architect Turned Jewelry Designer

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Join us for a session of story-telling featuring Amber Sami

amber.jpgAmber learnt the value of culture and heritage from her experiences in New York City. Trained at the Parsons School of Design as an Interior Architect, she spent 10 years experiencing sights, sounds, and textures from all over the world – from the costumes worn by icons of another century, to Tibetans hats, to the Nizam of Hyderabad’s jewels.

After returning to Pakistan, Amber started an interior architecture company and proceeded to get burnt out, catering to the whims and fancies of rich clients. Bored and uninspired, she embarked on a journey in search of something that would re-ignite her spirit. Traveling into the heart of Southern Punjab, she discovered untapped treasures of craftsmanship. After serious research, Amber trusted her instincts and began to work on designs of antiquity, using semi-precious stones set in Kundan. Her pre-dominant driving force was to preserve the craft of ancient jewelry and to initiate a revival of sub-continental heritage.

Combining history and art, Amber will share her personal story through conversation and imagery.

Date: Sunday 18th May, 2008


Prose and Politics Featuring Shuja Nawaz, the Author of Crossed Swords

Friday, May 16th, 2008

shujanawaz.jpgBased on 30 years of research and analysis, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within (Oxford University Press 2008) is a profound, multi-layered, and historical analysis of the nature and role of the Pakistan army in the country’s polity as well as its turbulent relationship with the United States.

Shuja Nawaz examines the army and Pakistan in both peace and war. Using many hitherto unpublished materials from the archives of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army, as well as interviews with key military and political figures in Pakistan and the United States, he sheds light not only on the Pakistan Army and its US connections but also on Pakistan as a key Muslim country in one of the world’s toughest neighborhoods.

Shuja Nawaz is a political and strategic analyst, an expert in publishing and communications strategies, training, and an experienced editor. He has also advised governments in Asia and Africa. Shuja Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and The Huffington Post, and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television. He also works with RAND, the United States Institute of Peace, and other leading think tanks on projects dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East.

A special edition of Crossed Swords, featuring a free audio CD interview of Shuja Nawaz by Zak, can be purchased from the T2F Bookshop. The author will be briefly available after the session to sign copies of his book.

Date: Friday 16th May, 2008


T2F Turns 1 – Celebrate With Us on May 15th 2008

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Second Cup!
Your second cup of coffee is on the house 🙂

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Open Mic Poetry
Emad S. Rahim, a graduate of Northwestern University, has composed “Al-Kahaf: The Cave”, a book written in narrative verse, and a verse drama entitled “The Tragedy of Arazhan”, which is to be staged in Karachi this summer. Emad will read from his works and other brave souls are invited to step up to the mike and share some original poetry.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Live Music Featuring [NO IDEA]
T2F’s House Band promises an all new line-up of songs and a special surprise!

Date: Thursday 15th May, 2008


An Evening With Intizar Hussain

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Join us for an evening of readings and conversation with Intizar Hussain

intizarh.jpgIntizar Husain came into prominence with the upheaval filled days of 1947, as the emergent country of Pakistan was affected by the displacement of people on both sides of the border. These became the themes of Intizar Husain’s early fiction writings and his concern with the destiny of this country has deepened in his subsequent work. Intizar Husain is a well recognized figure on Pakistan’s literary scene and many of his works have been translated into English.

Intizar Husain will read selections from from his work and will answer questions from the audience. The session will be moderated by Asif Farrukhi.

Date: Wednesday 14th May, 2008


Hum Keh Thahray Ajnabi

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Join us for an evening of readings and recollections on 1971

Pakistan, just 24 years old, was plunged into a major war in 1971. Do we really know what led to its dismemberment and what the “other half” was going through? If textbooks of history in the schools are silent or gloss over the events, can we turn to Pakistan’s writers and poets to discover the truth? While literature focusing on that period abounds from Bangladesh, only a handful of our fiction writers addressed these issues in their works, depicting their versions of the “truth”. But many questions still remain: What do their depictions add up to? How different is their view from what the writers in Bangladesh chose to write about? What can we learn from these stories?

faultlines.gifTo mark the first birthday of The Second Floor (T2F), a special session of readings and discussion will focus on this critical juncture in the country’s history, which also marks an important and unrecognized crisis in Pakistan’s literature. Intizar Hussain, one of Pakistan’s leading fiction writers and Asad Muhammed Khan, the innovative grandmaster of fiction, will share their experiences and writings about living through and remembering 1971.

Joining them will be Niaz Zaman, Asif Farrukhi, and Saima Hussain. Asif and Niaz have recently published Fault Lines, an anthology in which the two sides – Bangladesh and Pakistan – are brought together, along with writers from India, the USA and the UK, through stories related to the events of 1971. Niaz Zaman is a writer and editor based in Dhaka and Asif Farrukhi writes Karachi and lives in fiction. Saima Hussain is the editor of DAWN’s Books & Authors.

We are grateful to Herbion for making this event possible. Thank You!

Date: Sunday 11th May, 2008


T2F In The Press

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Hindol Sengupta – Indian Fashion Journalist at T2F
The News – Instep (PDF – 144KB)

Ruhi Hamid – Director of The Rockstar and the Mullahs, and London’s DJ Heretic at T2F
The News

Mohammed Hanif, Author of “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” at T2F
DAWN
The News
The Daily Times

Mehreen Jabbar, Director of Ramchand Pakistani spends an evening at T2F
The News

Of History and Memory – Fault Lines launched at T2F
The Daily Star – Dhaka

Sabeen Mahmud, T2F Founder interviewed by The News
The News

An Evening With Salima Hashmi
The News

Ismail Gulgee Honoured at T2F
Karachi Metblogs

Ayesha Siddiqa, Author of Military Inc. at T2F
DAWN
The Daily Times
In The Line of Wire

David Barsamian, Founder of Alternative Radio at T2F
The Daily Times

Poet Zeeshan Sahil at T2F
The Daily Times

Compelling Conversations Over a Cup of Coffee
DAWN

Sara Suleri at T2F
The Daily Star – Dhaka



Sunday Matinee / World Laughter Day

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

What’s Up, Doc?

whatsupdoc.jpgIt’s World Laughter Day this Sunday … so a good old screwball comedy is our pick for the week. What’s Up, Doc? fits the bill perfectly. Peter Bogdanovich has achieved a rare treat with this near-slapstick offering: a really well acted comedy!

Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand deliver fascinating performances and Madeline Kahn is unforgettable as Eunice, the controlling, easily-flustered wife. Liam Dunn all but steals the show in a brief appearance as the Judge. Even the minor parts are played perfectly such as those of the scheming hotel manager and house detective. For those who saw “Love Story” there is also a one line spoof to watch out for.

Come and join us for a true rotfl afternoon.

Date: Sunday 4th May, 2008