Archive for March, 2011

Drop-In Yoga Mondays at T2F

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

T2F is excited to announce drop-in yoga classes with Aisha Chapra, on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Aisha ChapraAisha Chapra is a yoga teacher and a lecturer at SZABIST University. With a background in social work, counseling and community development, Aisha also volunteers at the women’s prison in Karachi.

Day: Mondays
First Class: 4th April 2011
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Fee: Rs. 250 per class

No pre-registration required. Just drop in! Do bring along a yoga mat if you have one.


60% of the proceeds from each class will be spent on supplies for women prisoners, many of whom have been languishing in jail for years, awaiting trial dates. If you are not interested in yoga, please just have a look at the list of items that are needed in the women’s prison and consider making a donation.

– Hygiene supplies (soap, toothpaste, shampoo etc)
– Clothes and underwear
– Shoes / Slippers
– Bedsheets
– Towels
– Chairs
– Toys and clothes for the children

Months have gone by and now these women and their children have become a part of my life. And every week they give me something to smile about, a new story to share, and a new lesson to learn, while giving me a consistent dose of inspiration. It’s interesting to see the change that happens once the women start attending the yoga classes. From being a little tough, self-conscious, at times even half joking, they become soft, vulnerable, strong, and hopeful by the end of class”.

Read more about Aisha’s experiences at the women’s prison


Celebrating Nigaah’s Artistic Journey

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Wednesday, 6th April 2011 | 6:30 pm

Join us at Faraar Gallery to celebrate 12 issues of Nigaah, a magazine focusing on South Asian arts and culture

Nigaah

Date: Wednesday, 6th April, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Tabla Classes with Ustad Khurshid Hussain and Yousuf Kerai

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Tabla Classes


Film Making 101: Workshop by Nofil Naqvi

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Film Making 101


The Big Story: Journalism Workshop by Naveen Naqvi

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Naveen Naqvi


Ismat Chughtai Kay Saath Aik Shaam – Dramatic Readings

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Friday, 25th March 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of dramatic readings of two short stories by Ismat Chughtai, ‘Ghoonghat’ and ‘Bachho Phuppi’, interspersed with excerpts from Sa’adat Hasan Manto’s essay on Ismat.

Presented by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan
Directed by Asma Mundrawala

Credits

– Readings from Manto’s essay: Saife Hasan
– Ghoongat and Bachho Phuppi Performers: Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala
– Music Compilation & Direction: Asma Mundrawala
– Title Design: Muzzumil Ruheel

About the Artistes

Ismat Chughtai Kay Saath Aik ShaamMahvash Faruqi is an educator and theatre practitioner and has been an integral member of the theatre group, Tehrik e Niswan, for 13 years. Continuing the legacy of her illustrious family, Mahvash has performed in numerous well-known theatre productions and also acted in television plays for several independent production houses.

Saife Hasan initiated his career in the performing arts with the theatre group, Tehrik e Niswan in 1997 and is a well known actor for both stage and television. He has also received recognition for his work as a television director for plays and tele-films primarily for production houses like Hum Television and TV One.

Asma Mundrawala is a visual artist and theatre practitioner and has been associated with art education. Like her colleagues, Asma has also been associated with Tehrik e Niswan since 1997 and has directed a stage play for the theatre group in 2008.

Date: Friday, 25th March, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Readings and Conversation with Sorayya Khan

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Tuesday, 22nd March 2011 | 7:00 pm

Sorayya KhanJoin us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Sorayya Khan, the author of Five Queen’s Road

Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels Five Queen’s Road and Noor. Her work has appeared in several literary quarterlies and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and the winner of a Malahat Review Novella prize. She lives in New York where she is completing her third novel, The Yellow School Bus and the Land of the Pure.

Five Queen’s Road is a novel that weaves together family saga, memoir, and national history. The house, Five Queen’s Road, initially built by an Englishman in Lahore, Pakistan, is shared between a Hindu landlord, a Muslim tenant and his family, and eventually, a foreign daughter-in-law who joins them. Irene, a Dutch woman scarred by war-stricken Maastricht and Amsterdam, becomes part of the family and all slowly discover that they share more than imagined. The novel is about memory and family and surviving tragedies like the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent and World War II in Europe.

Five Queen’s Road will be available at T2F’s bookshop and Sorayya Khan will sign copies of her book after the reading.

Date: Tuesday, 22nd March, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Science Ka Adda: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Friday, 18th March 2011 | 7:00 pm

What will be the impact on society, as we know it, if we detect a clear signal from an ET civilization? Join us at a Science Ka Adda session featuring Salman Hameed to find out …

Planets, planets everywhere … Just fifteen years ago, humans had confirmed detections of planets only in our solar system. Today, the number of candidate planets is pushing over fifteen hundred – with some located in the ‘habitable zone’. However, so far, there has been no confirmed detection of a signal from an extraterrestrial intelligence. What if we detect an unambiguous signal from an alien intelligence? What will be its impact on society, culture, and religion? While we may not be able to say much about alien sociology, we can certainly take a stab at guessing the reaction of our fellow human beings.

About Salman Hameed

Salman HameedSalman Hameed is an astronomer and Assistant Professor of Integrated Science & Humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts. His doctoral work focused on star formation in spiral galaxies. However, for the past several years, he has been working on topics related to science and religion. His primary research interest focuses on understanding the rise of creationism in the Muslim world and how educated Muslims negotiate modern science with their religion. He is fascinated by the diversity of ways in which belief manifests itself amongst humans, and the varieties of science and religion interactions. In particular, he is fascinated with new-religious movements (NRM) related to belief in extraterrestrials. He teaches a class called “Aliens: Close Encounters of a Multidisciplinary Kind”, which integrates astronomy, psychology, history and religion. Salman also runs IRTIQA, a science and religion blog with an emphasis on scientific debates taking place in the Muslim world.

Date: Friday, 18th March, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


WikiRebels: A Documentary and Discussion about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and International Relations

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Thursday, 10th March 2011 | 7:00 pm

Julian Assange WikiRebels tracks the early years of Julian Assange, describing his hacking days and trouble with the law. The documentary, which followed WikiLeaks personnel for six months, also includes footage from rarely-seen presentations by Assange and fellow WikiLeaks members at various technology and journalism conferences.

Viewers will be treated to a rare glimpse of WikiLeaks’ back end – the ISP hosting the website discusses why they aligned themselves with the website known to leak classified documents to media across the world. The film also illustrates the tension within WikiLeaks, due to some members arguing with Assange’s decision to release many documents at once. Some former members of WikiLeaks are interviewed on air for the first time.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion, led by Bisma Shahid Loan, on the changing face of International Relations in a post-WikiLeaks world.

Date: Thursday, 10th March, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Readings and Conversation with Bina Shah

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Sunday, 6th March 2011 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Bina Shah, the author of Slum Child

Bina ShahBina Shah is a Pakistani journalist and writer, living in Karachi.

Harvard and Wellesley-educated, she is the author of six novels and collections of short stories. Her novel Slum Child sold over 20,000 copies in Italy and was published by Tranquebar Press in October 2010. Her most recent novel, A Season For Martyrs, won the Il Mondo Di Bambini International Prize in Italy last summer.

Date: Sunday, 6th March, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.