Archive for May, 2012

Learn Bridge with Tahir Masood

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Bridge with Tahir Masood

Bridge is the most diverting and intelligent card game that the wit of man has so far devised. In fact, when all else fails ‐ sport, love, ambition ‐ bridge remains a solace and an entertainment.”
Somerset Maugham – Writer & Bridge Player

Bridge is an indoor card game played by four players, divided into two teams. Although played with cards, bridge has a minimal element of luck and is purely based on skill. We are excited to announce the second round of bridge classes at T2F with Tahir Masood, one of Pakistan’s top bridge players.

Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Starting Date: 9th June 2012
Course Duration: 4 weeks / 8 classes
Fee: Rs. 15,000
Skill Levels: Beginner and Intermediate
Registration: E-mail rabeea@peaceniche.org to register

Beginners: A beginner will be taught the 3 basics of the game – Bidding, Play, and Defense. After the completion of the course, beginners will be able to play bridge without assistance.

Intermediate: An intermediate player will gain a sharper understanding of the basics and will be able to apply conditional skills while playing to achieve better results.

About the Instructor
Bridge Player, Businessman, Management Trainer

Tahir MasoodTahir Masood is considered to be one of the top bridge players in the country. He has represented Pakistan at many national and international tournaments since he first started playing for Pakistan in 1985. Tahir has the distinction of winning three international tournaments in the same year and since then has continued to win numerous tournaments around the world. Tahir was the youngest Life Master, the highest ranking in Pakistan.


ToffeeTV Presents Kahaani Time featuring Sania Saeed

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Sunday, 27th May 2012 | 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Join the ToffeeTV team for Kahaani Time this Sunday. On the menu this week is an exciting, interactive story presented by Sania Saeed, an Arts & Crafts activity by Talea Zafar, followed by a special children’s cooking lesson with the Crazy Chef! If we have time left, we’ll try and squeeze in a group sing-along session.

Please do not send unaccompanied young children to the venue. This is meant to be a comfortable, enjoyable, interactive family gathering.

Kahaani Time

Visit http://toffeetv.com to view a range of songs and activities.

Date: Sunday, 27th May, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs.50 [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.


Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [08]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Wednesday, 23rd May 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F every Wednesday for interactive sessions on Mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Ghalib Made Easy by @MicroMAFThe poetry of Mirza Ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. Even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.

A modern reader – someone reading Ghalib systematically, perhaps for the first time – may feel justified in thinking that the challenge is even greater today. Thanks to the scholars who continued to decipher and interpret Ghalib’s poetry, we now have at least 19 major interpretations which allow us to understand Ghalib’s poetry and appreciate his poetic imagination.

In each Ghalib Made Easy session, author, novelist and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi will explain two ghazals in simple Urdu. Designed as a conversation, participants are encouraged to discuss and comment on the ghazals being studied.


Ghalib Made Easy sessions will be held every Wednesday at T2F from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. No previous knowledge of Urdu poetry or Ghalib is necessary. Each session is self-contained and participants can join at any time. Copies of Divan-e-Ghalib will be available for purchase at T2F for Rs. 150.


Date: Wednesday, 23rd May, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: 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.


Between Clay and Dust: An Evening with Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Sunday, 20th May 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F this Sunday for the launch of “Between Clay and Dust” by the acclaimed author, Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Between Clay and DustMusharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. On Sunday, May 20th, his new novel Between Clay and Dust published to critical acclaim by David Davidar’s Aleph Book Company, will be launched in Karachi. The event will feature an interactive session with the author and a book reading.

Copies of the book will be available at the event. For more information about the novel, and to read the latest reviews and author interviews, please join the Facebook page for “Between Clay and Dust”.

Farooqi’s second novel, “The Story of a Widow”, (2009) was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2010. His children’s fiction includes the picture book “The Cobbler’s Holiday Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes” (2008), and the collection “The Amazing Moustaches of Mocchhander the Iron Man and Other Stories” (2011). He is the author of the critically acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, “The Adventures of Amir Hamza” (2007), the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, “Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilsm” (2009); Urdu writer Syed Muhammad Ashraf’s novella, “The Beast” (2010), and a selection of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed’s poetry “Rococo and Other Worlds” (2010: Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series).

Musharraf Ali Farooqi can be reached at www.mafarooqi.com and on Twitter @microMAF

Date: Sunday, 20th May, 2012
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.


T2F’s 5th Birthday Mushaerah

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Saturday, 19th May 2012 | 7:00 pm

Dear Friends,

On May 15th, 2012, T2F turns 5 🙂

T2F's 5th Birthday MushaerahOur very first event, on 3rd June 2007, featured a poetry reading by the late Zeeshan Sahil and it turned out to be his last public appearance. We are thrilled to announce that we have decided to celebrate our fifth birthday, and honor Zeeshan’s memory, by hosting a Mushaerah on Saturday, 19th May, featuring Pakistan’s leading Urdu poets.

The poets who will share their works at T2F’s 5th Birthday Mushaerah are:

– Ajmal Siraj
– Anwar Shaoor
– Attiya Dawood
– Iftikhar Arif
– Javaid Saba
– Rasa Chughtai
– Razi Haider
– Sahar Ansari
– Zehra Nigah

Shakil Jafri will be our host for the evening.

The last 5 years have been an incredible journey and we hope you will join us in our celebrations.


IMPORTANT: We will begin on time and request that you arrive by 6:30 pm. Seating is farshi. A few chairs will be available for people who are unable to sit on the floor.


Date: Saturday, 19th May, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 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.


Compelling Conversations: The Balochistan Series (Part 1)

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Friday, 18th May 2012 | 7:00 pm

Thousands of people have been killed and similar numbers have been injured, displaced, arrested or have gone missing due to the conflict in Balochistan. Despite this, the province remains an enigma for most Pakistanis who do not live there. Official history books are riddled with inaccuracies, and the mainstream media rarely covers the conflict with much depth.

The aim of the Balochistan Series at T2F is to encourage open and informal dialogue about the Balochistan conflict, and especially to bring you voices that are generally not heard. Join us in our discussions with academics, activists, and journalists to get a range of views about what is happening in Balochistan.

Session 1: A Brief History of Baloch Nationalism (1920s to 2004)

BalochistanDid you know that from August 11, 1947 until March 1948, Pakistan officially recognized the State of Kalat as an independent sovereign state? Did you know that TV presenter, Najam Sethi and journalist, Ahmed Rashid were among a clandestine group of students from London who joined the guerrilla movement in the mountains of Balochistan in the 1970s?

Part of the problem in any discussion about the Baloch conflict is the lack of awareness or availability of credible information on the history of the movement. In the inaugural session of this series, we will discuss the history of the Baloch nationalist movement from its inception in the 1920s up until 2004 (prior to the start of the current insurgency).

BM Kutty, a political activist from Kerala, made Pakistan his home 60 years ago. He is the general secretary of the Pakistan Peace Coalition and was political secretary to the former governor of Balochistan, Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo.

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur is a columnist for the Daily Times newspaper. He is an advocate for Baloch rights and was among those who joined the guerrilla movement during the 1973-1977 conflict.

Nazish Brohi has been working in the development sector for 14 years in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. She has led research projects and has published on impacts of conflict; women and land politics, on various forms of violence, and on the religious right wing in Pakistan.

With our moderator, Nazish Brohi and the audience, our two guests will have an informal discussion about the rise of Baloch nationalism and the major features of its history.

Anyone interested in doing some reading ahead of the session can find links on our website at: http://www.t2f.biz/balochistan

The next three sessions of the Balochistan Series will focus on:

– Understanding the current insurgency (2004 – present)
– Women in the Balochistan conflict
– The impact of the conflict on non-Baloch citizens in Balochistan

Date: Friday, 18th May, 2012
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.


Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [07]

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Wednesday, 16th May 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F every Wednesday for interactive sessions on Mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Ghalib Made Easy by @MicroMAFThe poetry of Mirza Ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. Even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.

A modern reader – someone reading Ghalib systematically, perhaps for the first time – may feel justified in thinking that the challenge is even greater today. Thanks to the scholars who continued to decipher and interpret Ghalib’s poetry, we now have at least 19 major interpretations which allow us to understand Ghalib’s poetry and appreciate his poetic imagination.

In each Ghalib Made Easy session, author, novelist and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi will explain two ghazals in simple Urdu. Designed as a conversation, participants are encouraged to discuss and comment on the ghazals being studied.


Ghalib Made Easy sessions will be held every Wednesday at T2F from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. No previous knowledge of Urdu poetry or Ghalib is necessary. Each session is self-contained and participants can join at any time. Copies of Divan-e-Ghalib will be available for purchase at T2F for Rs. 150.


Date: Wednesday, 16th May, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Civil Society, Extremism and Democracy: An Evening with Maajid Nawaz and Amin Hashwani

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Sunday, 13th May 2012 | 6:30 pm

Join us at T2F this Sunday for an evening of dialogue with Maajid Nawaz and Amin Hashwani.

Maajid Nawaz will speak about how democratic culture, pluralism and separation of religion and politics are antidote to religious extremism plaguing Pakistani society. He will share his personal story, highlighting how extremist organizations radicalize young Muslims by using a meta-narrative based on a distorted and highly politicized interpretation of Islam.

Amin Hashwani will speak about the role of civil society in our times.


About Maajid Nawaz

Maajid NawazMaajid Nawaz is Co-Founder and Chairman of Quilliam – a globally active think-tank focusing on matters of Integration, Citizenship & Identity, Religious Freedom, Extremism and Immigration – and Founder of Khudi, a Pakistan-based social movement campaigning to entrench democratic culture among the nation’s youth. His work is informed by years spent in his youth as a leadership member of a global Islamist group, and his gradual transformation towards liberal democratic values. Having served four years as an Amnesty International adopted ‘prisoner of conscience’ in Egypt, Maajid is now a leading critic of his former Islamist ideological dogma, while remaining a Muslim. He now encourages inclusive citizenship-based participation of Muslims in the West, while seeking to synergize a respect for human rights with the civic liberal imperative to defend those in danger of being stigmatized by extremists of all stripes due to their personal choices.

Maajid has spoken from various platforms internationally, ranging from universities across Pakistan to addressing the US Senate in Washington DC. He has been profiled by CBS 60 minutes, Larry King Live, BBC Newsnight, has spoken at the TED conference, and is regularly interviewed by prominent journalists across the world.
 
Maajid Nawaz’s autobiographical account of his life story is being published by Random House, London on July 5, 2012. He can be followed and contacted on Twitter: @maajidnawaz

About Amin Hashwani

Amin HashwaniAmin Hashwani is the Co-Chairman of the India-Pakistan CEO’s Business Forum. He runs a number of family businesses with interests in commodities, minerals, properties, and textiles. Passionate about entrepreneurship and peace, he co-founded the Peace Action Network which builds bridges around the world using business networking platforms. Amin is also involved in the Aman Ki Asha movement, which is a peace initiative between the two largest media groups of Pakistan and India. He has lead several delegations abroad, organized international events, moderated international forums, been a guest speaker at seminars in Asia, Europe and the US, and has championed social initiatives within and outside Pakistan. Amin regularly appears on the electronic media on issues ranging from geopolitics, social issues and international trade. He is the recipient of several national and international awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from the US. 

Date: Sunday, 13th May, 2012
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.

Maajid Nawaz


ToffeeTV Presents Kahaani Time

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Sunday, 13th May 2012 | 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Come celebrate Mother’s Day at T2F this Sunday, ToffeeTV style!

Bring your children to T2F this Sunday for Arts & Crafts activities, Storytelling, and a Build-a-Song session as we pay tribute to mothers everywhere. We’ll be asking mothers and children to volunteer for various activities so be prepared to raise your hands! Fathers are most welcome to join in 🙂

The ToffeeTV people are collecting storybooks to give to schools who cannot afford to buy new ones and request each of you to bring along a book, or two (Urdu or English) that you would like to donate. Please contribute!

ToffeeTV at T2F

Please do not send unaccompanied young children to the venue. This is meant to be a comfortable, enjoyable, interactive family gathering.

Date: Sunday, 13th May, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs.50 [Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously]
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Philosophy 101: Environmental Ethics

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Friday, 11th May 2012 | 7:00 pm

This Friday, Philosophy 101 returns with a brand new session on Environmental Ethics.

Is the environment intrinsically valuable? Do we have an ethical obligation to the environment? Is “trendy environmentalism” a mistaken route? Join us at T2F for a philosophical exploration of the value and moral standing of the natural environment, its nonhuman components, and the challenge of environmental ethics.

About Philosophy 101 with Shajia Sarfraz Haroon

What is the nature of the universe? Can we really know anything? Do we have free will? How is the mind related to the body? What is the nature of morality?

Philosophy 101Philosophy 101 is an initiative to discuss life’s questions in the hope of enjoying a stimulating philosophical argument and indulging in some mental gymnastics. It is not an attempt to seek answers to arbitrary questions or explanations of abstract problems, nor is it a promise to figure out “the meaning of life”. Philosophy 101 aims to challenge conventional beliefs through logical discussions about topics inspired by everyday curiosity. In each session, Shajia will introduce a contemporary issue under a relevant philosophical theme in ethics, epistemology, aesthetics or metaphysics. The format of the talks is interactive and informal. No prior knowledge of philosophy is needed and audience members are encouraged to participate.

Shajia Sarfraz Haroon is an independent researcher in ethics and religion. She was recently invited by the University of Cambridge and the International Society of Science and Religion to speak at the Belief in Dialogue Conference at the American University of Sharjah. Shajia is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a double major in Human Biology and Philosophy.

Date: Friday, 11th May, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.