Archive for May, 2012

Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [06]

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Wednesday, 9th 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, 9th 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.


The Balochistan Discussion Series: Reading Material

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

This page is intended to serve as an accompaniment to the Balochistan Series being held at T2F. Before each discussion session, we will post a list of links to literature or videos. Hopefully you will find it useful to browse through these links to find out more about subjects that we may not have enough time to discuss in enough detail during the discussion session.

Session 1: History of the Baloch Nationalist Movement (1920s to 2004)

Photo: Leading Baloch nationalist politicians gather on the balcony of the National Awami Party headquarters in Quetta awaiting the arrival of Khan Wali Khan in the 1970s. (Source)

The first discussion session in our series (on May 18) will focus on the history of Baloch nationalist movement from its beginnings in the 1920s until, but not including, the current insurgency that began around 2004.

Our guests for this session are B.M. Kutty, former political secretary to the Governor of Balochistan, and Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, a columnist and a participant in the 1973-1977 insurgency.

Below are some readings (including one by our guest Mr Talpur) that deal with the subject.

Session 2: Understanding the Current Insurgency

In the second session of the series (on June 28) we explore the causes for the outbreak of the current insurgency in Balochistan, and the changing nature of Baloch nationalism and followers.

Our guests are are former senator Sanaullah Baloch of the Balochistan National Party, and Mir Sohaib Mengal, central committee member of the Baloch Students Organization-Azad.

Readings: