Archive for December, 2012

Mumbai Meri Jaan: In Conversation with Gyan Prakash

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Sunday, 30th December 2012 | 7:00 pm

Gyan Prakash joins Kamran Asdar for an evening of sprawling conversation about Mumbai Fables, history, politics, literature, and cinema.

About Mumbai Fables

Mumbai FablesA place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. It is not just a big city but also a soaring vision of modern urban life. Millions from India and beyond, of different ethnicities, languages, and religions, have washed up on its shores, bringing with them their desires and ambitions.

Mumbai Fables explores the mythic inner life of this legendary city as seen by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artists, filmmakers, and political activists. In this remarkable cultural history of one of the world’s most important urban centers, Gyan Prakash unearths the stories behind its fabulous history, viewing Mumbai through its turning points and kaleidoscopic ideas, comic book heroes, and famous scandals – the history behind Mumbai’s stories of opportunity and oppression, of fabulous wealth and grinding poverty, of cosmopolitan desires and nativist energies. Shedding light on the city’s past and present, Mumbai Fables offers an unparalleled look at an extraordinary metropolis.

About Gyan Prakash

Gyan PrakashEducated in India and the United States, Gyan Prakash specializes in the history of modern India. He is a Professor of History at Princeton University and his research and teaching interests cover urban modernity, the colonial genealogies of modernity, and problems of postcolonial thought and politics. He advises on modern South Asian history, comparative colonialism and postcolonial theory, urban history, global history, and the history of science.

Gyan is the author of Bonded Histories and Another Reason: Science and the Imagination of Modern India and co-author of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart. His book Mumbai Fables, an edited volume, Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City, and a co-edited volume, Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility were published in Fall 2010.

Date: Sunday, 30th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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[Science Ka Adda] A Voyage Into Eternity: A Talk by Faisal Ahmad

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Friday, 28th December 2012 | 7:00 pm

In 1977, humanity embarked on a voyage that took many hundreds, even perhaps thousands of years to prepare for. Although no human physically set out, two voyager spacecrafts were selected and shaped to serve as our eyes and ambassadors in the cosmos. Today, these two spacecrafts are the farthest man-made objects, in fact they are so far away that it takes 16 hours for us to send a message to them at the speed of light. After millions of years of being confined to a small rock, life has finally stepped outside and started to explore its neighbourhood.

Faisal AhmadJoin us at T2F for a Science ka Adda session as Faisal Ahmad tells the story of the Voyager’s interstellar endeavor. We will chat about science, the technology behind the spacecrafts, and about our dreams for the future.

About Faisal R. Ahmad

Faisal was born on the Ides of March in the year of the horse. When he was ten years old, he realized that he wanted to unlock the mysteries of the cosmos and dreamt of studying physics. Through a rather convoluted path, he discovered the joys of tinkering and his attention turned towards experimental physics. In graduate school, Faisal’s research meandered through the worlds of quantum teleportation, ultrashort light pulses and devices that emitted light despite the fact that they were no bigger than bacteria. These days, Faisal is trying to figure out how to harness energy from our largest nuclear power station – the sun.

Date: Friday, 28th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Coffee & Allah, Fleeting Beauty, Clean Linen: 3 Short Films and Conversation with Shuchi Kothari

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Wednesday, 26th December 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for 3 short films and conversation with screenwriter, Shuchi Kothari.

Coffee & Allah
Coffee & Allah is a film about a young Muslim woman’s appetite for coffee, Islam, and a good game of badminton.
14 minutes

Fleeting Beauty
In the pale, diffused light of an overcast afternoon, an Indian woman traces the spice routes of antiquity on her lover’s back. She tells her story not with ‘objective’ facts and figures, but with the scent of cinnamon, the golden stain of turmeric, and the heat of red chilli.
7 minutes

Clean Linen
While mum and dad work, Raj and his sister Renu stay home during the summer holidays and attend to household chores. But they manage to transform these mundane tasks into fun and amusement, especially after they discover their father’s secret stash of adult videos.
7 minutes

About Shuchi Kothari

Shuchi KothariShuchi Kothari is a screenwriter, producer and academic. She writes screenplays for the film industries in New Zealand, USA, and India. She did her Masters and later PhD in Film, Television and Media from the University of Texas at Austin. After completing her doctorate, Shuchi came to New Zealand and joined the Department of Film, Television, and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. She is currently Senior Lecturer at the University. In 1999, she co-founded Nomadz Unlimited, a production company dedicated to fostering provocative projects.

Shuchi’s first feature screenplay Portside Out, won her the James Michener Postgraduate Fellowship in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. In Texas she was also commissioned to write Paperweight, an adaptation of Bert Kruger Smith’s novel, An Odyssey of Grief, and later, Naked Rain, for Wadia Movietone, New York and Mumbai. Her films have won accolades at various film festivals across the globe. Six Dollar Fifty Man was awarded a special distinction at Cannes Film Festival. Her full legnth feature film Apron Strings was awarded the Bright Ideas Grant from the New Zealand Film Commission and Special Selection at Cannes Film Festival. She wrote the script of Firaaq, a Nandita Das film, which won the Best Film Award (Critics’ Choice) at the Star Screen Awards in India. Firaaq was nominated in the Best Story category by the Star Screen Awards. The film was also nominated for Best Screenplay by the 52nd Annual Filmfare Awards, India.

Date: Wednesday, 26th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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The HEC Controversy: Separating Fact and Fiction — A Talk by Pervez Hoodbhoy

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Friday, 21st December 2012 | 7:00 pm

Following the dismissal of the Higher Education Commission’s executive director, a fierce controversy is currently raging in the media about the future of higher education in Pakistan. What are the facts? Did the HEC actually succeed in improving our universities? How is “improvement” to be measured?

Join us at T2F for a talk by Pervez Hoodbhoy as he discusses critical issues about the state of higher education in Pakistan.

Pervez HoodbhoyPervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is professor of nuclear and high energy physics, and teaches at the School of Science and Engineering (LUMS, Lahore) as well as at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. He was visiting professor at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland. In 2010, Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.

Over a period of 25 years, Dr. Hoodbhoy created and anchored a series of television programs that dissected the problems of Pakistan’s education system, and two other series that aimed at bringing scientific concepts to ordinary members of the public. He is the author of “Islam and Science – Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality”, now in 8 languages. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. Also in 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists.

Date: Friday, 21st December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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An Evening of Indie Folk Music Featuring Natasha Ejaz

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Wednesday, 19th December 2012 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an acoustic performance of indie folk music featuring originals and covers by Natasha Ejaz.

Natasha Ejaz is a rising Pakistani musician who writes and sings an eclectic blend of indie folk songs. She is a featured musician on Ufone’s Uth Records, a music reality television show and is the new voice of the ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ tourism campaign. Natasha also performed with the lead vocalist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and is rapidly gaining international acclaim.

Natasha Ejaz

Date: Wednesday, 19th December, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Blues Had a Baby Called Rock n Roll: E Sharp and Spoonful Live at T2F

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Saturday, 15th December 2012 | 7:30 pm

Taste the thunder of the 70s as E Sharp features the talented Meaner on guitars and Faraz Nadeem on bass. Spoonful is back with their original line up featuring Hamad Khan on vocals and guitars. Both bands have been working in the studio and belting out a lot of original stuff, so expect them to share some exciting, new songs.

With E Sharp and Spoonful in the house, it’s a given that the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and a range of classic rock bands will be covered – with long guitar solos, a few screams, and a lot of dancing.

E Sharp is Ahmed Zawar, Anwaar Ahmed and Qumber Kazmi. Spoonful is Hamad Khan, Jasir Abro, Ali Haider Habib, Abdul Aziz Kazi and Nadir Siddiqui.

Blues Had a Baby Called Rock n Roll

Date: Saturday, 15th December, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 250
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Meet the Author: Readings and Conversation with Aamer Hussein

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Tuesday, 11th December 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Aamer Hussein. The author will read from his fiction, discuss his work, and his contributions to the new issue of the literary journal, Duniyazad. The conversation will be moderated by Fahmida Riaz and Fatima Hassan.

Aamer HussainAamer Hussein was born in Karachi, where he lived until 1968. He moved to London, aged fifteen, in 1970. He graduated with a degree in Persian, Urdu and History from SOAS in 1980. Aamer’s stories began to appear in journals and anthologies in the late eighties. His first collection, Mirror to the Sun (1993), was published to acclaim from fellow writers such as Hanan Al-Shaykh, Amit Chaudhuri and Shena Mackay, and he was awarded a writing grant for his second book from the Society of Authors in 1994.

Aamer has since written several critically acclaimed works: three collections of stories, This Other Salt, Turquoise, and Insomnia, a novella, Another Gulmohar Tree (nominated for a Commonwealth regional prize), and a novel, The Cloud Messenger. His stories have been widely anthologised and have appeared in the Critical Quarterly, New Statesman, Granta, Moth, Traffika and others. His fiction has been translated into Italian, French, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese and Urdu among other languages.

In 2004, Aamer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature for his achievement in the genre of the short story. Also a critic, he is Professorial Writing Fellow in the department of English of Southampton University, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of English Studies (London University). He has been on the jury of the Commonwealth Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Impac Prize, and the VS Pritchett Prize for the Short Story.

Aamer is currently completing two collections of stories for publication next year; Maya aur Hans in Urdu and The Man from Beni Mora in English.

Date: Tuesday, 11th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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An Evening of Performance Poetry and Conversation featuring Lemn Sissay

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Saturday, 8th December 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of performance poetry and conversation with UK-based writer, poet, and performer, Lemn Sissay. The conversation will be moderated by author, Bina Shah.

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is a poet and playwright. He is an associate artist at Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest centre for the arts. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 Olympics and his poem ‘Spark Catchers’ is etched onto a transformer at the Olympic site. Lemn is an honorary Doctor of Letters and curated the world’s first Literature Festival of the Sea. His ‘Landmark Poems’ can be spotted throughout Manchester and London, including at the Royal Festival Hall. ‘Gilt of Cain’, a Landmark Poem commissioned by the City of London is located near Fenchurch Street Station and was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in 2006. In 2010, Lemn  travelled to the Arctic with Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall and Lesley Feist, and is featured in Burning Ice, a film of the voyage.

There is only one person named Lemn Sissay in the world and you can find out more about him at http://www.lemnsissay.com

Date: Saturday, 8th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.