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    Compelling Conversations: Suicide

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    Friday, 30th April 2010 | 7:00 pm

    compellingconversations.gifCompelling Conversations is an open forum to discuss controversial, alternative, radical, and contested ideas. These sessions will be held in a participatory circle and will be largely audience-led. Facilitators will kick off the discussion with a brief opening statement or presentation, after which we will open up the floor. Join us at T2F to debate issues that you’ve been itching to talk about with other people.


    Naadaañ haéñ jo kahtay haéñ keh kyooñ jeetay ho, Ghalib
    Qismat mayñ haé marnay ki tamanna koee din aur

    Every year, about one million people commit suicide, worldwide. While there are no official statistics for Pakistan, the press reports cases of it on an almost daily basis. Many of us have lost friends and colleagues or know of people who have contemplated taking their own life. Yet, in our society especially, suicide is rarely discussed in an open and serious manner. The first session of the Compelling Conversations series aims to begin a dialogue. We do not intend to have a debate ‘for’ or ‘against’ a motion … the aim is to share thoughts on what causes people to contemplate suicide, the different ways in which suicide is viewed by our society, and possible methods for prevention.

    Date: Friday, 30th April, 2010
    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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    Inner Birds, Outer Cages: Freeing Poetry from the Tyranny of Language

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

    Join us at T2F for a spoken word performance by Sascha A. Akhtar

    Saturday, 24th April 2010 | 6:30 pm

    sascha.jpgSascha Aurora Akhtar was born and educated in Pakistan. She earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Bennington College where she studied photography, filmmaking and multimedia installation art. In 2003, she was awarded a fellowship to attend the MFA Creative Writing Programme at UMass, Amherst.

    Sascha’s debut poetry collection, “The Grimoire of Grimalkin” was published by Salt in 2008. She spends her time in London and Pakistan and is the co-producer of the successful “La Langoustine Est Morte” reading series along with Trinidadian poet Anthony Joseph. Her work appears in the Shearsman anthology on UK women’s poetries, “Infinite Difference.” A 2008 article in the Guardian, “The New Beats”, named Akhtar one of the top twelve poets to watch. She also works as a literary reviewer and arts journalist and is the first Pakistani woman writing in English to be published in the Western “avant garde” tradition.

    More about Sascha:

    After Sascha’s performance, the floor will be opened up to poets and writers. 10 minutes each!

    Date: Saturday, 24th April, 2010
    Time: 6:30 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.

    Our Partners

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

    PeaceNiche and T2F are proud to be associated with a range of organizations and companies. Each one has supported our work in one way or another and many have provided gratis services. We thank you all for believing in us :-)


    Free wi-fi at T2F is powered by wi-tribe! They’re the folks with the funky, fuschia colored modems and customer care centers that actually care about customers. They say we are a very cool café to partner with because we gently force people to ‘bring their brains’ to T2F and encourage the dying arts of conversation, reading, and poetry.
    The wi-tribe Website


    TCS is Pakistan’s leading logistics and courier services company. As part of our commitment to the environment, we don’t use much paper … but whenever we do, and need to get a package from Point A to Point B, TCS ships it out for us, at no cost.
    The TCS Website

    Radio 1 FM 91

    Radio 1 FM 91 has been extremely supportive of our work. They play great music so, “shut up and listen!”
    The Radio 1 FM 91 Website


    Homexpress is an ad-based free monthly magazine delivered directly to households. Chock-a-block with special offers and ads for useful products and services, Homexpress is one of our favorite entrepreneurial success stories. We love them even more because they place public service ads for us in every issue.
    The Homexpress Website

    Oxford University Press

    Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
    The OUP Pakistan Website

    Teachers' Resource Centre

    For over two decades, the Teachers’ Resource Centre has been dedicated to improving education in Pakistan. TRC enhances the learning experiences of children by helping change teachers’ perceptions of the learning process.
    The TRC Website

    Scheherzade Press

    Scheherzade is devoted to publishing and the promotion of book culture. Through its publication programme, Scheherzade has published over 100 books in five years and plans to bring out 20 new titles in 2008. These include new writing, especially fiction and poetry, current affairs and women’s issues. Translations from contemporary international writing into Urdu are an important component of Scheherzade’s publication programme and a special effort has been made to publish new translations of works by Rumi, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Orhan Pamuk, Sandor Marai, Naguib Mehfouz, Milan Kundera, and Ghassan Kanfani. Scheherzade also brings out Duniyazad, a quarterly journal of new writing.

    A wide range of Scheherzade’s titles are available at T2F.

    As Pakistan’s savviest and fussiest Mac users, we won’t buy Steve’s shiny toys from just anyone. iTech is our Apple Reseller of choice. Call us when you want to buy a Mac, an iPod, or accessories and we’ll send you to the right people.


    NuktaArt is a biannual publication that places art at its core and offers art critics, art historians and artists a platform to examine, debate and contextualize the many dimensions of this field worldwide. Related disciplines such as architecture, graphic design, performing arts and film are also included in the discourse.
    The NuktaArt Magazine Website

    The Fourth Article

    The Fourth Article is “THE BIG SMALL MAGAZINE”. This is how they describe themselves: None of us are literary geniuses, crazy scientists, freaky bohemians or suicidal artists but happen to know a lot of them. They live in different countries and have formed a worldwide network of change. We wish to
    acknowledge their contribution to society by spreading the word free of charge. The magazine is available, gratis, at T2F.
    The Fourth Article Website


    Tehelka is India’s leading independent weekly news magazine, committed to constructive, crusading journalism. Geared to take a stand, to follow the hard investigative story, Tehelka is fearless – ready to create opinion, and not just remain a passive vehicle of news.
    The Tehelka Website

    In Their Own Voice: Azra Abbas and Anwer Sen Roy

    Sunday, April 18th, 2010

    Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Azra Abbas and Anwer Sen Roy

    Tuesday, 20th April 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Azra Abbas and Anwer Sen Roy are acclaimed poets and fiction writers who were at the forefront of the new movements in Karachi’s literary circles before they moved to London.

    azra_anwar.jpgPoet and fiction writer, Azra Abbas was born in Karachi and did her Masters from Karachi University and taught at a number of colleges. She shot to prominence with her long prose poem, “Neend Ki Musaftain”. Later collections, including “Mez Par Rakhay Haath” and “Main Lineain Khenchti Hoon”, established her unique and unconventional style, often focussing on the mundane and commonplace experiences of life which were not considered the subject of poetry. Azra recorded her impressions of her childhood in the poetic and unusual memoir “Mera Bachpan”. Her short stories, “Raastay Mujhay Bulatay Hain” and a novella “Main or Moosa” have struck an extraordinary note. Her latest book is the collection “Hairat Kay Us Paar” and two of her books have ben translated into English.

    Writer and journalist, Anwer Sen Roy was born in Khairpur Tamay Wali and came to Karachi in his early years. He did his Masters from Karachi University and joined the field of journalism. He established his literary reputation with poems and short stories. His novel “Cheekh” tackled the themes of political repression, torture and servitude and was described as the first FIR against Martial Law by Rasul Bakhsh Palijo. This was followed by a second novel “Zillaton Kay Aseer”. Anwer was associated with several newspapers before joing the BBC in London and has published poems, short stories and translations.

    Date: Tuesday, 20th April, 2010
    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.

    Screening of Food, Inc. and a Discussion on Organic Home Farming

    Sunday, April 18th, 2010

    Thursday, 22nd April 2010 | 6:30 pm

    How much do we know about the food we buy and serve to our families?

    foodinc.jpgIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from consumers with the consent of the government’s regulatory agencies. The nation’s food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of farmers, the safety of workers, and the environment. Alongside the bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, and tomatoes that don’t go bad, there are also new strains of E. coli – the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 people annually. America is riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

    Despite Food, Inc.’s focus on American food manufacture, the film is worth viewing by anyone living in a country where large-scale food production occurs.

    Running Time: 94 minutes

    After the screening, Abbas Raza will talk about his organic home farm, the fruits and vegetables he grows, and what we can do to eat and live healthy.

    This event is being held in collaboration with the Teachers’ Resource Centre as part of a joint commitment to power the Earth Day Movement. On 17th April 2010, the TRC Film Club will be screening “Super Size Me” at their office. Please contact them on (021) 3539-2976 if you’d like to attend.

    Date: Thursday, 22nd April, 2010
    Time: 6:30 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.

    T2F Presents Tabla Classes with Ustad Khurshid Hussain

    Friday, April 16th, 2010

    One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Although Ustad Khurshid Hussain’s blood line is from the Ajrada Gharana, he learned tabla primarily from Ustad Habib Khan who was well versed with all the gharanas’ styles and compositions. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, Farida Khanum, and Sajid Hussain. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.


    Important Notes

    • Classes will be held on Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    • Classes begin on May 2nd 2010
    • Duration: 3 months / 12 classes
    • Cost: Rs. 4,000 per month (payable in advance)
    • Students are welcome to bring their own set of tablas to the classes. If you would like T2F to arrange a set for you, please make an additional, advance payment of Rs. 5,000 and we will get you a brand new, student quality, tabla set
    • Contact Rabeea Arif at to enroll

    Piano Concert featuring Usman Anees

    Monday, April 12th, 2010

    Friday, 16th April 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Join us at T2F for a western classical piano concert featuring the young and talented Usman Anees. Usman will speak for 10 minutes before the concert and will perform for 50 minutes.


    1. Minuet by Claude Debussy
    2. Rondo from Piano Sonata No. 9 by W. A. Mozart
    3. 3rd Movement from the Moonlight Sonata by L .V. Beethoven
    4. Impromptu No. 2 by Franz Schubert
    5. Finale from Swan Lake by P. I. Tchaikovsky
    6. Fantasie Impromptu by Frederic Chopin
    7. Rondo Capriccioso by Felix Mendelssohn
    8. Etude by M. Moskovsky
    9. Finale from the Piano Sonata No. 2 by Usman Anees

    About Usman Anees

    usmananees.jpgUsman Anees started taking piano lessons at the age of 8 from his father. Three years later he was able to sight-read well and prepare concert work independently. He practices 5-6 hours each day and has a repertoire of over 200 classical works ranging from Baroque to Modernism. Usman has also written a dozen compositions, including 2 piano sonatas and a piano concerto. Currently, Usman is experimenting with music composition and is incorporating eastern raags into his work, whilst maintaining the Western technique of harmonies. He is also arranging popular film music into the pianistic idiom. Usman performs in Karachi and Lahore and has even performed at a concert in Berlin.

    Passionate about visual arts since he was a child, Usman has taught himself how to paint and sculpt by studying the works of the grand masters. He is currently working on a series of paintings.

    Date: Friday, 16th April, 2010
    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.

    An Evening with Samina Quraeshi, Author of Sacred Spaces

    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    Join us at T2F for an evening of films, readings, and conversation with Samina Quraeshi, Author of Sacred Spaces

    Monday, 12th April 2010 | 7:00 pm

    saminaquraeshi.jpgSamina Quraeshi is an educator, designer, artist, photographer, and author. Formerly Henry R. Luce Professor in Family and Community at the University of Miami and Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts, she is currently the Gardner Visiting Artist at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Samina has exhibited her artwork internationally and is the author of Legacy of the Indus: A Discovery of Pakistan, Lahore: The City Within, and Legends of the Indus. She has received numerous awards including the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz Medal for Distinguished service in Cultural Preservation and the Arts in Pakistan.

    In her new book, Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus, Samina adds her voice to the long tradition of mystical Islam and illuminates the ways in which sacred spaces act as profound expressions of both faith and culture. Her journey, infused with childhood memories and ancient legends, explores the localized traditions of Sufi practices in the Indus Valley region. Essays by scholars Ali S. Asani and Carl W. Ernst and by Pakistani architect Kamil Khan Mumtaz supplement Quraeshi’s personal journey with discussions of the musical, political, and architectural dimensions of Sufism in South Asia.

    A sought after keynote speaker, Samina has lectured from Alaska to Moscow on the importance of art and culture as a strategic resource for change and learning, on the cultural aspects of Pakistan and on Islam and the role of women.

    Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus will be available at T2F’s bookshop and Samina Quraeshi will sign copies of her book after the discussion.

    Date: Monday, 12th April, 2010
    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.

    Shazia Mirza – Live at T2F

    Monday, April 5th, 2010

    Wednesday, 7th April 2010 | 7:00 pm

    shaziamirza.jpg Shazia Mirza is a very funny award winning British Asian stand up Comedian from Birmingham England.

    Shazia could have married a rich man and lived in a mansion on The Bishops Avenue, with servants, bidets, and horses. But instead she chose to drive up and down the country for as little as ten pounds, staying in dirty lurid bed and breakfasts trying to make people laugh. She thought of giving up, but no Muslim man wants to marry her …

    Find out more about Shazia at

    Date: Wednesday, 7th April, 2010
    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.