Basement Cafe Jam, Thursday 10th January

The event that was originally planned for a few weeks ago, will be taking place at the Basement Cafe (4th Comm Lane, Zamzama) on the 10th of January. While those who still grieve over what tumultuous roads we seem to be treading down, perhaps an informal evening with like-minded people might bring might some light on the way forward, or at least a slight pause in the madness unleashing around us.

Go there – it should be fun!

31 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

    stay away from the place,

    1st of Muharram is expected on Thursday / Friday and this time flexing of muscle is expected,

    basements are dangerous !

  2. Balma (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

    I am just curious why they don’t organize such programs in better parts of the city?

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    because lonly souls of Defence and Clifton who live in their own fantasy world are more interested in such stuff than middle class people who are worried more in paying credit card bill or installment of car or buyin some ready made food for their kids due to shortage of gas?

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm


  5. Balma (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

    Ed O’reilly, what kind of comment was that?

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

    a wall to divide the Karachi is under serious discussion / consideration by “wanna-be” aliens of Karachi., atleast one is approved for the almost ready project near Golf Club, and the new Island development access will be for previliged ones only

    WALL – Just like the one in Gaza and the one which WAS in Germany.

    :) Balma are you baptised to adulthood, am missing your youth !

  7. silver (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    Can we kill politicans there?

  8. Huzefa L (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

    Why does this event have to be at the start of muharram!

    I hope it is low key and the music and celebration stays inside the basement. Insensitivity to others is just what we don’t need in the city.

    If this were held out doors, it would be like a soyem and danceparty being held next to each other. Now that’s just not acceptable.

  9. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

    @silver: no politicians allowed ;)

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

    we don’t have walls, we have fragile flyovers and underpasses.

    @If THAT wall is being built by “local” authorities than most prolly it will get collapsed in few months after completition. Maybe during construction? *shrug*

  11. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:02 am

    @ Ad NAN Sid
    Kabhi tou achii baat kiyaa karo? Chootta Moun aur bari baat.

  12. alam (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:25 am

    >>Why does this event have to be at the start of muharram!

    So the idea is that for a complete month, everyone (even non shias) should keep crying, stay away from movies, functions, parties, etc because the ultra sensitive shia Muslims will be pissed off?

    Give me a break. Let ppl live and do what they want, and u do what u want in ur life…even if it means crying and beating ur chest for 365 days in a year

  13. Balma (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 2:20 am

    Alam Ara,

    Please clarify if you think it is ok for these guys or for others, in the name of milaad etc, to display their emotions on a major street of Karachi? Funny thing is that it is impossible to do such things in Isfahan or Jeddah. But, everyone thinks they can do what ever they want in Pakistan.

  14. ALAM (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:40 am


    Off course not, I want complete ban on streets mailas, mailad, loudspeakers (even on mosque), etc

    Do we have to teach ppl “civil decency” in schools? Can’t educated ppl learn on their own?

  15. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 6:44 am

    Good point Alam

    But who is going to teach “civil decency” to Police, Pathans and Local bhais (uneducated ones)
    They dont even send their women and children to school.
    WOMAN where child learns his/her first lesson of “civil decency”

  16. ALAM (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 7:42 am

    >>> They dont even send their women and children to school.

    Who is “they”??? I have lived in KHI for long with a pathan family in neighbourhood, from tribal areas, who used to send their girls to schools, and then college (but no univ). I am sure the next generations of these girls will see univ too. People learn on their own, no body has to put a pistol on their heads. KHI is too much cosmopolitan to give enough space to ppl from diverese background.

    The milads, matam tamasha, etc r of different nature. Its a show of who is superior. Its like dog barking in a locality to show he is the king there. Thats altogether different from personal ideology. This is dog-eat-dog mentality

  17. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 9:28 am

    @alam im glad that u dont live in karachi now. WE have enough ppl like u here.

    U want ban on all religious activities and want to promote dance wid ur sisters publicly .. wow!!
    WAt a dirty mind u have got. AS dirty as any thing. Cheapster!

    BTW, its raining here this morning and i am waiting for it to stop so that i cud enjoy weather on my way to office.

  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    Do we have to teach ppl “civil decency” in schools?

    Alam who usually badmouths other on online forums talks about civil decency. kia zamana agya hay *shakes head*

  19. w (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 10:27 am
  20. ALAM (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    @iunknown: >>>U want ban on all religious activities and want to promote dance wid ur sisters publicly .. wow!!

    Religous activities r fine within in enclosures…not outside. Public religous activties (like namaz in streets, matam ) r as bad as public nudity

    I dont want to promote dance or night club. But yes, if ur sister(s) want to go out and have fun, I won’t let you stop them :)

  21. Alam (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 10:35 am


    >>Alam who usually badmouths other on online forums talks about civil decency

    learn some english and read my reply again. I am not suggesting teaching any civil decency

  22. thinker (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    this whole idea of mourning for weeks and letting the 80% who don’t want it at all, be a part of it, is so stupid! i must agree that it should be done within walls, not imposing it onto others! but neither do the 80% care for the 20% or vice versa, so is the mentality of the whole nation! way to go!!!

  23. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    @alam : now dont be “khisyaani billi” . All the time u keep yelling abt mixing of genders etc etc. And now when i have said, u have done exactly like an atheist.


  24. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

    Thanks Alam. You didn’t disappoint me at all by showing your decency yet again. Your age might be a big issue that you usually forget what you write about.

    Do we have to teach ppl “civil decency” in schools?

    What i meant aged boy that you don’t sound good while talk about decency. Offcourse your Fluent English was not even helpful to teach you some manners at all. Most prolly you were not taught at all in your childhood days? :-)

    Lack of attention by parents and teachers. *shakes head* *grin*

  25. alam (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:54 pm


    I have told u to stay away from halal chicken…ur stomach is aching

    And u have to increase ur comprehension skills, if not anything else. HTML developers like u usually have some retardation issues, which I hope have nothing to do with the inbreeding in the family history

  26. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    lol ..look who is talking
    We cant compete wid ur mental retardness @alam.
    no one at KMB except @JAyJAY.

  27. Omar Akhtar (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

    Hey everybody, this is just to let you guys know that because Thursday is the 1st of Muharram we have shifted the jam to Wednesday (today). Hope to see you there.

    I also want to add that you KMB commentors are really getting petty over trivial issues. Look if you want to come, then come. If you don’t want to come don’t. I don’t see why everything becomes some sort of stupid class war issue with burgers versus people from Gulshan. Its just a bunch of kids getting together to play music. So lighten up and find something more pertinent to fight about.

  28. balma (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

    Did people see that picture of people fighting outside utility store for food items in Clifton. Abay oyay Omar Akhtar, who told you there are no burgers in Gulshan?

  29. balma (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    The photograph was in Daily Times today, survival of the fittest is the caption. Stay away from Clifton cheap asses.

  30. zafar (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

    good luck guys, i hope it was a good one.

  31. Huzefa L (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 5:08 pm


    Well… keeping it after ashura would mean that moderate shias could also attend. Who’s sensitive and who’s unsensitive is a matter of opinion. There more to muharram than crying and self beating.

    I don’t believe there is anything wrong with public religious activities. If planned properly, they don’t disrupt anyone too much… same goes for any other events.

    Extremes of any kind are against the teachings of Islam (remember? the majority religion of the country) In Islamiat class, that’s one of the few things I remember very very clearly. Miyana rawi.

    Think about this scenario. Your neighbour has just died, his soyem is taking place at his house. You have a wedding function at your house. Will you go ahead with it?

    Please try and be more open minded about things. As citizens of one country, we need to show consideration for each other, its not that hard!

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