Archive for March, 2009

Gulshan-e-Iqbal ATM Robbery

You have to “appreciate” the ease with which they performed their “duty”. Found this video of an ATM branch caught on tape.


Bhooli Hui Daastaan


Quiet before the storm?

To what GLORIOUS event do we owe the pleasure of the ABSENCE of electricity problems in the city?  I HOPE this is a sign of what is yet to come.  It’s been wonderful..

Qavvaali Night with Fareed Ayaz

dsc_0002smallT2F brings us an evening of devotional music, “Qavvaali Ka Safar” with Fareed Ayaz and brothers to pay tribute to legendary sufi poets and thinkers, ranging from Hazrat Amir Khusrau to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, on the 28th of March 2009.

Fareed Ayaz and Brothers belong to the 705 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. They are the sons of the legendary Munshi Raziuddin and are internationally acclaimed as being amongst the finest qavvaals of the sub-continent.

The event is part of the T2F- Renaissance Fundraising Series.
  Special thanks to Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad, IVS, Jang Group, Geo Television Network, and Radio 1 FM 91 for their support in making this event possible.

Date: Saturday, 28th March 2009
Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture [Map]
Minimum Donation: Rs. 500

Passes available at T2F and IVS.

Transience by Sadia Salim at KOEL

dsc_0555Koel art Gallery opened it’s doors to an exciting art exhibition by master ceramist Sadia Salim on the 19th of March 2009. 

The show exhibits some intriguing forms in ceramic derived right out of disposable bottles, tin cans or yogurt containers giving a new meaning to the common use items we rarely pay much attention to. Her installation titled “Chaos” a representation of how every element gets attracted and attached in a desire for find peace and a solution to end the chaos but oblivious of the harsh realities and ending up being a part of the chaos it’s self, is an inspiring  work of art. Another one which will instantly grab your attention is Transience, which is again a really interesting installation.

The mugs, bowls, the square plate, bottles and much more all in a display of interesting textures, colors forms and shapes, abstracted, molded, fired in ceramics makes this exhibition an inspirational display of art work.

 The exhibition is to continue till the 30 of March 2009, 11  to 8 pm.

dsc_0517bwKOEL Gallery: 
   F-42/2, block 4, Scheme 5 Clifton , Karachi
Phone: (+92-21) 5831292 and 5364013

Mehdi Hasan & the politics of a bounced check

Mehdi Hassan undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital

Mehdi Hassan undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital

A few weeks back the much acclaimed ghazal singer Mehdi Hasan fell critically ill and was admitted to Agha Khan Hospital for extensive treatment. Many people shared their passion for this gazal maestro to an extent that a few government dignitaries offered financial assistance to the ailing singer.

It is being reported that the President Asif Zardari and the chief minister of Sindh have provided Rs1 million and Rs250,000, respectively, for the treatment, while a cheque for Rs500,000 that was received from the Punjab government after the then chief minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Mr. Hasan at the hospital could not be cashed due to the imposition of the governor’s rule in the province. In the aftermath of these events, the bounced cheque did go through but during the time being Mehdi Hassan’s son was told to meet with the governor of Punjab [Salman Taseer] to ‘sort out the matter

The Shanaakht Festival

The Shanaakht Festival The Citizens Archive of Pakistan brings to you The Shanaakht festival a chance to rediscover your identity. This five day event will run from the 8th to 12th of April 2009 at the Arts Council Karachi. The theme this year is early Pakistan.

Shanaakht caters to all youngsters from every part of society. To find out the past, present and future of Pakistan, there are an exciting range of exhibits- films, documentaries, talk shows, art and photography exhibitions, theatre, concerts and lots more!

Join us to celebrate being Pakistani in every way! (more…)

Cost of Living in Karachi ranked #132

Economist - Mar 12th 2009

Economist - Mar 12th 2009

The Economist in its latest issue published a report measuring the cost of living across various cities of the world, Karachi ranks 132 on its list. There are some list / rankings that you wish your city to be graded at a higher level but this is one list that I’d not mind being near the bottom.

Sharp exchange-rate movements since the autumn have affected the relative cost of living in the world’s main cities. The strengthening dollar has pushed American cities up in the rankings compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist. Chicago now shares the ranking as the world’s 23rd most expensive city, up from 39th place in September 2008. Meanwhile, the plunging pound means that, for the first time since 2002, London is cheaper than New York. Asia is home both to the cheapest city in the survey, Karachi, as well as the priciest, Tokyo, which has grabbed the top spot from Oslo on the back of a stronger yen. Living in Tokyo is 52% more expensive than living in New York.

Happy to be a Karachitte ;)

Silver Jubilee of MQM

On my way back from office tonight I saw man who was trying to install MQM flag on a signal near mobile market the first thing that came to my mind was is there new political game started. Near hasan square when I found that Civic center is decorated with red,green and white lights I was surprised. After few hours when I saw bike rally with MQM flags the mystery solved and I found that tonight is sliver jubilee of MQM. I am not a party supporter but I decided to visit Markaz (90) to take some photographs.

Home grown booze

Ever since the first coming of BB in Pakistan the doors to liberalism were thrown wide open and out came a whole lot of demons to our generally conservative society. Among them was the easy availabilty of home distelled liquor or moonshine which is brewed in shuttered garages and small back yard distilleries all across Karachi.

The current Minister of excise and taxation has started to address this problem by raiding several spots in this city where such liquor is openly bought and sold.

The sad part is that these raids are only being conducted for the benefit of the many “red and blue” colored government license shops operating across the city selling official liquor. The question thus is of taxes unpaid on the sale of homegrown liquor and not that this ill is spreading in our society without check.

Even putting aside the religious castration that drinking alcohol is attributed to, drinking home grown liquor can lead to blindness, fits as well as other side effects because the manufactiring is more of a bhatti kind then proper processing. As a city we need to recognize the wide sale of both imported and home grown liquor here and regularize the process rather than letting it operate on a bootleg basis. I regularly see kids and women lining up at a liquor shop near my workplace on the way back, and it chills my heart that people are being sold alcohol without check of age or any other verification.

The sooner we realize that this problem now exists in our society on a wide scale basis the faster we can engage it and try to address it. I appeal to our newly appointed Chief Justice to after coming into office take suo motto action on the unchecked sale of alcohol in Karachi and bring it out in the open.

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