Archive for January, 2010

Why media is mum on Karachi Killings ?

This time i am writing about a more important issue , one that is very disturbing. Disturbing because it is exposing us as a callous society only busy in their material objectives, unable to think as a group. But my point is not society, mine is even more a serious one. Our media which doesnt let go any opportunity to report president’s fever/cough is mum and silent over Karachi killings. The reporting is more of a formality then any effort to inform the readers/viewers about what is really going on. While daily ummat is the only source doing some job, our TV channels and newspapers, which are also based in Karachi mainly, are happy churning out the “usual stuff”.

karachi_killingsOur media which has done a good job in acting like a surgeon to debate each and every legal/political point is less bothered about these target killings. May be they do not want to take the wrath of the players involved or may be this is not an “attractive package” at the moment. In any case, this is a very very disturbing trend. At one hand it follows the murder of a girl and a Colonel in Punjab like a National Security issue but on other hand it is absolutely mum on the many dozen killings in mini-Pakistan.

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9th Critical Mass Karachi Bike Ride

9th critcal mass bicycleDate: Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
Location: MEET OPP. ESPRESSO COFFEE SHOP ON SHAHBAZ near intersection of SHAHBAZ and HAFIZ
Facebook RSVP : 9th Critical Mass Karachi Bike Ride

Starting from Intersection of SHAHBAZ & HAFIZ, DHA VI, going up SHAHBAZ towards ITTEHAD for a bit, turn left on to COMMERCIAL AVE and crossing BAHRIA, ascend the short hill on 2nd Street up to MOMIN, travel along MOMIN and down the short hill to the Saudi Consulate intersection. From here we proceed briefly on SHAMSHEER, turn left on 9th Street and then right on to MUJAHID and then down the hill at the back of Khadda Market, across SHAHEEN. Turn left on 15th Street and then down the long hill on B5th Street. From here we take 21st Street back to MUJAHID and proceed down it to Seaview and then along BEACH Ave to Village Restaurant. Here we turn left on to ITTEHAD and ride up to HAFIZ and head back to our starting point at SHAHBAZ.

First Part is a little windy and undulating although more downhill than up, the second half is straight and flat.

Since we will be on the streets this time we urge you that all children are accompanied by a riding adult, and that they have helmets on.

Shades of Prey – A Novel Experience

Shades of Prey, a 52-chapter murder mystery set in Karachi, is the culmination of the project, A Novel Experience, which began at Generation’s School, Karachi, in 2005, with the intention of enhancing the writing skills of young people. Its authors are currently at college at a variety of institutions in Karachi, Lahore, and New York. Four of the six authors will be present at the book reading.

“Shades of Prey’s universal appeal lies in its being a gripping page-turner with an intriguing twist in the tale. But Shades of Prey is more than that. The backdrop is recognizably Pakistani. As the action moves across the urban landscape of parks, shopping malls, fun-fairs and suburban communities and enters the workings of newspaper offices, schools, police stations and television channels, it explores the functioning of our society.”

Join them at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with the authors of Pakistan’s first collaborative novel. The novel will be available for purchase at T2F’s Bookshop. If you already have a copy, bring it along and get it signed!

For more information and to view excerpts from the novel, visit www.shadesofprey.com

Date: Saturday, 30th January, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F [New Location]

The World As I See It – Readers Club – 29th Jan

The World as I see it - Alber Einstein

The World as I see it - Alber Einstein

Book The World As I See It
Author Albert Einstein
Facilitator Dr. Viqar Zaman

Description This book presents Einsteins thoughts on life, on the world about him, and on his scientific labors. It provides a key to the understanding of this great man’s personality and his charming, witty and shrewd observations of human behaviour. Einstein believed in humanity, in a peaceful world and the high mission of science. He wrote, in form of articles and letters, on a variety of subjects which include politics, religion, education, pacifism, and the concept of good and evil. In 1955 at the age of 76 Einstein died of ruptured aneurysm of abdominal aorta. On postmortem his brain showed some extraordinary features which was reported in the medical journal Lancet. In short there is a lot to learn from his ideas which I will try to present as briefly as possible. I also intend to spend a few minutes on the conditions present during Hitler’s time which profoundly affected Einstein’s thinking. (By the Facilitator)

Date: Friday, 29th January 2010
Time: 18.00 to 19.30 hours
Venue:
Shah Jehan Auditorium,
SMF Centre,
ST-3, Block – 4, Clifton, Karachi.
(Foundation Public School Bldg., On 26th Street, DHA, Near Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazaar)

Courtesy Weekly Readers Club

YES!+ @ Art of Living

YES!+ (Youth Empowerment Seminar) is an Art of Living Workshop specially designed and power packed for the youth. It is an innovative fun packed life skills training program that empowers the youth with a strong healthy body with high energy levels and a relaxed stress free mind. It expands their horizon, inspiring them to take responsibility for their life and their community. This 30 hour intense program also includes practical sessions that help one combat fatigue, monotony and tension. Attendance at all sessions is essential.

Regular practice of the techniques and knowledge of this course ensures a strong healthy body and a relaxed stress free mind.

24th – 28th Jan 2010 at 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Venue: Base Rock Café,
16- C, 6th Commercial Lane, Phase 6, Ittehad Commercial
DHA Karachi

Course Contribution +Life Time Membership
Rs: 4,000 only!
For students, 50% discount.
Assistance is available, if fee is a challenge.

Contacts for registrations:
Hashaam: 0302-855 2344
Mahesh: 0307-232 7185

Art of Living works for well-being of people and is a not-for-profit organization.

Karachi’s busiest Place

Karachi's busiest Place

The Gizri Flyover…

So after a long hiatus where I was away from the city or generally pulling an ostrich to try to avoid the horrors of living in this city, the warrior inside me suddenly woke up today and I logged on to Metblogs to see what was going on… Surprise of surprises! I am still on the blogroll! So I think I will resume my blogging activity where I left off, in hopes that I will end up doing this city a little better by speaking about things rather then keeping to myself or hiding. So here goes…

Today’s tirade is about the Gizri flyover. This flyover has been under construction since God-knows-when…. actually since over the past two and a half years. In this meantime, CDGK started and finished about a gagillion flyovers all over the city. Whereas, the DHA and the Cantonment board… slowly and steadily… kept hammering away at their only masterpiece – the Gizri flyover.

Since it falls on my daily route, I had been wishing and hoping that it would be opened soon so it could help the bottleneck that is the Punjab-chowrangi to Altamash hospital road, and then lo and behold — it seemed like the flyover had been completed by November. However, only now did the long wait for its final opening started. Maybe the DHA was waiting for some Big Thing to come open it, however that never materialized and we kept on waiting and waiting and waiting.

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Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party Rally

I received an email from KMB reader.

“Please be informed that Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STPP) has planned to organize a rally in Karachi on January 21 giving it the title of”‘Karachi is Sindh”. The masses from all over SINDH & parts of Balochistan are gathering in various parts and The rally would start from Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum and is likely to terminate at Tibet Centre on M A Jinnah Road.

(STPP) Chief Dr Qadir Magsi has claimed that millions of people would participate in the rally, which is most unlikely. The leaders of the party will also deliver their speeches at the end of the rally. Dr Qadir Magsi has warned that if any untoward incident occurs during the party’s rally the present Sindh Government would be responsible for the consequences.

Employees are advised to avoid M.A Jinnah road as chances of any untoward situation cannot be ruled out.”

“The Primordial Dot” by Shireen Kamran

DSC_0213A solo exhibition titled “The Primordial Dot” showing some of the recent work by artist Shireen Kamran opened yesterday at the Canvas Art Gallery, in Karachi.

The work on display is vibrantly colorful with energetic strokes, layers of colors, textures forms and shapes painting an energetic and  joyous world.  Works titled “Carousel” and one (triptych) titled “Zikr” are the ones which I personally enjoyed the most because they have so many layers, forms and colors integrated into them, of hope, simple joys, bringing mental peace through all the chaos that life offers. The work “Safar” a set of six pieces too a personal favorite paints the different experiences one learns through in a journey, of life or of discovering the great depths in it.

The artists say “My recent works focuses on my overriding interest with abstractions, occasional hints of imagery, tracing my continued interest in the mystical. Despite my ostensibly conservative Values, these works for me joyously liberating, capturing luminosities, hybrid animal Forms, limbs receding into arches leading into the higher state, the Unknown.(more…)

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