Archive for January, 2010

The Colonial Present – Weekly Readers Club Meeting on 22nd Jan @ Shah Jehan Auditorium

Weekly Readers Club in Karachi, is a voluntary, non-profit, informal group committed to the promotion of reading culture in Karachi.

The club has been regularly hosting book discussions every week on one book or another, I was introduced to this club by Mubeen Sirhindi back in October and am guilty of not being able to attend any of their weekly meetings but feel this is a great community service for the people of Karachi. If you are interested in being kept updated of the activities of this club join their mailing list which they update regularly every week and be a part of the group activities. I also will hope and promise to keep KMB readers updated of the latest book review on a regular basis as well – Generally all book lovers are welcome

The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq - Derek Gregory

The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq - Derek Gregory

Book: The Present Colonials: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq
Author: Derek Gregory
Facilitator: Dr. Abu Bkar Shaikh

Description: In this powerful and passionate critique of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq, Derek Gregory traces the long history of British and American involvements in the Middle East. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 activated a series of political and cultural responses that mapped a profoundly colonial perimeter of power. The Colonial Present traces the connections between political, military, and economic power – the grand strategies of geopolitics – and the spatial stories told by the lives of ordinary people. It also shows the intimate connections between events in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq. Packed with empirical detail, and shot through with arresting arguments, The Colonial Present is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand a world riven by a war on terror that is also a war of terror. (Quoted from

Date: Friday, 22th 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)

Yeh Bhi Ek Kahanee Hai

The students of LUMS, NCA, NAPA, Lyceum and SZABIST have combined their efforts to bring you the play “Yeh Bhi Ek Kahanee Hai” on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Arts Council Karachi. The play starts at 6:30pm. This is in Collaboration with “JAAG TAALIB E ILM” a student organization promoting peace. The script is attempt to show the other side of the story i.e. the point of view of the so called ‘terrorists’.

Tickets available NOW at Aghas and Shahbaz Subway at price of Rs. 250.

PS: The director claims this play as “A theater performance the like of which Karachi has never seen” which slightly puts me off but you can give it a try for sure.

Baloch National Alliance Protest



Sindh Police Investigation


Wedding Bells!

Wedding Bells

Photo Credit: Rehan Adil

Eating ‘out’ karachi

Few days ago, I went to an outlet of Nandos in Karachi to try their new offering Espeteda Rustica. I guess it is the best of what they have to offer. I had to eat it so I ordered it though I found it little out of budget. I then tried to calculate how much the whole big meal would have cost the restaurant, obviously much less.

The catch is that the best and most frequent entertainment for Karachites is eating out. Those who can afford to indulge themselves to high-end restaurant pay heaps of moolah without thinking that money can be utilized on better things or maybe for a cause like Karachite blogger Fariha mentioned sometime back. We need to bring in the awareness of civic responsibility, and not as a trend but as a habit. For that we also need better avenues of entertainment where we can have intellectual dinners.

With rate of physical and mental obesity getting at rise, one should start thinking Gluttony as a REAL sin. I have started it to acknowledge this finally or say trying to.

ps: Mom-ka-kahana-is-the-best!

NIC verification for 12 Rs only

Send CNIC number on 7000 using Text msg via your cell phone (Pakistani service provider) and receive the name of CNIC holder.

MQM to sit in opposition if reservations not removed

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has stated that if its reservations regarding security situation in Karachi are not removed, they will cosider sitting in opposition. In a statement issued a while ago MQM said : “ The terrorists of Lyari gang war and other criminal groups have continued to kidnap and kill the innocent activist of the MQM. While some elements of the provincial government are patrioinsing these elements ”  More

Who is responsible for latest Karachi Killings

Karachi_killingsKarachi is once again in headlines for targeted killings and like always we have difficulty in finding the “namaloom afraad” behind. The media which is mainly Karachi based is completely silent on this (for known reasons) and is limited to informing only about deaths. Daily Ummat known for its investigative journalism has posted this story on details of the killings. Currently there are 3 parties in coalition and therefore the political responsibility squarely lies on PPP, MQM and ANP. If current situation is brought under control we may see a repeat of history but it is hoped that some quick meetings will follow to cool down the situation. We want to know readers opinion as to which party is actually responsible for these killings:


Dear Diary – A new art exhibition to look out for

*The following is being posted on behalf of Moiz Kazmi with all credits:

With all these days passing by and this year coming to an end, am getting happier, gay and proud – of myself, this city, its art, the artists and my love. A new gallery opens up at the much ancient Shafi Courts, Poppy Seed, by Indus TV group. The principal curator at Poppy Seed, the excitingly named gallery, is Sumbul Khan.

Sumbul has carefully curated a collection comprising works of Mohsin Shafi, Samar Zia, Ambreen Hameed, Mariam Ahmed, Arif Taha, Sonia Shah, Sausan Saulat, Ammad Tahir, Huma Shah and Emaan Mahmud. The exhibition titled ‘Dear Diary’, is not inspired or curated keeping Britney Spear’s song of the same name, but these are confessions of the showcased artists.

The launch day started with readings by Sanam Saeed, Momin Zafar, Omar Bilal Akhtar and Zoe Viccaji, who came to the gallery a week prior to the opening day and studied the pieces which were going to be on exhibit. Accordingly, they chose what poems to read which related to the work exhibited. Reading session was a welcome change and added more flavour to the entire showing, also one could relate easily to the work displayed. One could hear pieces read from Faraz Maqsood Hamidi’s book SKIN.

Worth Mentioning Displays:

– Arif Taha’s ‘I see, I record’ is an eye-catching visual presentation of a pencil which hangs from the ceiling with strings on a mirror with wooden stand..
– Sonia Shah’s ‘Self Portrait’ is a girl behind a locked carved door. Her dress is stuck in between the door and one could see her frightened eyes peeking behind the chained wooden door. This is one of the best pieces at display here.
– Sausan Saulat’s ‘Bored on Board’ was a series of paintings showing a young boy playing, thinking and contemplating on the canvases which were pages from a notebook. Sadly this is not for sale.
– Ammad Tahir showcased a series of paintings. His work showed growth of a dancer or most likely how he himself wanted or still desires to be a dancer. The first piece showed shades of the dancer’s past and then how the dancer loses himself in this world amongst all the machinery and finally how he starts dancing in his dreams once he could not fulfill his desires in reality.
– Huma Shah’s ‘The Struggle’ was a beautiful painting of a man struggling to climb a dangerous edgy mountain range.

Poppy Seed gallery is a breath of fresh air in the local art scene. One hopes to see excellently curated exhibitions here keeping in mind Sumbul’s study of history and Islamic art. Dear Diary exhibition is on till 9th January 2010.

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