Printmaking Season comes to Pakistan!

Well Printmaking has never hit the country as hard as it has this September.

I had seen first hand the vigor with which Romila (Kareem) had been working for the 1st (ever) International Print Biennale, which finally takes place (you should be guessing this by now) in September – 13th September to be more accurate. What no one did expect was that it would work as a catalyst for reviving and putting the spotlight on Printmaking as a whole. Safe to say, Romila has simply done us proud.

1st International Print Biennale

And while the Biennale is to open tonight, already the atmosphere has been created.  Continue reading

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Does work place happiness matters?

                                I guess that’s not the case for me!

I have been told by a lot of friends lately that you are not suppose to be happy at work. It is just work and you are to suck it up and show up every single day and just pass your time, as you feel your soul dying away slowly!  Continue reading

How the Social Media Celebrated Mothers Day

With the hype of the elections, Mothers Day almost went unnoticed in Pakistan this year. But if there is one thing you can count on in this day and age is a constant and persistent reminder of any global event through social media. This year was the same as posts invaded our Facebook walls with people putting up quotes and pictures of their mom’s  Also, the interactive pages made sure they paid tribute to mothers worldwide in their own unique and personal styles. From emotional love-filled messages to sarcastic and witty humour  it truly was a day dedicated to mothers on Social media. I just hope everyone took some time and actually wished their mammas for real!

Here are a few examples of the posts we came across today:

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The Social Media comes to its own in Election 2013!

It has been fascinating to see how the Social Media has been used this time for encouraging people not only to come out and vote, but even in a grander scale as a tool for Citizen Reporting.

Encouragement for voting through brands like Espresso, Ginsoy was made apparent through providing incentives.

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Ginsoy

But what has been even more interesting than this, was the way Entertainment Platforms, like Manhoos Billi, The Rants of a Pakistani Citizen, Comics by Arsalan, just to name a few! Below we present just a few examples.

From Manhoos Billi's FB Page

From Manhoos Billi’s FB Page

From Green Meme's FB Page

From Green Meme’s FB Page

Comics by Arsalan

Comics by Arsalan

The Rant of a Pakistani Citizen

The Rant of a Pakistani Citizen

Kachee Goliyan

Kachee Goliyan

All of this has presented and wrapped a new demographic with the spirit and hype of the Elections, which honestly was seen more on Social Media than on the Streets this time, considering the apparent Security threats that were everywhere!

Social Media is indeed becoming a very powerful force in Pakistan!

No such thing as “Randomness”

I was listening to this TED talk the other day, in which Amy Tan talks about creativity. Now to get the entire jist of the talk, you can all jus thead over here. What I really want to talk about is something that she hit upon in her talk – The subject of Randomness – How her mother believed in everything but Randomness!

Now I have never been very religious, but lately I have come to conclude that everything happens for a reason. I am not talking about karma here, I am talking about the overall scheme of things!

Take for example the KLF – a series of random happenings – Gulzar backs off, then the Indians back off – Random right! But then on the very first day of the event, it rains! No one would have guessed it can rain! And all the sessions that had to be cancelled cause of the rain fit right into – yup you guessed it – in the empty slots where the sessions of the various people from India were to take place.

A more personal and a closer example would be resume (which is something very important an aspect of my life nowadays as I am trying to switch jobs).

One glance at it and you would say, “This one has no idea about what she wants to do with her life”.

But believe it or not, every random act that I did has some how added to my previous job requirements. For example I did my first internship at the age of 14 at Dawn, I learnt to write a copy there, editing, filing, selecting articles by critically analyzing which one will be the best.

I worked as a trainee in a Summer Camp at the age of 16, it helped me to know more about kids and what they  like, how to handle them, what ticks them educational excercises wise (is that a word).

I worked for HUM TV as a Lineup Producer, and boy did that come handy when I worked as a Curator in OUP and was handling the Oral History Documentary lineup.

I studied Architecture and although I never completed it, I learnt the skills of research, writing, designing, etc there. And again that helped in a big way in my life and especially as a Museum Curator.

So therefore two days ago when this guy interviewing me for the job asked me, “I see so many different streams of interest in you resume. Which one would you like to focus on?”

I simply had only one reply, “They are not different streams. They all come together to help me and be good at my job.”

What does it mean to be a Liberal?

What does it mean to be Liberal? This question has been bugging me for a while now! Does it mean that you are pro-choice for everyone or you are just redrawing the line to when you can – at max – make those choices?
There is another dilemma; I am not sure how it connects to this, but let me spell it out here! If you do something in hiding, it is wrong – the very way in which that act is conducted means that it was something taboo, thus the hiding! Fair enough!
But apparently, things which are not wrong – from a normal, rational, liberal point of view – but are viewed wrong by the assholes that are the conservatives are also wrong and should not be acted upon in public!
So then where does it leave the space for the liberal person? Where is the space to do what you think is right and has no harm in it?
What is so wrong in going for a walk with a friend in a park?
What is so wrong in having lunch with a guy?
What is so wrong in trying to live an independent life?
What is so wrong with realizing that you don’t have the marriage gene?
What is so wrong for doing what you think is right?