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.
And while the Biennale is to open tonight, already the atmosphere has been created. Continue reading
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:
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.
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 Green Meme’s FB Page
Comics by Arsalan
The Rant of a Pakistani Citizen
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!
I had been looking forward to this evening for a while now and I had planned to enjoy my heart out. But the reality was it that after every few minutes, my brain took me off for a flight.
The show had its moments no doubt, but after a few minutes I felt like I was drifting away. I was realizing that I am at a very long place, or at least in a place that has nothing to do with Pakistan. The jokes, if had been stated anywhere else in the city, would have resulted in a public lynching. But here we were all sitting together in this auditorium, with all these amazing sponsors and amazingly burger kids and with no worry about being possibly attacked by anyone.
I am a liberal person, but at a point, it got to a place where even I thought that okay this is too much. This is going beyond a certain level. I dont know if I am making any sense here, but I think what struck me the most that day was the distinction that each area and each class can bring to what is acceptable and what is not.
Yesterday, a breakthrough happened… an event took place that was truly significant and that hasn’t been achieved before. The two neighbors, India and Pakistan, signed an agreement making the lives of millions of people significantly easier by relaxing the visa restrictions. This is something that people have been fighting and struggling towards for ages and finally we have it.
But is this a story that has actually been celebrated across the nation? The answer is a flat, big “NO”!
The focus is once more on the blunder that PPP has done… with regards to the Local Body Ordinance. Now I am not saying that it should be ignored. I mean focus on it with all the might you want, but that doesn’t mean that we can ignore, a very historical event that has just happened.
It seems like one big controversy against the Present Government and I am appalled!
Politics is a dirty game, and more than that it is a game that requires wit, cunningness and the recognition of the opportunity when it comes in front of you. Imran Khan, right now, is doing the same, however whether that opportunity is worth the risk is another debate. But there is no doubt that his popularity has today risen to a level where if you are not a Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaaf supporter, you are bound to get some serious lashing and ultimately leading to the conclusion, “Oh that means you are a Zardari supporter”, *SIGH* (But more on PPP later).
Image from: chowrangi.com
In its initial days, there was little buzz regarding this party and the supporters that you would find on the streets were few and far between. His charismatic appeal was still his Cancer hospital and the 1992 World Cup victory. But beyond this, there is little in him that can attest to his leadership qualities.
Founded in the year 1996, the man’s leadership capabilities were being judged by the way he led the team in 1992, and as the only victory to his name, there was little or nothing more to attest to his Political Career. The initial members who joined the party were much in awe of this man. But there was another reason as well, or so is my analysis. Continue reading
People, I have had enough! And I say this with complete seriousness! Because this time I really have had enough!
And let me unabbreviate the word KESC for the lucky people out there in the world who have had never had to suffer the wreath of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation – the K.E.S.C!
After suffering for .. let me count.. no .. actually let me restate myself … after enjoying electricity for a mere 4 hours in 24 hours, that too in bits and pieces as KESC played games with us. The games included giving us the hope that we finally have electricity before turning it off again within half an hour – a cruel joke my friends! Continue reading