Join The Second Floor (T2F) for the launch of Baat Cheet an alternative media platform for India-Pakistan dialogue, initiated by Tehelka in India and PeaceNiche in Pakistan.
The decades-old conflict between India and Pakistan has created a communication gridlock, steeped in myths and stereotypes, fuelled by hawkish mainstream media on both sides. Baat Cheet aims to provide an alternative platform for engagement led by the citizens of India and Pakistan who believe that peace is possible.
We will share Baat Cheet’s pilot project, Campus Connections, which will be followed by the launch of Love Across Borders – an anthology of short stories, and an introduction to another Baat Cheet initiative, the Skype Dosti Project.
Campus Connections, was a collaborative arts project between the Media and Visual Arts Department at Karachi University and the Convergent Journalism Department at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Approximately 40 students from both countries interacted via Facebook in early 2013, and have produced a series of short films, animations and photographic journals. Students from the two universities will talk about their shared experiences during the project.
Love Across Borders
Love Across Borders is an anthology of short stories about love, relationships and connections across the Indo-Pak border, to be released on Independence Day, midnight, between August 14th and 15th, 2013. The anthology will be published as an ebook and made available for free – as a civic initiative by Indireads, an e-publisher serving the South Asian market. The anthology aims to create positive narratives of love, relationships and connections between ordinary Pakistanis and Indians, to counter the overwhelming body of stories about partition and the subsequent loss and displacement.
Love Across Borders, with a parallel session being held in Delhi, will include a reading of short-stories by two Karachi-based authors, Mamun Adil and Zaffar Junejo, who have contributed to the collection. The readings will be followed by a remote Q&A session with Naheed Hassan, the founder of Indireads.
Date: Wednesday, 14th August, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
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Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.