TDT Degree Show 2008 – a review

‘Annual Degree Show’ or the ‘Final Year Thesis Display’ by the our textile designers is a widely anticipated and sought after event by most of us at TIP. It holds importance to not only the design graduates, as they flaunt what they have learned in their art school, but also to other students , alumni and faculty who look forward to seeing some exotic, scintillating and eclectic themes exectued immaculately with perfection in form of a variety of products. In my view this year thesis display was a bit of disappointment, the reason for which I will later explain in this review. Starting from the marketing of the event to the variety of products displayed, the level of anticipation by the designers to the techniques employed , the originality of the themes to the execution of the products, there were loopholes which somewhat faded the excellence of TIP Design show 2008.

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A liberal Pakistan

By Ali Shahid Zohaib, TS2A

Can kissing on the mass media between two young (and unmarried) people be justified in our Pakistani society? Of course no, definitely no; the simple and obvious reason is that we are an Islamic nation with religious ideals that forbid acts of affection in public. One more reason is the feudal nature of our society in which women are counted as assets and are usually dealt with an unwritten code of ghairat.

Kissing which considered as a very pure, innocent and sweet expression of love in the west is a taboo to be done in public in Pakistan. In our friends circle we talk with excitement about the sexual liberties in the West. It thrills our souls with adrenaline rushes when we think of western youth having the freedom of expressing love in public. It spices up our gossipy stories of You-Know-Who being caught kissing You-Know-Whom under the library tables. Besides kissing is not always a form of carnal expression of love. We have casual flying muahs by the socialite begums, the Arab style of cheek kissing at diplomatic parties. Some find entertainment in images of celebrities passionately embracing each other in acts of expressions of innocent love. Some also find enjoyment in these items in 3 hour Indian movies with numerous kissing scenes and what not. And who doesn’t feel for the characters at the end of a movie when the hero passionately kisses the heroine?
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Dreaming the TIP Dream

It is not an exaggeration and neither an understatement to say that TIP has one of the best campus structure and facilities amongst educational institutions in Karachi, along with the campuses of AKUH and IVSAA. The lovely lake reminds us of the pool of knowledge, and the landscaped lawn suggests the drape of textiles and a unity of structure in the form of the main academic building. In my opinion, Textile Institute of Pakistan’s campus is one of the finest architectural landmarks of post-partition Pakistan (now thats an exaggeration).
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The “BC” Culture

Sitting in the Eqbal Ahmed Students Center, sheepishly ogling the bachiyan, envying the aggressiveness of the third and fourth years, in the midst of the my-gadgets-are-more-cooler-than-yours, I have issues with only one thing in TIP.

The “BC” culture which has a despotic rule in the TIP campus; everywhere around, in the cafeteria, corridors, hallways, outside the classrooms, one hears the BC words. I wonder why this is so a la mode in our society at TIP.

Slang and vulgarity are a part of our society. These have their roots in the frustrations and desperations of the social problems. How easily these words are uttered by us guys in front of our behnain (maayein and baityian).

Putting myself in a TDT girl’s imitated Prada shoes, I find that it really offenses the delicate sex. I feel like I am a suppressed gender who is looked by the boys with belittlement. I believe that girls are a blessing in our campus and should be respected not be derogated by this “BC” culture of insane slangs. I would also tell you about my observation that the BC slangs are mostly uttered by boys having complexes, or no girlfriends, and in order to feel on top and satisfy their egos, they derogate this wonderful gender with the most tasteless vernacular, which are mostly centered around female anatomy and female relations and they have an insinuation for sexual desires and frustrations.

I argued with some sensible friends of mine who made their point saying that girls at TIP have to be prepared for the real textile mill environment where things such as MC’s and BC’s are commonplace. They say that TIP’s “BC” culture actually gives a platform for our girls get accustomed to these things.

But my argument is that the designers do not really have to work in a mill environment. They usually work in places where people are more educated and sophisticated (my perception) and the ground reality is that 80% of the girls of TIP are in the design department and it is really not right to subject them to this BC-torture.

I know its impossible to stop people from spreading the germs of MCBC’s with lame things as fines and punishments (fines are impractical because then we’ll need audio recorders in vans, cafeteria and corridors for verification of the guilty) but still something can be done. I think it will be a good idea to have a Hyde Park kind of place for female and male students separately where they can talk, rant, abuse, insult anyone and anything. Another suggestion for this is that the girls of TIP start counter abusing the boys with objectionable slangs.

So folks, the least you can do is before venting you MCBC’s is to look around and scan the space so that it is female-free , with the nearest girl at least 25 metres away, only then bark out your very own lovely tasty slangs.