Besides giving a presentation at Chandni on September 15, TCF directors
also met people at the residence of Bay Area entrepreneur and businessman
Naveed Sherwani, on Monday, September 16. Here you see (L to R) Ateed Riaz, Nilofer
Saeed, and Mushtaq Chhapra.
In between meeting Urdu Academy folks and attending Sheema Kermani’s
program I was able to briefly attend the TCF (The Citizens Foundation) meeting. Mushtaq Chhapra, a TCF founder-director, was heard
recounting TCF’s journey, its accomplishments, and the future plans.
How long can a mushaira last? For hours and hours, if it is good. Urdu Academy mushaira held on Sunday,
September 15 was really good, attendees tell me. When I reached Chandni, around 7 pm, to attend
Sheema Kermani’s program I found the Urdu Academy key players still hanging
out. Here is a photo featuring (L to R)
Fayyazuddin Saieb, SyedIlyas Ahmed, Khalid
Rana, Basir Kazmi, and Tashie Zaheer.
Last Sunday (September 15) was a very busy day, as several programs—of
interest to the Bay Area residents of Pakistan descent—took place, all on
Urdu Academy’s annual mushaira (12 pm-7 pm), a
presentation by TCF (The Citizen
Foundation), and theater and dance by Sheema Kermani and her troupe (7 pm-
10:30 pm), kept attendees running from one program to another. Chandni Restaurant in Newark appears to have
become the primary choice of Pakistanis for holding social events. Here you see Chandni’s owner Syed Sarwat (on right) with
journalist Abdus Sattar Ghazali.