Welcome to T2F 2.0, says Sabeen Mahmud

December 23, 2009 at 7:39 am 12 comments

If you liked T2F 1.0, you will simply fall in love with T2F 2.0. I was in a plane between Hong Kong and Karachi when the first tour of the new T2F was conducted on December 21 but not to worry. I made up for it by making Sabeen Mahmud, the Director of T2F, and Zaheer Kidvai, an active T2F Board Member, give me a personal tour of the place. And I loved it!

It has a lot more space than T2F 1.0 did and yet it has not lost its original charm. The ground floor is the Exhibition and Events area – spacious yet welcoming.

Then there are the books – one shelf that is dedicated to books from Liberty Books and another for Urdu books. There are T2F mugs for sale too for those who really must take T2F home with them.🙂

There is a Pedro Myers exhibition on at the moment and that has added a lot of ambience to an already warm and lovely atmosphere.

I can definitely foresee holding a lot of TakeBacktheTech and Startup Insiders sessions in this new space. So much better than holding them in a hotel.

Coffee and snacks are available downstairs but say there is an event going on and you are not really interested in participating but would like to hold a private meeting, well just go upstairs (yes there is an upstairs too – and it is absolutely charming. My photos really don’t do justice to the place. You have to see it to believe it.

First there is the lovely new mural that Shoaib and Zeerak have painted on one wall. The colours are just amazing.

As you can see there is plenty of room to work or just have coffee and a conversation.🙂 Light music and free wifi make it a great place for such activities.

There are some of us who get very special treatment of course – like being served espresso with a smile by the bubbly Mariam Bilgrami. She is the most pleasant person I have met in a long time.

For those who loved the old mural, there is a small replica to bring back the memories of T2F 1.0. And it certainly fits in well with the new decor.

There is a conference room that has a table the likes of which you wouldn’t believe. It is a real original. I am mentally beating myself for not having taken a picture of it yesterday.

There is a space for five entrepreneurs who are just starting up – a table each, with a couple of drawers and a cabinet. Already heavily in demand, I expect the five spots will be taken up before you know it.

There is a balcony area for those who just have to smoke. At least that means the rest of us don’t have to worry about passive smoke which is something that worries me about being in restaurants and coffee shops where this ‘no-smoking indoors’ rule is not implemented.

Oh yes and don’t miss the Jim Morrison wall in the washroom – it will definitely make you smile.

Come on, haven’t I tempted you enough? You just have to go see the place … and revisit it as often as you can. There are bound to be events every week but even when there aren’t, it is a wonderful place to meet a friend or business contact over a cup of coffee.

Congratulations Sabeen on finally get it off the ground after more than 8 months and numerous challenges. It was worth the wait! Good luck to you and the team at T2F.

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  • 2. Rakesh  |  December 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I like it.🙂

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  • 3. Fariha Akhtar  |  December 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

    This place is simply BEAUTIFUL MashAllah. Well done Sabeen and the T2F team!🙂

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  • 4. Munir  |  December 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Looks Beautiful! I must visit T2F 2.0 very soon!

    Great post JA and heartiest congrats to Sabeen and her team!

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  • 5. Talha Izhar  |  December 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Lovely place..🙂

    Couldnt go yesterday coz of an appointment with the doc..Will be visiting soon with friends..

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  • 6. Khurram Iqbal  |  December 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Mind blowing. Masha’Allah

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  • 7. Syed Sumair Zafar  |  December 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    wow seems nice place to hangout

    better then t2f 1.0

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  • 9. aMmAr  |  December 24, 2009 at 12:32 am

    here is actually a wall dedicated to TheLizardKing at t2f which says ‘Jim Morrison is not dead’ coolness!🙂

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  • 10. Faisal kapadia  |  December 24, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay is it opne in moharram if it is then all of us shud just camp out in it🙂

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  • 11. Ziad Asim  |  December 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks! JA for a complete and very tempting virtual tour; I cannot wait to be there will surely visit mid Jan 2010 on my forthcoming visit…. Love you for super updates I get from you BLOG…

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