Talk about Basila and the Street Crew – Press Release
Book Launch, Speaker Session / September 17, 2017

Girl Belonging to a Racial Minority Fights Social Ills through Civic Participation in this Comic Book Series Karachi, September 17: Basila, a young girl from the Makrani community of Sindh is an active citizen. From child labor to animal abuse, she is troubled by all social ills of the community. That’s where she rises to the challenge and takes to teach homeless aspiring artists to pursue their passion through painting visual messag...

Art Book Launch: Basila & The Street Crew
Book Launch / August 18, 2017

Karachi, August 17: Basila, a young girl from the Makrani community of Sindh is an active citizen. From child labor to animal abuse, she is troubled by all social ills of the community. That’s where she rises to the challenge and takes to teach homeless aspiring artists to pursue their passion through painting visual messages of love, peace and interfaith harmony on public walls and open spaces. Streets of Karachi are her classrooms ...

Inferno – Review
Fiction / May 14, 2017

Inferno one of Dan Brown’s lesser-known works was recently made into a film starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.  A geneticist’s Betrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) jumps to his death in the opening scene of the film. Consequently returning as Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks  wakes up from a coma unable to remember what happened to him. This momentary “amnesia” is the basis to which a bewitching Jones starring as Dr Sienna Miller lead...

The Last Song – Review
Fiction, Romance / December 19, 2016

This is a guest post by Fizzah Irfan “A story about family, first loves, second chances and the moments in life that lead you back home”. The quote which attracts every reader and one becomes excited to know the core of the story. After reading the quote I got spellbound and could not resist without reading it and it’s a worth reading novel. It is basically a well-structured and organised novel. All the events and incidents are descr...

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7.2/10
Kings or Pawns – Review
Epic Fantasy, Fiction / August 20, 2016

Kings or Pawns is the first novel in The Kings series by J.J. Sherwood. It is an epic fantasy novel that takes the reader to the same world created by Tolkien and spin it a different way. You have some of the same elements known for decades in the fantasy literature, most prominent of them all being the Elves … immortal, beautiful and wise. But that is where the similarities end. I found the title of the book slightly ironic as...

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8.3/10
Fire Boy – Review
Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy / June 5, 2016

There are times when you come across a work of fiction that is authentic to the core and a breath of fresh air. Sami Shah’s ‘Fire Boy’ is one such work which is not only a pleasant surprise but also grounded to the folklore of subcontinent. The novel belongs to High Fantasy category where it explores the life of a young man named Wahid who doesn’t know he is half Djinn. There have been works of fiction that tr...

Paish-e-Lafz sets good precedence for Student-led festivals

On May 7th the students of SZABIST Karachi held an event at T2F as course project. Titled ‘Paish-e-Lafz’, it was organized on the lines of Literature Festival by students who opted Experiential Marketing course for Spring 2016 semester. Starting at midday, the program included four distinct segments that covered a variety of subjects. The first one was “Boys Played Well”, the Cricket segment that included...

Book Launch – The Runaway
Book Launch / March 28, 2016

[Press Release] Umair Naeem released his second book ‘The Runaway’, published by Tara-India Research Press, at a book launch event at Liberty Books Karachi. The launch was moderated by Yusra Askari, a print and broadcast journalist. The Runaway, a drama novel set in Pakistan, is a narrative of four individuals from different walks of life, brought together in their search for hope and redemption in the midst of a whirl...

NaNoWriMo Pakistan Experience
NaNoWriMo / December 12, 2015

I came to know about NaNoWriMo few years ago through social media. The idea of writing a novel of 50k words in a month seemed, at the same time, daunting and exciting. Daunting because taking out time to write an essay of 2000 words is an effort in itself, requiring careful flow of ideas and proper planning of objectives to achieve from the write-up. It was not the case with NaNoWriMo, because writing 50,000 words novel in 30 days ju...

Zindan Comes to Pakistan
Author Meetup / November 27, 2015

Khurram Mehtabdin,  American born Pakistani, spoke to comic enthusiasts on 26th November at The NEST I/O. The seminar was hosted by a youth organization called Metal Seinen and the team worked hard to make sure everything goes smoothly. Khurram, bearing a friendly personality and very likable attitude, introduced himself and his work to the audience. He re-lived his experience of writing the comic called ‘Zindan’, me...