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 I r...

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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 tried to tackle the fabled...

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 former Cricketers who s...

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', meaning Prison...

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7.9/10
Undying Affinity – Review
Fiction, Romance / October 12, 2015

First published in 2014, Undying Affinity by Sara Naveed is a romantic novel set in Lahore where it explores blossoming relationship between two souls at a university. The love, however, is not between two students but between a young professor and her student. Synopsis Twenty two year old, Zarish Munawwar, has everything in life she could ever ask for; an elite family, a high profile status, a bunch of good friends and a childhood s...

Journey That Could Not Be
General Musings / October 8, 2015

It has been a while and I am certain an explanation is required for the absence of several months. Apart from some of the personal challenges of life, I had taken a new step with regards to my future and that consumed my time and efforts since May of this year. In a shift of profession and direction, after long and careful discussion with close friends and colleagues, I had applied for MA in Creative Writing program at University of ...

Soft launch of Pakistan’s first Citizen Journalism Platform
General Musings / October 8, 2015

Press Release Since a couple of years, we have been hearing about change and how change has eventually hit the alienated planet Pakistan. Yes, Pakistan seems like an alienated planet to which things get time to reach particularly if they are coming all the way from the civilized earth. This may make little sense, but a website is gradually spreading right to free speech awareness to the masses through the country’s first and only Cit...