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 in both Persian and Urdu, along with his partner in crime Omar Mirza who also happens to be a super-fan of comics. As the co-creators of this comic they both writers and have been working on Zindan comic for over three years, releasing Issue 0 and Issue 1 in a span of 1.5 years. They will soon be launching Issue 2 which is in final phases. Signed copies of Zindan Comics Both Omar and Khurram were born in America and have lived with a sense of South Asian heritage. As comic fans they devoured their favorite Marvel comics, getting inspirations from X-Men series and eventually discovering each other at medical school. As practicing physicians they still took out time to work on a comic series based on Mughal era, creating characters of Zain…

Conversation with Aamer Hussein
Author Meetup / March 24, 2015

Aamer Hussein reading an excerpt from The Swan’s Wife Aamer Hussein, famed author of short stories in English and (more recently) Urdu, sat down for literary conversation with Desi Writers Lounge at Liberty Books (BBQ Tonight Branch). Starting slightly late due to traffic jams, the event saw moderate attendance as new writers as well as established novelists listened with rapt attention to Aamer as Farheen, Karachi representative of DWL, moderated the session. Aamer Hussein shared several pearls of wisdom as he talked about his skill as multilingual who can read Italian, French, English, Urdu and Persian while devouring English translations of various notable works written in Arabic, Russian, Japanese and many other European and East Asian languages. Taught at an early age to read and write in English and later Persian, Aamer experimented with his writing styles until he published his first work at the age of 32 and picked up French and Italian languages in the meantime, significantly expanding his literary horizon. His more recent work has been in Urdu language where he published quite a few short stories that found their way on paper specifically because he attempted to write them in Urdu … they were stuck with…

Conversation with Laurent Gayer
Author Meetup, Speaker Session / March 2, 2015

Laurent Gayer, author of Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City, came to T2F for a session about Karachi city and its violence. The event was co-hosted by Desi Writers Lounge and T2F and moderator for the session was Sabin Agha, renowned journalist who has covered the difficult years of Karachi and currently works for the BBC. The session started at 7 pm and by then nearly 80% seats were occupied; soon additional chairs were required to for the latecomers. Farheen Zehra, Karachi representative of Desi Writers Lounge, made the introductions and Sabin continued the conversation from there. Most of the discussion centered around the content of the book itself, therefore much of the information can be gained by reading the book. The important points, however, are summed up as follows: – Up until the 1950s and 1960s, Pakistan had a strong student movement. Since Laurent experienced student movement himself in France, he was fascinated to know how they died in Pakistan … so much so that people don’t even know about the history of the leftist student groups that shook up governments and even brought them down on knees at occasions to fulfill demands. A whole chapter…

In Conversation with Author Laurent Gayer
Author Meetup / February 27, 2015

Laurent Gayer, the author of the book Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City, will be in conversation with Sabin Agha at The Second Floor (T2F) on 2nd of March, 2015. The event is being held in collaboration with Desi Writers Lounge. Some details about the event: Desi Writers’ Lounge and T2f cordially invite you to an evening with Laurent Gayer, author of Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City. Laurent Gayer will be in conversation with Sabin Agha about urban violence in South Asia, how it affects the life of multiethnic communities in metro cities and how the new wave of terrorism is changing the nature and scope of urban violence. Laurent Gayer is a research fellow at the Centre national de la recherch√© scientifique (CNRS), currently posted to the Centre d’etudes et de recherch√© internationals (CERI- Sciences Po), Paris. His major publications include Armed Militias of South Asia:Fundamentalists, Maoists and Separatists, and Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation. Sabin Agha is a journalist, documentary film producer and a media trainer. She has been a broadcast journalist for the past 14 years, covering the beats of politics and crime. As a freelance documentary film producer,…