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 spoke about the game and its current situation. Names like Shoaib Mohammad and Sikandar Bakht were part of the panel present at the event. The second segment was “A Tale of 3 Cities” where participants from Karachi, Mumbai and Dhaka spoke about culture and history. Joining via internet, Ganapathy Balagopalan from Mumbai and Naveed Mahbub from Dhaka, they joined Madiha Syed for the discussion panel moderated by Mariam Durrani. The third segment was about writing by Desi Writers Lounge. Focusing on an event called NaNoWriMo, where participants write 50,000 words in the month of November, the panelists spoke about writing in groups and how it helps. The panelists included Farheen Zehra, Christie Lauder and Sheba Sultan. The last segment of the event was a movie screening “Ankhon Dekhi” that was directed by Rajat…

Karachi Literature Festival 2015
Literature Festival / February 10, 2015

Karachi Literature Festival 2015 is the sixth festival organized by Oxford University Press. Held at Beach Luxury Hotel, the event has broken all previous records of attendance. About 125,000 people attended the 3-day festival of which the first day was only inauguration. While this fact calls for a celebration, much else is a cause for concern. Once held as the king of literary activities in Pakistan, within two years Karachi Literature Festival lost much of its glitter. The 2013 edition (a detailed review of mine can be read here) currently stands as the best literature festival in terms of quality where big names such as Cameroon Munter and George Galloway spoke at length and journalists such as Declan Walsh freely interacted with the common people. The anticipation for the event was so high, twitter was abuzz with frantic book lovers for two days before the start of the festival and each session was non-stop tweeted by participants, prompting many to progress towards those which were more interesting. The 2013 edition was the liveliest Karachi Literature Festival … And all of that enthusiasm was missing in 2015. The slow decline of 2014 progressed quite rapidly and despite larger initiative like Coke’s Twitter screen…