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...

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...

OUP launches ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ by Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri
Book Launch / September 15, 2015

Press Release Lahore, September 8: Oxford University Press launched Former Foreign Minister Pakistan Mr. Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s much anticipated book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ on Tuesday at a local hotel in Lahore. Over 500 people attended the event including government officials, distinguished literary personalities, professionals from the public and private sector and members of the media. ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ is the fir...

The Top 5 Pakistani Novels That You Must Have in Your Library
Kaymu Pakistan / September 12, 2015

Over the years, many great Pakistani authors have written mesmerizing books which have captured the imaginations of Pakistanis all over the world. There have been a lot of classic Urdu books. Urdu, being the official language of Pakistan, is the preferred language of many authors to take their point across the masses. But in recent times, a lot of great English books have also popped up which have gone on to become absolute classics....

The Spinner’s Tale – Review
Action Thriller, Fiction / July 2, 2015

This review first appeared at Liberty Books. Synopsis Sheikh Ahmed Uzair Sufi is one of the most feared men in Pakistan, a top Jihadi militant, who believes in nothing save his own limitless scope for violence. But no one suspected this future back in 1994, when he was simple old Ausi and leaves school with his cricket mad best friend Eddy to start a new life. While Eddy goes to college in America, Ausi's life takes dangerous and une...

DWL Karachi Meetup June 2015
Book Club Meetup / June 10, 2015

Desi Writers Lounge met on 5th June 2015 for its monthly meetup at Liberty Books. The book under discussion was Bina Shah's "Season of the Martyrs", a recent addition to Pakistani fiction that deals (for the first time) the events of Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan and her subsequent assassination. A couple of new faces joined the meetup as Farheen took the lead to initiate the discussion, briefly talking about the various charac...

Omar Shahid’s Second Book Releasing Soon
Book Launch, Upcoming / June 4, 2015

As promised during Karachi Literature Festival 2014, Omar Shahid Hamid is releasing his new book "The Spinner's Tale" on 19th June 2015. Different from "The Prisoner", the successful take on Karachi's violent politics and terrorism, "The Spinner's Tale" deals with the same problems of violence and terrorism. Omar did not confirm if it was continuation of The Prisoner, with same characters, but he did say it dealt with the same challe...