TRA Meetup May 2015
Book Club Meetup / June 2, 2015

The Readers' Avenue met on 31st May 2015 at Dolmen City Mall food court. This meetup was long due as the April meetup was canceled because of certain reasons. New faces were seen this time as a few members, who only participated at the Facebook group, attended the session and shared their thoughts and ideas. Starting around 12 instead of 11:30 am as planned (coffee and donuts from Munir since it was his birthday), the new members int...

Dr. Raghavan on Indo-Pak Discourse
Speaker Session / May 31, 2015

Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan (Indan High Commissioner) spoke at Habib University on Wednesday, 27th May 2015. The topic of the discussion was "History and Diplomacy: Contextualizing India-Pakistan Relations" it revolved around, not the core differences, but similarities that bond the countries together. A bit about the speaker: Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan is the High Commissioner of India. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982. Prior to appoin...

“The Harvest of Hope” – A Tribute to Sabeen
Literary Events / May 26, 2015

Desi Writers Lounge hosted a resistance poetry session at Alliance Francaise Karachi on Monday, 25th May. Organized in the conference hall, the session started with Farheen Zehra reciting Faiz's poem "Ye Fasl Umeeedon Ki Humdum" and introducing the purpose of this session to the audience. The first performance was by Ali Azfar, with Ali Raza Soomro on guitar, who gave  the audience a history of Urdu resistance poetry. Sharing wo...

Before Time – Review
Fiction, Novella, Romance / May 17, 2015

First published in 2014 (Kindle), Before Time by Xunaira J. is the first book of a new series in tragic romance genre that explores relationship in the cyber world. Exploring mIRC chat software, Xunaira takes us through the lives of two people. Onaiza, a Islamabad-based girl preparing for medical school admission and Asher, a workaholic guy currently outside Pakistan. The book will soon be launched in Pakistan and currently unde...

Author Interview – Khalid Muhammad
Author Interview / May 9, 2015

Marketeer, Analyst, Author and so much more, Khalid Muhammad has penned the most successful spy-thriller English novel from Pakistan. Agency Rules: Never An Easy Day At The Office has been a best seller and its sequel, Scorched Earth, will be launched soon. Digital Saeen caught up with Khalid at his residence and interviewed him about the book and it led to questions about Pakistan's politics and history from political and military p...

Sorraya Khan on “Writing the Wounds of Pakistan: Tales of a Novelist’s Journey”
Speaker Session / April 30, 2015

Sorraya Khan spoke at Habib University's Arzu Center on Wednesday 29th April, 2015. The topic of the discussion was "Writing the Wounds of Pakistan: Tales of a Novelist's Journey" and she was joined by Kamran Asdar Ali and Asif Farrukhi who moderated the session. The talk was about her journey as a novelist and how she tackled difficult topics for three novels she published in the past decade. A bit about the speaker first: Sorraya K...

Liberty Books Holds Spring Fair
Liberty Books / April 28, 2015

Liberty Books Pakistan is currently holding Spring Fair at The Forum where people can find discounts on books of various genres and free events being held for children. The fair started from April 17 and will continue till May 4th. Facebook event for the Spring Fair: Following is from Liberty Book's blog about what to look forward to at the Spring Fair! 1. Discounted books – lots of th...

One Law To Imprison Them All
General Musings / April 11, 2015

How is the picture on the right? Cute, isn't it? Would you share it on Facebook? Twitter? WattsApp? Blog? Under the new Cyber Crime Bill that is about to be presented in Pakistan's parliament, as bad as the SOPA and PIPA acts proposed in US few years ago, you will be jailed for 2 years and/or fined Rs. 1 million (10 lacs) for doing so. Why? Because it can be designated "Vulgar" by those whose faces are added (or if reported to agenci...

Dr. Sarah Waheed on “Banning An ‘Unethical’ Text”
Speaker Session / April 9, 2015

Dr. Sarah Waheed spoke at Habib University's Arzu Center on Wednesday, 8th April 2015. The topic of her lecture was "Banning An 'Unethical' Text: The Politics of Indo-Muslim Respectability in Colonial India" and it focused around a collection of short stories called "Angaaray", a book which is still banned in its original form in both India and Pakistan despite its first publication over 80 years ago. An English translation by Snehal...

Last of the Tasburai – Review
Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction / April 6, 2015

First published in 2014, Last of the Tasburai by Rehan Khan is an epic fantasy novel that combines sword fighting and combat tactics of Samurai with the teachings of Sufi mystics. Tasburai, an order of warriors with near-holy purpose, have now become a tool of oppression under tyrannical regime of Avanist Republic. Synopsis Adan, an apprentice of the legendary Tasburai order, is training hard to become an elite warrior in the service...