“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 ...

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 mili...

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 ...

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/879410858842706/ Following is from Liberty Book’s blog about what to look forward to at the Spring Fair! 1. Discounted books – lots...

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 (...

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 y...

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...

Ahmed Rashid on “Apparatus of Jihad: The State of Play”
Speaker Session / March 29, 2015

Press Release Ahmed Rashid talks about Apparatus of Jihad: The State of Play Karachi, March 27, 2015: Habib University, a first of its kind Liberal Arts and Sciences university, hosted a talk by Ahmed Rashid on ‘Apparatus of Jihad: The State of Play’ on March 27, 2015. The event was the inaugural event of Habib University’s Dean’s Lecture Series, and took place in the University auditorium. Habib University Dean’s Lecture Series host...

Conversation with Aamer Hussein
Author Meetup / March 24, 2015

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 sever...