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 ...

Book Launch – “Equinox”
Book Launch / March 24, 2015

Heena Jadav Sunil signing books Heena Jadav Sunil has launched her revised edition of Equinox on 23rd March 2015 during Y.A.L.E festival held at Alliance Francais. Organized in the library, it was moderately packed as the host introduced Heena and her work. The book launch was preceded by an author talk by Umair Naeem, who penned the novel Drowning Shadows, and stayed back for Heena's book launch. Heena continued from where Umair's q...

TRA Meetup March 2015
Book Club Meetup / March 22, 2015

Photo Courtesy: Munir Hyder Shah The Readers' Avenue (TRA) met on 21st March 2015 at Karachi Youth Support Network (KYSN). It was first meetup at KYSN made possible by support from Sarah Ahmed. The book under discussion was Aitzaz Ahsan's The Indus Saga (Jamhoori Publications Edition). The meetup was attended members of KYSN as well who asked some pointed questions during and towards the end of the session. N.B. Review of The Indus S...

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Broken Triad – Review
Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction / March 20, 2015

Published in 2013, Broken Triad - Storm of Assassins by Mohammed Qasim Mehdi is the latest epic fantasy/sci-fi crossover genre novel in contemporary English. It is probably the first such English novel from Pakistan that was written while the author was an undergraduate student at Lahore University of Management Sciences. Synopsis When Katash the black hooded assassin saves Aeli's life, he decides to make the young boy his apprentice...

Karachi: Ordered Disorder – Review (Part 1)
History, Politics / March 19, 2015

Published in 2014, Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City is a political and historical account by Laurent Gayer as part of his academic research in the field of Political Science. Spanning a period of 12 years, author has extensively traveled and interacted with stakeholders of Karachi city to gather and verify information while discounting rumors, busting myths and ignoring propaganda along the way to finalize this...

Book Launch – “The Room in the Mausoleum”
Book Launch / March 18, 2015

Book launchPhoto Courtesy: Sheba Sultan Sheba Sultan and Rabeya Ali Faridi launched their book "The Room in the Mausoleum" at Karachi Arts Council on 17th March 2015. A collection of 7 short stories, the two authors have shared life experiences from diverse point of views. The launch was attended by around 100 people and an esteemed panel of speakers was lined up for the occasion. Heena Jadav Sunil, author of Equinox trilogy, was the...

DWL Karachi Meetup March 2015
Book Club Meetup / March 14, 2015

DWL MeetupPhoto Credit: Batool Curmally Karachi chapter of Desi Writers Lounge met at Liberty Books BBQ Tonight outlet on Friday, 13th March, to discuss Laurent Gayer's book Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City. With nearly a dozen people in attendance, it was a lively discussion on Karachi city for primarily two reasons: 1) Desi Writers Lounge had organized a public talk about the book with the author himself...

“A Season For Martyrs” Now Available on Audible
Audio Book, Book Launch / March 13, 2015

Bina Shah has launched the audio book of her latest novel A Season For Martyrs. Narrated by Pakistan's well known comedian Saad Haroon, the story follows a character Ali Sikandar during the final months of the slain former Prime Minister, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Published at Audible, following is the excerpt/publisher's summary of the novel:   A harrowing account of the last three months of Benazir Bhutto's life. October 2007. P...

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 cha...

Book Launch – “Magic Within” by Manal Shakir
Book Launch / February 28, 2015

Manal Shakir with her debut novel "Magic Within" Liberty Books today hosted book launch of Manal Shakir's debut novel, Magic Within. The event was planned out in the traditional manner with space for about 50 audience members and a moderator to set the direction for the launch. Farheen Zehra, Karachi representative of Desi Writers Lounge, played the role of moderator for the launch. The event started at 6:15 pm and after introduction...