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...

In Conversation with Author Laurent Gayer
Author Meetup / February 27, 2015

Laurent Gayer, the author of the book Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City, will be in conversation with Sabin Agha at The Second Floor (T2F) on 2nd of March, 2015. The event is being held in collaboration with Desi Writers Lounge. Some details about the event: Desi Writers' Lounge and T2f cordially invite you to an evening with Laurent Gayer, author of Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City. ...

Cover Reveal – Equinox by Heena Jadav Sunil
Cover Reveal / February 24, 2015

Heena Jadav Sunil, Pakistan's first fantasy romance author, has revealed her book cover for re-launch of her novel Equinox. First published in 2014, Equinox takes us through the life of April Rivers, a self-conscious and self-reliant girl caught by the eyes of the young Richard Chase, a rich businessman and philanthropist. A tale of fantasy spread across a single life and millions of years, of solitude and yearning that leave one que...

YOHSIN – Habib University’s Motto for Modern Education
Speaker Session / February 22, 2015

Habib University organized an institutional tour on Wednesday, 18th February 2015. Located near airport, the institution is placed at central point connecting Malir, Gulistan-E-Johar and Pehalwan Goth, making it accessible to large number of people since these areas are heavily populated. The tour got delayed since most of the media arrived late due to political situation in the city and once the people were here, we were joined by H...

An Isolated Incident – Review
Fiction / February 19, 2015

Published in 2014, An Isolated Incident by Soniah Kamal is an English novel with incredible depth about the lives of Kashmiris, both inside Kashmir and outside, and how their plight is forgotten in the tussle between between India and Pakistan for the region. The story takes place during the 90s in Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and USA. Synopsis Zari Zoon, a vivacious girl from Kashmir, is looking forward to marrying her fiance...

Thomas Blom Hansen on “Modi and The Rise of Hindu Nationalism”
Speaker Session / February 17, 2015

Post by Habib University. Dr. Thomas B. Hansen spoke at Habib University's public lectures series on Monday, 16th January 2015. The public lecture series is initiated by institution's School of Science and Engineering as an interactive platform for academia and public relationship. It is meant to contribute to society in a meaningful way for development and evolution of constructive thinking. The topic of the lecture was Modi an...

Democracy – Review
Fiction, Short Story / February 17, 2015

Published on 14th February 2015, Democracy by Fatima Bhutto is a short fiction set in the 90s when military coup overturned civilian government. It's a fictional reenactment of Nawaz Sharif's infamous folly of sacking Musharraf mid-flight and nearly getting him killed. Infidelity and Hijacking The story follows life of Brigadier Azad who was enjoying swimming in Sindh Club while waiting for his mistress Sharmilla, and a caravan ...

Panel Discussion on Karachi with Arif Hasan
Speaker Session / February 14, 2015

A panel discussion led by famed architecture of Karachi, Arif Hasan, took place at T2F (The Second Floor) on Friday 13th February, 2015. Panel was titled The Karachi "Situation": Exploring Responses. It started just after 7 pm and the panel included, along with Arif himself, Sabeen Mehmud (Founder T2F), Karamat Ali (Executive Director PILER) and a youth activist from Lyari. Post by The Second Floor (T2F). The session began with the m...

Fatima Bhutto launching “Democracy”
Book Launch / February 13, 2015

Fatima Bhutto, daughter of slain Murtaza Bhutto (former leader of PPP Shaheed Bhutto Group) and niece of slain Benazir Bhutto (former leader of PPP Patriots), will be launching her next book titled Democracy on 14th February 2015. Author of Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir, recollecting her childhood memories of Bhutto family when Murtaza Bhutto was alive until his demise in 1997, and The Shadow of the Crescent Moon...