Had the pleasure to be a part of this great seminar "Qawwali the Song of Love" held at Alliance française de Karachi last night, hosted by Ally Adnan. Qawwali although has been linked to Sufism form of expression but it predates that by a good century. While growing up we got to hear various versions... Continue Reading →
The Origins of the Present Day Pakistan- Points of Entry by Nadeem Farooq Paracha
Points of Entry will definitely leave you thinking of a bygone era and yet see patterns of it in present day Pakistan.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Contrary to the tongue-twister of a title, this is a fairly straight forward movie and an Austen-worthy romance. It is a breath of fresh air in the ocean of unnecessarily complicated love stories of today. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a very bookish-romance indeed!
In Search of an Identity -A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Title: A Place For Us Author: Fatima Farheen Mirza Genre: Fiction, Contemporary , Family Ratings: It has been a while that a book moved me to tears. After finishing this book last night, I stared at the ceiling with a sheen in my eyes for several minutes. Lately I have read so many books on... Continue Reading →
Fragments of Karachi- The Scatter here is Too Great by Bilal Tanveer
This book is a collection of short stories, of ordinary people from Karachi. Each of these stories converge at a bomb blast that took place at Cantt Station. The blast was all that made it to the headlines, these smaller stories that changed the lives of these people forever stayed in the imaginary confines of this book.
Modern day Princess in Unfamiliar Waters- Perils of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan is a mid-tier Bollywood actress who belongs to one of the most star studded families in Bollywood. People broadly know her as someone famous's daughter, sister or sister-in-law. This memoir is her take on being associated with over-achievers all her life and her struggle to make her own mark in the cut-throat second most popular film fraternity in the world.
A Psychological Roller-coaster Ride- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Flynn's writing is scary, the kind of scary that makes you want to keep turning pages to find out what happens next. It is amazing really how none of the characters she paints are likable, Characters aren't likeable but are unforgettable. It is Flynn's writing style and the storytelling make the book itself is an absolute gem of a thriller!
Chic- Flick-Worthy- November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Fallon is an actress whose career ended and Ben is an aspiring writer, they meet on November 9. Their individual circumstances don't allow for them to be together so they decide on meeting each other on the same date, same place every year with absolutely no contact in between. Sounds cheesy right? And yes that has already been done in movies. But it isn't a simple as that!
The Tragic Story of a Rule Breaker – Review of Pakistani Drama Baaghi
Since Baaghi is based on a celebrity's life, and a controversial one at that, the viewer already knows the plot and the outcome. But the drama is par-excellence not because of the story but because of its message!
Rampura’s- Saints and Charlatans by Sarim Baig
Title: Saints and Charlatans Author: Sarim Baig Genre: Short-stories, Fiction, Contemporary Ratings: This is Sarim Baig's debut narrative. It is a collection of short stories that are set in contemporary Punjab in the neighborhood of Rampura where the majority of settlers are from the village of Suratwalla. As someone who grew up in a small town, the... Continue Reading →