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Children not reading as many or as diverse books as before

An edited version of this book was first published in The Express Tribune on May 5, 2014. Islamabad – From among the group of school girls, Ramsha Zafar admitted bashfully that she is fond of the stories of Amar Ayyar, popularly mispronounced as Umro Ayyar, the legendary trickster from the Dastaan-e Amir Hamza. Ramsha, an […]

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Islamabad Literature Festival 2014: Literature in the time of crises

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 26, 2014. Islamabad – April which to TS Eliot apparently is “the cruelest month” turns out to be the most benign for the literature buffs of twin cities. They – before it departs – will have a chance to listen and interact with as […]

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Children’s Literature Festival 2013

An edited version of this article of The Express Tribune on May 25, 2013. Islamabad – The Pak-China Friendship Centre resembled a big, happy playground on Friday as children and their parents roamed around book stalls, literary discussions, reading sessions and interactive activities at the federal capital’s first-ever Children’s Literature Festival. The festival, which has […]

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Saddar’s Sunday book bazaar

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 24, 2012. Rawalpindi – For the past 15 years, Fareedul Haq has had the same routine on Sundays. He wakes up at around 6 am and goes to his godown in Saddar, Rawalpindi. There he arranges pickup trucks to transport […]

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