Celebrating literature

By I.A. Rehman

THANK goodness, February has become Pakistan’s month of celebrating literature and the people’s successes in expressing themselves in other media. This year’s Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) and Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) appeared to have come of age.

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Reclaiming our culture

On Friday, a few young men in Faisalabad celebrated what the media termed a “mini-Basant”. The celebration was organised despite the enduring government ban against the festival. Yet the festivity was marred, as it has been in many instances before, by loss of life. Ali Hasnain succumbed to bullet injuries sustained as a result of . . . → Read More: Reclaiming our culture

Our colorless spring sky

By Aasma Farhad

As I walk under the pale blue sky today, the pre-spring breeze resounds with the distant clatters of a Basant from my childhood. A sadness settles in, as I realise it is a sound that will never ring in the ears of our new generation.

Basant, the annual spring . . . → Read More: Our colorless spring sky

Undertaking an unconventional path with art

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”

“I stumbled upon this quote by the German-born American writer Charles Bukowski at a very crucial stage of my life,” Naveen Shakil explains.

Caught between an inherent desire to create or pursue a more conventional path in life, Bukowski’s words came as a clear flash to . . . → Read More: Undertaking an unconventional path with art

Understanding Baloch identity

The various narratives intricately built around the problem we refer to as ‘Balochistan: Pakistan’s other war’ need to be understood in light of our colonial past and this region’s history and geography. Contextual analysis of the current scenario is of utmost importance. How the British treated various ethnicities, and helped build sharper divides because of . . . → Read More: Understanding Baloch identity

Na Maloom Afraad – A good comedy from Pakistan

The recently released Na Maloom Afraad could veritably be perceived as an insider’s roller-coaster ride through Karachi.

Director Nabeel Qureshi is very obviously a Karachi-dweller — he traverses the city, even as he regales with the story of three hapless no-gooders scheming to make a quick buck. Not that the movie won’t appeal to . . . → Read More: Na Maloom Afraad – A good comedy from Pakistan

Renowned artist / actor Maqsood Hassan passes away

Seasoned Pakistani actor Maqsood Hassan breathed his last on Wednesday at the age of 67.

The veteran radio and TV artist, whose career spanned nearly 50 years, died of a heart attack in Karachi.

Hassan was considered a great actor with burgeoning talents in the entertainment industry. He started his career from Radio . . . → Read More: Renowned artist / actor Maqsood Hassan passes away

Bollywoods love of Pakistani actors

(By Nandhini) Bollywood is full of actors from our neighbouring country Pakistan. It is not about boundaries any more. Talent is recognised and taken into Bollywood from around the world. Be it Katrina Kaif from London or Humaima Malick from Pakistan, it is only about talent.

Bollywood has seen a lot of Pakistani actors, especially. . . . → Read More: Bollywoods love of Pakistani actors

Zindagi channel will help Indians understand Pakistani way of life better

In a recent interview with Press Trust of India, Zindagi Gulzar Hai author Umera Ahmed said she was hopeful India’s Zindagi channel will help dispel misconceptions about Pakistan.

The author further added that Pakistani television is dominated by women both off-screen and on-screen.

“Our image is shown as a regressive country, which does not treat . . . → Read More: Zindagi channel will help Indians understand Pakistani way of life better

When did America start Arabian dating?

In 1898, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a special department of men called Agriculture Explorers to travel the globe searching for new food crops to bring back for farmers to grow in the U.S.

“These agricultural explorers were kind of like the Indiana Joneses of the plant world,” says Sarah . . . → Read More: When did America start Arabian dating?