Happenings in Karachi

Karachi Literature Festival 2017

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is the literature festival that provides the connection between the author and the reader. It is also a platform for art performers and cultural programs.

The festival starts with the welcome speeches by the organizers followed by the performance by  Asif Sinan.

In her keynote speech Ayesha Jalal  said that, “Pakistan needs to focus on gaining consumer rights before political rights.”

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Asif Sinan performing at KLF

Then there was an Award ceremony of KLF Pepsi and the winner of the prize for the non-fiction book of the year was “The Raj at War” by Yasmeen Khan. The Getz Pharma Prize for fiction went to Omar Shahid Hamid for his “The Spinner’s Tale”. The Infaq Urdu literature prize went to Nasir Abbas Nayyar.

First day was concluded by a captivating ‘Kathak’ performance by Shayma Saiyid.

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Shayma Saiyid at KLF

This year there were 18 book launches at KLF but I really wanted to attend the launch event of Omar Shahid’s new book “The Party Worker” but unfortunately couldn’t reach the festival on day 2  cos I got sick.

So I went to the festival on day 3 and at the entry there was stall of Tapal Danedar where people were standing in queues to get Chai/Tea proves that how much we love Tea.

Tapal at KLF2017

First I attended ‘Celebrating Faiz’ where  Zehra Negah an Urdu poet  praised his work by saying  that, “He was an evergreen, extremely generous and down-to-earth man who was open to criticism.” Adeel Hashmi  concluded the session by reading  Faiz’s sublime poetry.

After that I had to the Book Fair, first stop was Liberty Books to buy my copy of ‘The Party Worker’.

The Party Worker

And I found the some great collection Marvel and DC Comics at the some book stall at the end of the Book Fair.

Comics at KhiLF

Last session of the day was ‘Memories and Reflections’ by  Zia Mohyeddin who needs no introduction. It was a treat for me to listen him reading  the paragraph from his book “The God Of My Idolatry”.

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Zia Mohyeddin at KLF

Then  there was closing speeches by Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi followed by Performences by Shayma Saiyid and Suhaee Abro and a concert by Saif Samejo.

Why #KarachiTeaFestival is unique from #KarachiFoodFestival

Karachi Tea Festival

Karachi Tea Festival

For the first time in Pakistan! Karachi Tea Festival is happening this weekend at Frere Hall, Karachi from 4th to 6th March 2016. Yesterday I’ve attended a meeting at T2F organized by the team of Karachi Tea Festival to share their idea behind this festival.

Karachi Tea Festival

Meeting was attended by famous politicians Faisal Subswari, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and renowned TV anchor Madeha Naqvi. Lots of people have shared their ideas to make this festival more better. Its a families only event with 250Rs. for entry charges. Timings for first day will be 6pm-11pm while 2nd and 3rd day it will starts from 10am till 11pm.

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Tea and Rusk after the meeting

These are the following reasons why Karachi Tea Festival is unique from Karachi Food Festival.

– There will be a special hour for special persons on 2nd day of the festival from 10am-11am. There will be free entry for them.

– On third day there will be senior citizen hour from 10am-11am. Their entry will be free at this hour.

– Aman Baat Cheet Dhaba from Lyari will there too.

– T2F will be setting up their stall and story telling sessions by famous authors.

– Cafe Pyala will be there too, serving tea in their special pyalas.

– Khana Badhosh will be setting up their camp and media wall where people can know more about this group.

Mai Dhai will be at Thar stall on all 3 days of the festival.

Shaukhat Khanum Hospital has came up with the unique idea of collecting donations called ‘Tea with Celebrity’. Where anyone can pay to have tea with different celebrities.

– For the first time ‘Karachi Tea Festival’ has two official media partners, Dawn and Hum Network.

– There is a special Hi-tea section from 10 different countries from around the world.

– There will be a fusion performance of Qawwali with Jazz music on 2nd of the festival from 9pm.

– On 2nd and 3rd day there will be Qawwali performance at the main stage.

– You can have rusk, bakarkhani and nankhatai with chai at different stalls at the festival.