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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.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Launch Party:

Every Potterhead were eagerly waiting for 31st July 2016, why ? July 31st is Harry Potter’s birthday! It is also J.K. Rowling’s birthday and the release date of the new Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It is the 8th Harry Potter book came out after 9 years. I was super excited.

Liberty Books and Dolmen Mall had organized the Launch Party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Dolmen Mall, Clifton. I reached at the launch party at 10:30am and the ground floor was filled with muggles, wizards and witches. People were dressed up as the Severus Snape, Harry Potter and Bellatrix Lestrange. I’ve seen long queues at the HP themed photo booth and at the Liberty Books stall to get the new book. I waited till 2pm just to get my book.

Review:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

The book I’ve been waiting for 9yrs

The book is a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. The story is set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter who is now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

Its a script not a novel

I was so excited that I read it within two hours coz I couldn’t put it down. Those who bought it without realizing it is a script should read the product description more carefully, it is not the fault of the author, it was clearly advertised as a script. I am delighted to say that the magic within the script was very real and soared way above my, very high, expectations. I loved the twists and turns and call backs. There are so many surprises in the book with few new characters. The book will make you want to go see the play – so in a sense it’s a wordy trailer that you’re actually paying for. I feel like a child again, reading the series for the first time.

    For any Harry Potter fan this is a must read. Brings back memories of reading my way through the first seven books. I really want to see that play on stage in Pakistan.

My Rating: 4/5