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Book on poetry, prose of Shaikh Ayaz launched

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MITHI: Shaikh Ayaz was a true lover of the culture, customs, traditions and landscapes of Thar. His verses and prose on the desert region is a glaring example of his love for and deep attachment to Thar. This was stated by Prof Mohammad Hingorjo at the launch of Jaag ja bhaag ahyoon preen (we are […]

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Jaun Elia – popular but not great

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KARACHI: Among the many tributes and eulogies that flooded social media after the APS attack in 2014 was actor Ahsan Khan’s Facebook post. Ab nahi koi baat khatray ki, ab sabhi ko sabhi sae khatra hai (There’s nothing left to be scared of, for everyone is scared of everyone), said the post. It was nothing out of […]

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Delhi’s masters of Urdu poetry remembered at book launch

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KARACHI: Saif Mahm­ood is not just a poetry and literary critic but a prominent Indian lawyer — an advocate of the Supreme Court of India — who loves the Urdu language. His book Beloved Delhi — A Mughal City and Her Greatest Poets was launched in Karachi in a session that was held at The […]

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Shah Latif`s verses carry the message of freedom

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KARACHI: Speakers at the launch of a transladon of Shah jo Rüalo on Thursday said Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was one of the first few poets of olden times who championed freedom of individuals and nations with desire to see peace and prosperity across the globe. `Go through his entire poetry; analyse his characters and […]

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The kingdom of Urdu literature

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KARACHI: An engaging conversation, a witty sense of humour and a love for the Urdu language. These are all part of the offering each time Zehra Nigah sits down to talk. And at the Habib University on Wednesday, while addressing students, professors and lovers of Urdu adab, she shared her passion for the Urdu classics […]

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‘Facebook is an effective platform for emerging poets’

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LARKANA: Saeed Memon is a poet of nature and his poetry is one of the strongest and representative voices in modern Sindhi literature because of its scholastic value, depth of ideas, spontaneity and accurate portrayal of human tragedies. These thoughts were expressed by poets and writers at the launching ceremony of Saeed Memon’s anthology Azal […]

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‘Parveen’s poetry had metaphor of death much before her passing away’

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KARACHI: Parveen Shakir’s poetry is exceptional because it has wisdom (daanish) in it which is unique to the poetess herself. At the same time being a student of linguistics and a reader of world literature she’s able to develop her own poetic diction. This was said by Prof Sahar Ansari in his speech on the […]

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Contemporary Urdu poets: who is greatest of them all?

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WHAT makes a great verse? Is it theme, philosophy, imagery, precision, words or emotions? All of them, it seems. But there can hardly be any consensus about the ingredients of a great poem and everybody has his/ her own, personal criterion for great poetry. The choice of a favourite poet is, largely, a matter of […]

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Literary Notes: Urdu literature in 2015: research and criticism take centre stage

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IT is generally perceived that Pakistan’s cultural and political environment is more conducive to produce Urdu’s imaginative and creative writings — such as fiction, poetry and satire — and Indian Urdu writers, on the other hand, have come up with some remarkably fine pieces of research and critical works. But the recent trends do not […]

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Remembering Parveen Shakir — poet’s 21st death anniversary observed

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ISLAMABAD: The 21st death anniversary of the renowned poet, teacher and civil servant Parveen Shakir was observed on Saturday. Members of the Parveen Shakir Trust and Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) chairperson Qasim Bogio visited Ms Shakir’s grave this morning, and placed wreaths at her grave. Ms Shakir began writing at an early age, and […]

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‘Poetry and films are like zebra’s white and black stripes’

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KARACHI: Film and poetry buffs were treated to a selection of fine short films from the critically acclaimed ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival screened at T2F on Friday evening. The event was part of the ongoing poetry project initiated by the Goethe Institut. Introducing the films to the audience, Goethe Institut Director Stefan Winkler said the […]

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Where colours are better felt than understood

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Karachi: Veteran author and critique Ahmad Javed once said that legendary poet Meer Taqi Meer had blended human feelings in his poetry so cleverly that they had gone beyond the capacity of a reader’s sense of feeling. “They show up as complex compounds of emotions; therefore, a reader has to enhance his sensory capacity to […]

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Rococo and Other Worlds translation launched

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KARACHI: A book of Afzal Ahmed Syed’s poetry collection, Rococo and Other Worlds, translated from Urdu to English by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, was launched at the Alliance Francaise Karachi on Monday evening. A conversation between Syed and writer Dr Asif Farrukhi enabled book lovers to understand fundamental themes in the collection and the genesis of […]

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Karachi Literature Festival

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The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) has, in a fairly short span of time, turned into one of the country’s most vibrant and key arts and literature platforms. In times when the humdrum of trying daily routines, the gruelling rat race of professional life and a dismal security situation has drained the common citizen, this open-to-all […]

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