MUMBAI: Sources privy to NPTV have been intimated that the book titled The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch penned by journalist Sanam Maher has been shortlisted for India’s Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2018.
According to the details, the First Book Prize was initiated by the Shakti Bhatt Foundation back in 2008 to motivate writers from the sub-continent. The prize will be a cash award of INR200,000 along with a trophy.
Besides Sanam, five other authors have been shortlisted including:
Preti Taneja for We That Are Young,
Sujatha Gidla for Ants Among Elephants,
Deepak Unnikrishnan for Temporary People,
Aanchal Malhotra for Remnants of a Separation
and Shreevatsa Nevatia for How to Travel Light.
In the nomination pronouncement, Maher’s Qandeel Baloch is described as, “a testimony to the short, incandescent and courageous life of this Pakistani social media personality, murdered for the family’s honor by her brother. Through the story of Qandeel’s life and death, Maher shows us what it means to be a woman who defies convention in a patriarchal society.”
Name of the prize winner will be revealed in the month of November 2018.
A relevant piece published earlier:
KARACHI: The book on social media sensation Qandeel Baloch (late) is set to hit the shelves on May 10, 2018. According to the details, the book titled The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch is penned by journalist and author Sanam Maher. So as to reveal the news, the author took to Twitter and posted, “Bumper week for work announcements from me: So hello! She’s here – cover reveal! A story that has taken over my life for the last 2 years — a story not just about #QandeelBaloch, but about the place that created her and ultimately found that it had very little room for her.” The book harbors the life narrative of the 26-year-old model, named Fauzia Azeem, who became the foremost social media celebrity by posting her controversial videos. She was considered Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian and slain by her own brother in the name of honor eventually. It is pertinent to mention here that the suspects namely Mufti Qavi, Aslam Shahid and Abdul Basit involved in her murder are yet to be indicted in the case whereas, our law and enforcement bodies have not brought the culprits to justice even after around two years of her death. (Aiman Inam) (Published on 7th April 2018)
Book of Xi’s discourses on poverty alleviation published
BEIJING: A book of extracts from the discourses on poverty alleviation by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has been published by the Central Party Literature Press.
The book, which was compiled by the Party history and literature research institution of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, will be distributed across the country.
Rawalpindi Arts Council organizes ‘Jashan-e-Azadi’ walk
RAWALPINDI: A Jashan-e-Azadi walk ‘Salam Pakistan’ was organized here on Thursday in connection with the 72th Independence Day celebrations under the auspices of Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) to welcome the month of happiness and Independence.
The walk, led by Director RAC Waqar Ahmed and former RAC Director Naheed Manzoor was started from Arts Council and culminated at Murree Road after passing through the Stadium Road and Nawaz Sharif Park.
The officials of different departments including Information Officer Muhammad Awais, representatives of Civil Society, Artists, Students and a large number of citizens belonging to different walks of life participated in the walk.
Carrying Pakistan flags they also chanted slogans ‘Pakistan Zindabad, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad.’ Speaking on the occasion, Director RAC Waqar Ahmed congratulated the participants at the start of Independence Day celebrations and said that the living nations always celebrate their independence day with full zeal and enthusiasm.
He said that RAC had decided to celebrate independence festivities throughout the month of August for apprising the young generation of the importance and significance of independence and the different aspects of Pakistan Movement.
At the end, special prayers were also offered for peace, the progress of the country and national solidarity.
Photo Exposition on Paris’ Arc de Triomphe held at AFK (TEXT AND VIDEO)
KARACHI: Venue was the Main Art Gallery of Alliance Française (French Cultural Centre) of Karachi where visual artist Ashkaal exposed photographs depicting the statues carved on Arc de Triomphe.
Vice President of the AFK Committee M. Ali Dehlavi, while commenting on the significance of the exposition, stated: “It’s an honor for the Alliance Française de Karachi to host an event like this. It involves an artist Ashkal whose work has come to the notice of those who promote relations between their and other countries. A number of diplomatic missions have worked with Ashkal and exhibited his work or taken great interest in it.
“Today we have the opportunity of looking at a landmark in Paris – Arc de Triomphe – and the aspects of it which the artist has technically – through great effort- photographed in an unusual way. It’s lovely to be taken back to France and be taken back to a subject that’s significant and nostalgic. That evokes a lot of emotion which is the loss of lives in warfare and to commemorate those who have lost their lives during the war.”Ashkal said: “I am known as a visual artist (a painter) but I have been professionally doing photography for the last two-and-a-half decades. During my Europe and America visits, I have photographed many landmarks but was unsure whether to expose them or not. But when I realized it was time to do so I contacted Alliance Française. And through their efforts, this event took place and I am very happy that my work has been brought to the public. I have chosen the Arc de Triomphe as my topic because Paris has always been a place that speaks to me. By means of these snaps, I have endeavored to honor the fallen soldiers of France”.