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(VIDEO AND TEXT) British Artist Colors the White Roses Red at Alliance Française during Karachi Biennale!




KARACHI: Main Art Gallery of the French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française) was the venue where British performing artist Amy Elizabeth Kingsmill presented a unique spectacle Fairytale!

During the two-week-long (1st Karachi) Biennale she is attempting to paint the white roses red (emblematically the way roses are colored in Alice in Wonderland).  

Talking to (Official Partner BBCNEWS) Amy Kingsmill held: “Fairytale is inspired by how at times – in relationships – we create our own mythologies around people. And we can often sacrifice a lot to (make those realities or) to sustain them”.

Commenting on her performance she said that white roses could signify purity: “Red roses often signify romance, over the next few days these roses will be turning red”.

As to why she had put blood on her face she said: “For me the significance of using my blood on my face was because sometimes after those relationships where you have sacrificed a lot you are stained with that for some time”.

Telling that she had been performing in London for sometime now, she told: “I do travel internationally and this is my first performance here in Pakistan.

“I studied in London and I been making similar performances for past six year or so using my body. It’s my pleasure to be here and bring them to Pakistan”.


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Arts Council plans 10th Urdu Conference keeping country’s 70th anniversary in mind: Shah



KARACHI: Ahmed Shah, President Arts Council of Pakistan while informing that the 10th Urdu Conference would be held from 21st till 25th of December, has pointed out that the moot was planned keeping the 70th anniversary of Pakistan.

While talking to here today at the Arts Council Ahmed Shah said that aim would be to ponder over various facets of visual and performing arts, culture and literature to figure out how it had transformed during the seventy years. 

Fiction, poetry, criticism, music, theater, dance and women’s issues are expected to be discussed profoundly by the participants, including scholars from India, during the five days of the moot. 

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OUP publishes English Translation of Jamal Abro’s 16 short stories!



KARACHI: 124-page volume titled Pirani & Other Short Stories is the latest OUP publication featuring English translation of the work of one of the best Sindhi writers Jamal(uddin) Abro.

Originally written in Sindhi this collection of classic short stories endeavors to portray the rural life of Sindh and its people.

One of the aspects that grabs readers’ attention is the profound depiction of Sindh’s social order.

It is pertinent to mention here though Abro has written a handful of stories (featuring the society’s common cases) those had great impact on the contemporary Sindhi short story. 

In order to enable reader get hang of the setting, background information has also been provided in the introduction. Moreover, translator has strictly remained faithful to the original Sindhi style.

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Take a back seat social media, Karachi Int’l. Book Fair is here!




 KARACHI: The 5-day-long Karachi International Book Fair here at Expo-Centre that ends today, has once again successfully maintained its reputation of pulling the social media addicts away from screens (13th time in as many years).

Emboldened by Karachiites’ overwhelming response in previous years, the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association has once again endeavored to organize the Kutub Mela this year. 

Since 2005 the Book Fair is gaining momentum reviving the fading penchant for literature in the Metropolis. Particularly, transforming the social-media buffs into aficionados of written words.

Minister of Information, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah while inaugurating the Fair hailed the efforts of the organizers.

It is pertinent to mention here that 13th edition of the Fair, harboring 330 book stalls,  has been visited by students of hundreds of educational institutes, literati of the Port City and seen a record sale of books.

Hall 1 is where you go to find most books to read, ranging from medicine, psychology, sociology, psychology, archeology, religion, world affairs, fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Hall 1 is likely the best point to start since anything that interests a person is bound to be located over there and at a decent price.

Hall 2 is an interesting area featuring books offered by the publishers from Iran, India, Turkey, Singapore, the UK and others. Personnel at Indian and Iranian stalls had also explained their study-systems and education policy apropos their children and their implementation.

Many stalls focused on religion promoting items like pens that read sections of the Holy Quran by means of sensors and digital equipment useful in understanding Holy Quran.

Hall 3 now comes as the most troublesome part of this event, by no means dull or boring, but troublesome. This hall promotes the owners such as Cambridge, Oxford and various publishers that have a decent distribution in the nation.

This hall is troublesome since the books here are all fresh – by fresh I mean first-hand books made of good quality material which translates to expensive.

Déjà Vu? When thousands of people are seen entering the Expo Centre the feeling is nostalgic… Trying to find the books of choice in a library jam packed with people so you can get the book issued, take it home and read it in the comfort of a quiet room.

In a world dominated with the internet, the first thing coming to mind is why am I reading this? Why not just look it up on the internet.

The problem with the internet is the amount of usage and the content present, no one denies the all-purpose fit provided by the internet.

The issue arises when we abandon the items that have made up our generations for centuries.

As Muslims we know that the Quran was READ and interpreted in various groups by various people.

As humans we see untold examples of how our culture evolved from cave drawings to writing down information or transmitting emotions via words.

So why are we disregarding books now, the answer is no one cares about them anymore.

As a child I remember getting the Harry Potter series when I was 5 and that kick started my love for books of the fiction category.

As I grew older I was introduced to the wonder of news, another mystery this may be for you is how the news is a wonder. If you have ever wondered why?

You see a title ‘woman killed by husband over petty dispute’ when at a young age like 8 or 9 and you begin to be guided as to the realities of life and why they are there.

So my question to the reader is simply this, no one denies your right to use the internet but are you willing to lose brain power and creativity that is provided by books and let your children suffer the same fate?

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