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Books Children Read!

By Gulrukh Tausif Stories that you read and hear in your childhood stay with you all your life. Sometimes as a wisp of a memory and sometimes as a lesson etched into your mind. I have always loved reading and I used to read a lot of Urdu and English books in my youth. There…

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Arundhati Roy continues to be the harshest critic of India

NEW DELHI: She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being “smashed”. Sitting in a cafe in the bowels of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine streets on a…

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Nobel prize winner’s book turned down by 19 publishers

PARIS: The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon’s 1962 novel, “The Palace”, set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was…

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Love letters of France’s prominent writer published

PARIS: The passionate letters between Albert Camus, France’s Nobel prize-winning author of “The Stranger”, and the Spanish actress Maria Casares were published on Friday, casting light for the first time on one of the great love affairs in French literary history. She was a remarkable and independent-minded actress; he was the most admired writer of…

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Nobel Literature Prize: controversy, fame and flops

PARIS: Ahead of the announcement Thursday of this year’s Nobel Literature Prize laureate, here is a look at some of the controversies down the years since the prestigious title was first awarded in 1901. – Controversy – The 1964 laureate French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, whose political philosophy was partly based on the criticism of institutions,…

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Mohsin Hamid makes Pakistan proud, gets shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

NEWS DESK: We have a moment of pride as eminent Pakistani English-language author Mohsin Hamid was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize his novel, Exit West, on Wednesday. Exit West is Hamid’s fourth novel and this is the second time he’s made it to The Man Booker shortlist. Earlier, his acclaimed novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist,…

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Arundhati Roy releases first novel in 20 years

NEW DELHI:’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut “The God of Small Things” propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India. Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work,…

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Italy Reads Pakistan Awards winner to be announced at KLF

Karachi: Dr. Gianluca Rubagotti, the Italian consul general announced at a press conference on Thursday at a local hotel that the winner of Italy Reads Pakistan Awards will be announced on Saturday. The awards were launched last year by the consulate of Italy in Karachi. Saturday is also the second day of the Karachi Literature…

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Singing in the rain at send-off for Italy’s Dario Fo

MILAN: Thousands of mourners sang as they walked through the streets of Milan Saturday to pay their respects to Italy’s Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo at a lay ceremony in front of the city’s Gothic cathedral. The funeral cortege wound its way in heavy rain from the Piccolo Teatro Strehler where Fo’s coffin had been…

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On the Harry Potter trail in Portugal – Rowling’s inspiration

PORTO: It feels as if time has stood still at Lello, a Gothic Revival style bookstore in the historic centre of Porto, whose heady “olde worlde” ambiance inspired some of the scenes for Harry Potter. It was in Portugal’s second city that Potter author J. K. Rowling let her imagination off the leash during two…

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Instagram in URDU

  Instagram has started showing notifications in Urdu, everything in this app shows in Urdu now. Whereas according to the settings Instagram will appear in the same language that your phone or tablet is set to. There are number of users who are freaking out over this sudden change and complaining that there language was changed…

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#Paishelafz: A diverse venture into arts and culture

  Students of  a Private University organized a literary festival ‘Paish-e-Lafz’. The one-day celebration praised literature, cricket and film-production by renowned journalists and scholars  from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The festival began with the most interesting segment which was “The Boys Played Well” focused on the PSL’s impact on Pakistan’s Cricket, the core point of the…

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400 years: Shakespeare’s hometown prepares for decorative commemoration

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, UK – William Shakespeare’s hometown is bracing for a surge in visitors from around the world this month as it marks 400 years since the death of the foremost playwright in the history of English language. A parade to Shakespeare’s grave and fireworks will round off a day of theatre, dancing and music in…

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US ‘Prince of Tides’ author Pat Conroy dead at 70

WASHINGTON: Pat Conroy, a US novelist whose books included “Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” died at the age of 70, his hometown newspaper reported. Conroy, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just four weeks ago, died Friday surrounded by family at his home in Beaufort in the state of South Carolina, the Beaufort…

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Veteran Bollywood Actress and LLF

  Written By: Shahid Wafa “They should have shown the video of her song ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ to pay her a   tribute,”  responded one of my friends in a pinching tone, when I reported about screening of a short documentary film on the cinematic journey of veteran Indian actress Sharmila Tagore at the inaugural session…

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Script of new Potter play to be published after premiere

LONDON: The script of a new Harry Potter play is to be published following its world premiere in London in July, publishers announced Wednesday. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will officially open in the West End on July 30, while the script will come out on the following day. The play tells the story…

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Harper Lee’s second novel tops 2015 US bestseller list

NEW YORK: Harper Lee’s second novel “Go Set a Watchman” topped the US bestseller list in 2015, selling 1.6 million copies more than half a century after her Pulitzer-winning first book was published. The figures were based on US print unit sales reported to Nielsen since the novel was published in July, snapped up by…

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Elvis Costello charts unlikely rise to pop stardom

NEW YORK: Over four decades, Elvis Costello has been a pop music icon famed for his literary wordplay, but he owes his career in part to a base stunt. Frustrated that his music had not found a label in the United States, the British artist in 1977 took an electric guitar and battery-powered amplifier to…

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Patti Smith wades into memory and loss in literary sequel

NEW YORK: Revered for her influence on punk rock, Patti Smith proved herself to be a literary heavyweight as well with her 2010 memoir, “Just Kids,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Smith delves further into her literary persona in a follow-up book, “M Train,” a meditation on memory, loss and her worldwide…

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Altaf seeks Punjab people to read MQM literature

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said allegations of treachery and anti-state activities were leveled against the party to create distance between people and the party; but, Muttahida still seeks stability and solidarity of Pakistan. Addressing the workers and office-bearers of the party in Lahore and Rawalpindi, the MQM chief asserted he sought…

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German Nobel literature prize winner Gunter Grass dies

BERLIN: Germany's Nobel laureate Gunter Grass, widely regarded as the country's most famous writer, died on Monday at the age of 87, his publishing company said. Grass, whose works include “The Tin Drum” and “Cat and Mouse”, died in a hospital in the northern city of Luebeck, the Steidl publishing house said on Twitter. (AFP)

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