Kolkata, Jan 16 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Kolkata witnessed a literary discussion evening with a difference on Friday as writers from Pakistan and India read portions from their works at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2011, in a special event named ‘An Evening in Karachi’.
Pakistani writer Shehryar Fazli read out a portion from his book named, ‘Invitation‘, while Nighat M. Gandhi read a small portion from his book titled ‘Ghalib at Dusk‘.
“I am not here tonight to resolve any deadly conflict,” Fazli said humorously, before narrating a portion from the book.
“It’s an honour to have your first book published in India,” he said.
His book named ‘Invitation’ centres round the life of a man called Shahbaz, a young Pakistani Parisian, who returns out of a 19 year exile to the city of his birth, Karachi to settle a family dispute over poverty.
Gandhi, who has spent long period of her life in different countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, US and India, wrote about alternative lives.
“This book have stories based from India and Pakistan. I belonged to three countries, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, I really love them all,” she said.
Author Bina Shah was also present at Friday’s event, as she read out from her book ‘Slum Child’.
Eminent Sufi singer Parvati Kumari added a new chord to the evening as she presented few of the memorable Sufi songs on Friday.
The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2011 commenced from Jan 14 and will continue till Jan 16.
(Photos Avishek Mitra/IBNS)