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Muslim Supergirl hero

Marvel Comics Introducing a Muslim Girl Superhero, NYT Book Section

"In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City...."

Contributed on 2013/11/06

South Asian Film Festival

San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

From art-house classics to documentary films, and innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: Our 2013 festival showcases over 20 films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada and USA. Runs from Nov 6 to 10 & 16, 2013.

Contributed on 2013/11/05

Greenford's Gift

Greenford's Gift, by Samina Najmi

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Here is the latest publication by author Samina Najmi. She shares this memoir of her family's life as a young girl in Greenford, Middlesex.

"Thirty-seven years after leaving the West London suburb—a psychic terrain as much as a geographical one—I can look back on it with something other than an anguished mix of tenderness and terror."

Contributed on 2013/08/06

Suraiya Jabeen

She Leaves Me, She Leaves Me Not
by Samina Najmi in bioStories

Enjoy this essay by Samina Najmi. Published in bioStories, conceived in the belief that every life can prove instructive, inspiring, or compelling, that every life holds moments of grace.

"Yesterday we drove the three hours to San Francisco airport together. Twenty-six hours later, you’ve called to tell me that you made it safely across North America, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and the Middle East—back to Karachi, our megapolis on Pakistan’s southern coast...."

Contributed on 2012/08/08


Marhoom Ki Yaad Main

Kuch Khaas brings you 'Baithak' to revive the lost art form of Urdu storytelling. Listen to this talented "storyteller" read Patras Bukhari's all-time famous story 'Marhoom Ki Yaad Main'.

Contributed on 2012/07/11


Karachiwala: A Subcontinent within a City

By Rumana Husain

"Karachiwala: A Subcontinent within a City," describes the diversity and change within Karachi, as a microcosm not only of Pakistan but of the entire South Asian region. A selection of interviews converges into a unique celebration of the people and their chosen city.

Contributed on 2012/06/15

Amir Hamza

The Adventures of Amir Hamza

By Ghalib Lakhnavi & Abdullah Bilgrami
Translated by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

The Adventures of Amir Hamza or the Dastan-e Amir Hamza is a grand epic from the Islamic cultures of the Middle East and beyond. Rooted in the legends of valour of prophet Muhammad's uncle, Amir Hamza, the narrative attracted legends of greater and lesser heroes and became a compendium of exploits of the fictional character Amir Hamza and his companions.

For the first time Western readers have a complete text from the Urdu language which cultivated this essentially oral narrative to introduce enchanted kingdoms and extra-terrestrial realms. This is the first major translation of an Urdu classic in 300 years.

Contributed on 2012/05/15

Jinnah's Mausoleum in Karachi

Jinnah's Mausoleum in Karachi

In The Karachi Walla

We found this wonderful little blog on Karachi. You can feel the genuine tenderness and love the blogger feels for Karachi.

Our favorite from the blog's description: "The diversity makes Karachi beautiful. The diversity makes Karachi painful."

Contributed on 2012/05/15

Oxford University Press Pakistan

Oxford University Press Pakistan

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Contributed on 2012/04/15

Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival

This year's festival in February gathered authors and performing artists like Hanif Kureishi, Junoon, and Vikram Seth.

The "literary, intellectual and cultural spirit of the country is still very much alive,' and indeed, it is. The program is an impressive sampling of authors and works in Pakistan and South Asia.

Contributed on 2012/03/15

Najmi's Abdul


By Samina Najmi
In Map Literary: A journal of contemporary literature

This memoir essay won the 2012 Map Literary Non­fiction Prize.

Najmi's writing is both touching and piercing. She has a hypnotic voice, and this piece left us thinking about Abdul for days, weeks. We are really looking forward to being able to read more of her work in future publications.

Contributed on 2012/03/15

Hosruba cover

Hoshruba: The World's First Magical Fantasy Epic

By Muhammad Husain Jah
Translated by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

"The world’s first and longest magical fantasy Hoshruba was compiled in the Urdu language by two of its greatest prose writers. Spread over eight thousand pages, it reached the summits of popularity and acclaim never attained by any other epic in the history of Urdu literature. But the richness of its language and its length deterred translations for more than one hundred and twenty-five years."

See an extract from Book One here in the Journal of Urdu Studies Tilism-e Hoshruba.

Contributed on 2012/03/15

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Truck Art blog

By Ehtisham

A blog about anything and everything related to vehicular decoration in Pakistan.

Contributed on 2011/12/15

Pakistani Music

One stop portal for Pakistan music News, Pictures, Singles, Videos, Albums, Latest Promos, Album Reviews & Interviews. 164,000 members worldwide.

Contributed on 2011/12/15

Mosques Architecture

Shah Jahan Mosque

Photos by Arif Soomro
Express Tribune

An exquisite example of Mughal architecture in Pakistan. It is located in Thatta, in the Sindh province in Pakistan, and was built in 1647.

Contributed on 2011/12/15



The UK literary magazine devoted one of their 2010 issues entirely to Pakistan. Browse through this special issue which includes essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction and multi-media.

Contributed on 2011/10/15

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