Karachi Literature Festival 2015 Literature Lovers in Particular
I opportunity of meeting, sitting with and talking to the globally known literary, showbiz, political and media figures of the country at a single venue. Intezar Hus-saln. Amjad Aslam Amjad. Asghar Nadeem Syed. Mustansar Hussair. Tarrar. Haseena Moin. Naj-jam Sethi. Kamila Shamsi. Meera. )ia All. Naveed Shahzad. Sherry Reh-man, Asma (ahangir, Aitizaz Ahsan are a few names out of the galaxy that enlightened the festival this year. Anwer Masood, Atta-Ul-Haq Qasnu and Abdullah Hussain were mtssed by the fen this year. The colourful settings of the bookstalls, offering a diversity of the precious pearls, allured the booklovers and added charms to the occasion. The Food court was also haunted greatly by the food lovers and made them feel the true festivity. Nigh.it Chodhry, as usual, preformed her segments at both opening as well as ending ceremonies with precision and minute delicacy. The Classic Music session saw of the foreign guests and the local dignitaries and visitors with a melodious and loving air. Families, as usual, thronged the festival and enjoyed a lot This year, 5) SUNDAY PLUS KB1JMY2?. ?0t5
the parking facility was marvelous and made people forget about the previous years’ fatigue. As pros and cons and merits and demerits always go juxtaposed, the areas for improvement must be highlighted and addressed positively and honestly. A number of people were complaining against the high prices and low quality of the food also. This issue was raised during the previous two Kl.Fs also, but unfortunately, could not be resolved. Apart from this concern, the critics and the visitors pointed out many flaws this year and they were quite justifiable to do so. A retired justice expressed his feelings in these words, “I am sorry to say, with every passing year, this festival is showing negative trends, instead of the signs of Improvement”
The segments arranged in the main open garden proved more failed this year due to insufficient audio output This garden should not be used for the serious discussion sessions, In future, for Its Inherent flaw and that Is It, apart from haunted by the noisy sea-breeze, serves as pathway or lawn amongst the various sections of the hotel premises. The voice of the speakers was not amplified to the level where It could absorb the attention of the
audience Another nuisance was the nonstop movements and unleashed talking of the so-called volunteers who were from the elite families and schools and had nothing to do cxccpt wearing prescribed T-shirts and sitting, in the groups, in the middle rows. Without showing any regard for the rcspcctcd and elderly figures, sitting around them, these boys and girls continued demonstrating their command over slangs and derogatory lexis to show they are modern youth and are on outing with friends.
The gossip women were Invited on the occasion as “speakers” and “moderators” who went on making
Tagging on the previous years’ tradition, the Karachi Literature Festival 2015, organized at local hotel, from 6th to 8th February, brought smiles and glow on the faces of the citizens from all walks of life, in general, and the literature-lovers, in particular.