Category: Typhoon

Visit to Kinnaird College & International Centre for Pakistani writing in English – ICPWE

Visit to Kinnaird College It was wonderful to visit Kinnaird College again – my third visit to this marvelous place which now houses an equally marvelous writers’ centre – the International Centre For Pakistani Writing in English (ICPWE) headed by the Founder Director Mr. M. Athar Tahir-Chowdhry, a poet, an artist and a former diplomat, who I…




Visit to Norbert Gymnasium School, Dormagen, Germany

What a pleasure it was to visit Norbert Gymnasium Catholic School in February when I went to attend the Didacta Book Fair in Cologne. It is a marvelous school in the country side in Dormagen, near the city of Cologne in Germany. This visit was kindly arranged by my friend Ursula Roth of Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft, Bonn and the…




WOMEN’S DELEGATION TO SREBRENICA – Day 2

Medica Zenica On the second day we had the privilege of visiting Medica Zenica, a women therapy center for survivors of war and rape victims and meeting the wonderful Director, Dr. Sabiha Husić who manages this very special place. The NGOs we met with are very prominent organizations that work with women victims of war trauma and…




Interfaith Twinning Event at Withington Girls’ School – Spreading Peace & Hummus

It was a pleasure visiting Withington Girls’ School in Manchester for our season of twinning event. Over 100 Muslim and Jewish girls with their teachers and sixth form prefects attended a session led by myself and Jonny Wineberg. This was one of the five schools who benefited from the celebratory #SpreadHummusNotHate initiative to promote messages of peace,…




De La Salle University, Manila, October 26th

I am delighted to share with you details of my forthcoming event at De La Salle University, Manila, hosted by the Department of Literature, and Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Jeremy de Chavez.   The Department of Literature De La Salle University A Reading and Conversation with British-Pakistani Author Qaisra Shahraz, Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts & Critically Acclaimed  Novelist…




UNIVERSITY OF GUJRAT

It was memory lane for me when I visited Gujrat, the city of my birth, and passed my former primary school  before visiting the university. Located right in the heart of the city, there is now a new school in its place, but I attended school here for three years before leaving for England. Unfortunately, I had no time to go inside…




Reflection, an Extract from Typhoon…and Author Comment

An extract from the novel Typhoon   Chapter One Tuesday May, 2002   The village of Chiragpur was in mourning. Its revered head man, Baba Siraj Din, was dying. Straight after the call to prayer, from the mosque, the local qazi, judge, made an emotional appeal to the villagers, to offer a special prayer for the departure…