Category: Pakistan 2013

Pakistan Diaries – 20th February

20th February Today had a wonderful afternoon at Quaid Azam University. Again a very successful session on the topic of Code Mixing in English Cross Cultural influences for the Linguistic department and related it to my work and life’s experiences in writing, translation and use of two languages. Wonderful staff and students (so interactive) and marvellous…



Pakistan Diaries – 4th March

Faisalabad Monday. National Arts Council. A literary writer’s event has been hosted for me. I am delighted to have this opportunity to meet local writers, artists, media people and translators. My hosts are gracious and honour me well including with gifts. The guests are a lovely group of people, all new to me. It is…



Pakistan Diaries – 6th March

Lahore Faiz Ghar literary evening. I have been looking forward to this for many days. It is the final literary event with local writers in different cities. It is being hosted by a dear friend, Moneeza Hashmi in her father home, Faiz Ghar, the home of the leading poet of Pakistan Faiz Ahmed Faiz. As…



Pakistan Diaries – 2nd March

Multan PM. I reach my session in time. It is already a packed hall. Huge banner about me and my session grace the wall of the stage area. I am  met enthusiastically by my host Professor Shirin Zubair and a group of other staff. There is a good introduction by Junaid, the male teacher who…



Pakistan Diaries – 21st February

  Islamabad Thursday. Another wonderful day! Morning in Rawalpindi at the Fatima Jinnah University for women. I know this place well. As I had visited it 11 years ago and delivered education and literature workshops. There are young lively women I see everywhere as I walk out of the car. A group of them were…



Pakistan Diaries – 25th February

Multan Monday. What a packed day, with 4 events. AM – visit to one of the Bloomfield Hall private schools. A very pleasant experience! We are in a field with a stage and a marquee with hundreds of children and staff all waiting for me. It`s nice and warm and the staff are lovely. In…



Pakistan Diaries – 19th Feb 2013

Report from Pakistan Trip February / March 2013   .. 19th February, Qaisra’s visit to the Islamic University Of Islamabad….   Yesterday had a super session at the Islamic university of Islamabad. with male and female students, with a packed room of English literature students. Wonderful and warm welcoming speeches from the host body including…




Travels to Lahore

Lahore. 7th March. Kinnaird College literary event. Its my last day of my 5 city literary tour of Pakistan. I am ending it with a literary event hosted by Kinnaird, one of the top colleges for women in Pakistan. I have visited this college 11 years before under the auspices of the British Council –…