Views and Reviews by Ammar Ali Qureshi (Folio Books)
As Pakistan battles for survival, it is important for us to look back and reflect on where we stand today. Ammar Ali Qureshi, a researcher and consultant, has written extensively on Pakistan for national and international publications. This is his collection of articles which offer deep analysis on history, politics and culture. Such collections are imperative for current and future Pakistanis to learn from and assess what has been lost and what can be done to mitigate further damage.
The White Lie by Zarnaab Adil Janjua (Dastaan)
Pakistani fiction is going from strength to strength as local writers push creative boundaries by exploring with different genres and themes. Janjua’s novella is a sci-fi political thriller set in a land called Praetoria. Set in the future, Janjua explores modern day Pakistani social and political incidents and themes in a world where power and love come crashing into each other.
The Night In Her Hair by Huma Agha Abbas & Taiba Abbas (Ala Books & Authors)
A mother-daughter collaboration where Pakistan’s ancient folklore is revived via a series of stories in which the characters that have given us the reason to live and love are once again brought back to life. Stunning prose accompanied by beautiful imagery as paintings, this book reminds us of those who fought for what are now considered forbidden dreams – the freedom to love and live.
Tilsim-i-Hoshruba by Osama Siddique (KITAB)
Tilsm-e-Hoshruba is an epic narrative of the adventures of the legendary Persian hero Emir Hamza, the protagonist of Hamza Nama his sons and grandsons. With its brave heroes, beautiful princesses, demons and commanding sahirs, Tilism-e-Hoshruba has captured the minds and hearts of generations. Now translated by Osama Siddique into Urdu in a hardcover book with several pages of illustrations by Michelle Farooqui, the book is accessible for Urdu readers in all its glory.