NUST did a great job in organizing the NUST Literary Festival and telling the world that literature, creativity, and imagination can come from anywhere!
The moment I saw the message of my publisher, Syed Ommer Amer, that I am invited as guest at the NUST Literary Festival, I was over the moon! The Festival was hosted at the Karachi campus of National University of Sciences and Technology. I have been associated with Daastan as an author. I have had four books published with this platform. Representing Daastan at this Literary Festival and also to speak at this occasion was a dream come true. Invited in the “Meet and Greet” session, I took the stage only after Mubashir Ali Zaidi, the writer behind the concept of “100 Lafzon Ki Kahani” and Ms. Parveen Shah, author of Chawanni had already spoken. This made me feel intimidated for these two personalities have a fine command on literature.
Although I have been delivering guest lectures, this was the first time I was asked to speak at any Literary Festival. September 16, 2017 was an interesting day for on this day my article on how to become a good public speaker was published in Daily Dawn’s Young World.
During my speech I read excerpts from my upcoming book, “Divided Species”, a science fiction novel set in modern-day Karachi. It was an emotional feeling when I held the printed copy of this book, which took me nearly six years to complete, in my hands. Daastan made it possible!
Through this blog, I want to share with my readers excerpts of the speech I made on this auspicious occasion:
“…When a cricketer plays his debut match he recalls that on this pitch cricketing greats with the likes of Allan Border, Wasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar played a number of their innings. I too am feeling like that debutant cricketer for before me, on this stage, Mr. Mubashir Ali Zaidi and Ms. Parveen Shah came and shared their thoughts with you….Until yesterday my published articles of 320 was a big enough number for me, but right now I am feeling as if I am beginning my innings without scoring any runs….The women in the audience will better understand that cooking requires the right amount of ingredients cooked at the perfect flame. I have poured in much effort, thoughts and time in writing “Divided Species” and today, as I hold this book in my hands, I feel I am experiencing the taste of food I cooked myself…”
During this Literary Festival I was honored to have received the Certificate of Appreciation from Captain Dr. Attaullah Memon, Director Research and Development, NUST, Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) Karachi. I also met Cazi Mazharuddin Taric, who wrote and published through Daastan “ Anokhay Jahan ki Anokhi Sair.” Also at the occassion I met a young writer, Hassan Mir, whose book “Unbroken Bonds” was among the finalisists in Daastan’s The Stories Untold competition.
Along with Syed Ommer Amer, Founder and CEO, Daastan, I would like to thank NUST’s Farrukh Aqil, Yusra Shah and the entire organizing committee of NUST Literary Festival for giving us writers a platform to share our thoughts with the audience.