Overheard in Karachi – Karachi Literature Festival

1) Really? Never knew that buffaloes could swim.

  ~ A baffled girl in M. Hanif’ session at KLF

2) Do you plan to write a novel in Urdu

 No, Jis tarah mujhe gali sirf Punjabi mein aati hai, waisay novel sirf angrezi mein aata hai

3) I am a Punjabi and a Sunni, I have a longer life expectancy than other Pakistanis

4) But I forgot to add that I live in Karachi, so cut it little short

5) We did not have any extra-curricular activity in our school, instead we took Principal’s buffalo to the river

6) What was the name of this movie in which a young pretty boy is riding a horse and leading a crusade

~ Speaking of Kingdom of Heaven

7) What are you doing in my session? there is something better going on in other rooms

~ A certain author to a friend

8) Asma Jehangir has told us all the problems, Aasim has told us all the solutions, now all of us should standup and start acting on it. But I have been to enough festivals to realize that nothing will happen, so allow me to continue the talk for a bit.

9) Thori samajh eendi ahai, thori galahin eendi ahai

~ A Sindhi speaking French

 10) Mein ek senior poet ke paas apni poetry ki islaah karwanay gai, par unhoon nai meri islaah pe zyada tawaajah di

11) I have never seen a chikna Munafiq like him

~ Speaking of Zia

 12) Is it true that your poetry will be reduced to 10% if we take 25 certain words from your vocabulary?

Bonus Quotes:

1) How was Lahore Literature Festival?

The girls were cute.

Did they have any brains?

The one sitting next to me, a pretty punjabi girl kept taking selfies in a session on horrors of partition.

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4 Comments on “Overheard in Karachi – Karachi Literature Festival”

  1. February 28, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    hahaha the last one is hilarious! and I was in the ‘chikna munafiq’ wala session! It was the session on Habib Jalib no?

    • February 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

      Indeed. Trying to find a video of the same.

      • February 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

        I have pictures of that session, but I wish I had recorded Habib Jalib’s daughter singing Dastur, that was so beautiful. It gave me goosebumps how the applause just went on and on..

  2. March 1, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Stalk her on facebook 🙂 There are videos from her other events there.

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