Bina Shah At The Second Floor

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/06/Bina01-thumb.jpgThe Second Floor as part of their series “In their Own Voice”, today featured Bina Shah, to read a story from her recently published collection of stories “Blessings” for us. Bina shah is one of the few prominent English fiction writers of our country.

The evening in this vibrant and lively caf√© began with an introduction of an artists who made vibrantly colorful lamps, with beautiful poems inscribed over them. Moments later Bina Shah ran a quick sound check and started out with “The Wedding Of Sundri”, a story which is the part of her collection “Blessings” is of a girl who just touched adolescence and is almost instantly pushed into marriage totally unprepared for the adulthood and is killed hours after her marriage for being “Kari”. She was declared Kari only because “the girl used to play with the boys in the village before she was married”. This spell bounding story which is a typical story of many unfortunate women of our villages left almost mesmerized and in tears.

Afterwards, Bina Shah read a satirical and hilarious piece of her work which described how humiliating and difficult it is, these days to get a US visa. The story brought broad smiles to every one’s face and so the evening concluded with the author signing copies of her book “Blessings” in the end.

The evening was undoubtedly a delightful experience which took away every bit of stress mounted within us from days of work and day to day chores of life. Such events not only help promote our writers but also motivate people to appreciate a good work of art and leaves them totally inspired.

I am really thankful to T2F for such a wonderful evening.

20 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 2:46 am

    WOW – thanks for the review Jamash, I had planned to attend the event but got caught up with other work.


  2. Jamash (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 3:44 am

    My Pleasure :)


  3. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 5:46 am

    Jamash, you never replied to our comments in other threads but here you go :-). You made me laugh seriously.


  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    It was truly a memorable evening. It was satirical piece that had everyone enjoying the most.

    By the way, Jamash where were you sitting? I was one sitting behind the tall guy taking pictures


  5. Sajid (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    Seems like this blog has become spokesperson for t2F, these people are doing good work no doubt, but so many event takes place all around khi, specially arts council which are hardly noticed or mentioned. Why focus just around the events taking place at t2f?


  6. Jamash (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    @ OBI: dear my computer was infected with virus and my antivirus scanning and cleaning my system since last 5 days, a time during which I was unable to use my computer…

    @ Arsalaan: I was sitting by the pillar right behind Zakintosh.


  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    @Sajid you can always use “suggest a story” http://metblogs.com/suggest/?bid=33

    now do your bit and suggest a story..!


  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    furthermore you can post different events on
    http://www.danka.com.pk/karachi/


  9. Sajid (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

    Doctor, its of no use…..so i no longer bother with it!

    The problem is if 10 people use to sit in same room then they’ll talk the same, you are not going to see something new. However if the contribution is from a diversified group of people then you automatically start getting bits and peices from all segments of life.


  10. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    Jamash, were you the one in the red shirt/t-shirt?


  11. Imran (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    Thanks Jamash! Wish i was there.

    Was there any mention of this event at KMB prior to the event?


  12. Jamash (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    @ Arsalaan: I was in white Shirt. I had a black cotton bag on my sholders..


  13. Bina (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Hey, thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoyed the evening.


  14. Jamash (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    My pleasure :)…
    I am deeply honored …


  15. Balma (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    Jamash: I had a black cotton bag on my sholders

    ******* You mean a ladies purse?


  16. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 1:18 am

    Touching factual tale …!


  17. Jamash (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 2:03 am

    @BALMA : It’s not a ladies bag, it is a cotton shopping bag.. But I wouldn’t mind hanging a ladies bag on my shoulder as well, because I don’t see the point why hanging a ladies bag will make me any less human than I already am.


  18. Balma (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    JAMASH: I don’t see the point why hanging a ladies bag will make me any less human than I already am

    ***** OK, OK, but bhaashan achhay daitay ho!


  19. wow (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    well being a foot fetish i liked her feet. she could seduce others. I heard she’s still single?


  20. aj (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 12:57 am

    Thanks for the post jamash. I dropped by via a link in your flickr picture. Great, will have to visit t2f next time I visit Karachi.



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