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16 Feb

Saturday Part 1: Karachi Literature Festival

It’s Saturday night and I am rather feverish. Only it’s not the jiving type of fever. I’m baffled and have nothing coherent to say because this day has been a roller coaster of emotions, starting with a love for literature and heading out to the Karachi Literature Festival and ending with a deadly news bulletin.

A sun dappled day at KLF included colourful mural 'Painting for Peace' which the kids more than enjoyed.

A sun dappled day at KLF included colourful mural ‘Painting for Peace’ which the kids more than enjoyed.

I’d like to savour all of what I love at the end of this busy day. So, despite being a fashion journalist I do have a love for literature and books, which makes KLF irresistible. I’ve also always loved Alexander Pope and since my dad is a political cartoonist, I have an inherent fondness for wit and satire. In fact, I’ve often said that if fashion were more populist I’d have been a fashion satirist. But designers don’t like to be the butt of the joke. So moving on…Nadeem Farooq Paracha, Bushra Ansari and Ali Gul Pir did a great job off rounding up the socio-political farce we live in and Beo shared some priceless satire directed at, yes, the fashion industry! There is hope after all!

NFP, Beo Zafar, Bushra Ansari and Ali Gul Pir set the stage for satire At KLF.

NFP, Beo Zafar, Bushra Ansari and Ali Gul Pir set the stage for satire At KLF.

The Afghan Dateline session was a death knell for any Pakistani listening but my day got a bit more interesting as I met an Indian retailer I had wanted to for a long time…coming up in part 2. There was so much to be savoured at KLF, truly a book lover’s paradise. And the scene was totally on, with writers, journalists, readers and

The Haute Team