In Halqa-e Arbab-e-Zouqs special session titled “Iss Kitab Main” two new books were discussed. The first one “Andhay ka Roznaamcha” a short stories collection, was from Mubashir Aziz Hassan. Aamir Faraz, the secretary of the Halqa read out a short story from the book. Amjad Tufail afterwards presented an essay that discussed the book in a nutshell. The essay was termed as a flap by Mahmood Gilani who overall dislikes the flap writing. Rashid Misbah admired the way Mubashir used the language to weave his short stories.
The session was presided over by Dr Aalam Khan. Dr Aalam said that Mubashir was a very talented youngster who had gone through a wide range of global literature. And this study made him a remarkable short story writer.
The second book discussed was a collection of poetry “Teray Khyal ka Chaand” from Ahmad Hammad. Hammad recited a Nazm and a Ghazal from his book before Arshad Shaheen read out a detailed essay on the book. Arshad found Hammad to be a poet of a high caliber. He said that the poet had consumed his knowledge in poetry so artistically that the poetry still remained poetry and didn’t become a medley of various disciplines. Shafiq Khan was of the view that Hammad was a different poet and distinct from his peers. He said: “Hammad is a widely-read poet and his study gets reflected through his poetry very well. He has written some exceptional melodramas in poems like “Khaki Shaam” and “Richard Gabriel say aik mukalima”. His art of poetry is at its apogee while composing longer poems.
Aamir Faraz said that Hammad was a strongest agitating voice against the dictatorship, class-society and atrocities carried out by the global powers. Jamshed Imam termed Hammad as the poet of the Cyber Age. He said that Hammad provided the modern age with the sensibility that the cyber age demanded.
Dr Aalam highlighted as the final say that the book was just great to be read. He opined, “There are two prominent strands of which Hammad weaves his poetry. One strand is intellect and the other one is romance.” He wished both the young writers best of luck.
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