Thursday, June 30, 2011

Karachiites turn up in large numbers in Federal-B-Area book fair

Jumbo Editorial Team

The Community Development Department (CDD) of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) gladdened the hearts of the area people by organizing a three-day book fair in the densely populated Federal-B-Area recently.

The Cultural Wing of the CDD mobilized their resources to bring together the leading publishers and booksellers of the city who responded enthusiastically by displaying their products and offering them at substantial discounts.

As in the past, the three-day book fair at Markaz-e-Ilm-o-Saqafat drew large crowds and people of the locality turned in large numbers. With the summer vacations of the students going on, the parents brought in their kids to pick and choose their favourite story books.

The organizers did a commendable job by building a colourful atmosphere which encouraged people to spend more time leisurely away from the worldly worries. There was plenty of fun for the kids who were kept busy in various competitions that also offered them prizes.

The book fair was inaugurated by famous poet and author, Dr Sehar Ansari, who was highly appreciative of the efforts made by the organizers in facilitating the visitors.

Quite a few other movers and shakers of the literary and cultural scene in Karachi besides educationists also visited the book fair, much to the delight of the organizers as well as the participants.

Prominent among those having visited the book fair were Prof Ejaz Ahmed Farooqui, Honorary Secretary, Arts Council of Pakistan, Saif-ur-Rahman Grami, Ex-Secretary, Arts Council of Pakistan, Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Chairman, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Anzar Hussain Zaidi, Chairman, Board of Secondary Education Karachi, and Prof Syed Azfar Rizvi, Chairman, Dhaka Group of Educational Institutions.

Arshad Khan, Deputy Director, Cultural Wing, CDD, who has been instrumental in organizing many book fairs and other events, expressed his satisfaction with the response to his latest venture.

The venue, located in the middle of so many apartments, has been used for hosting book fairs in the past as well but the frequency with which it’s needed to be held to cater to the needs of the area people has yet to be found.

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