Friday, October 21, 2022

Enlightening session with author Raees Fatima

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Eminent literary figure and educationist, Professor Raees Fatima, has distinguished herself by writing columns, stories and novels in an illustrious career spanning quite a few decades. She has authored as many as 16 books in Urdu and she has the willingness to continue writing with the same passion which has been her trademark. 

In an enlightening session with Syed Khalid Mahmood, Chairman, Jumbo Publishing, who is also the Advisor of the National Library Association (NLA), and Farheen Mahmood, a college principal and Vice President, NLA, the celebrated author expressed the desire to have her writing works read by a larger pool of people. 

“As all the 17 titles of mine have become out of stock and the record copies are also shrinking fast, I am open to the idea of these books getting reprinted while I aim to work on a couple of new books as well. I am also interested in having the contents of my book digitalized so that they could be preserved for posterity,” she shared.

“Naturally it’s the dream of every writer or author to have his or her writing work reach a wider audience. I consider myself really fortunate that my books have remained in demand and they were sold out at many of the famous outlets much more quickly than anticipated,” Raees Fatima revealed. 

Talking about her books, she recalled her two travelogues of India in particular which were very warmly received by a large number of her fans and followers. Initially her columns about both the trips were published in Daily Express, one of the leading Urdu newspapers of Pakistan, before their publication in book form on public demand.

Both her travelogues indeed are very crisply written and Raees Fatima has narrated the tales of the historic Indian cities like Delhi, Agra and Ahmedabad which keep the readers captivated. She has described the events in an objective manner, pleading for peace between the two neighbouring countries.

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