National Book Festival in Islamabad

By Zara Mansoor.

This year National Book Foundation has again arranged a book festival in Pak-China friendship center, Islamabad from 6th to 9th April and that is marked as the 9th national book fair.

President Mamnoon Hussain formally inaugurated the National Book Festival by elevating the Book flag. The festival brought a number of appealing things for the book lovers like displaying 130 book stalls, book reading sessions, splashy and spectacular activities for the children.

Publishers from China, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Oman and Azerbaijan are also taking part in the book festival along with more than one-hundred renowned national publishers.

This festival manages to gather a large stock of books for the people to offer them at affordable prices. Because of high prices of books middle class cannot engage itself in reading books by buying. So, this book fair is intended to deal with the low-cost prices of bestsellers and to awake the people from deep slumber by arousing in them the addiction and love of books.

Every year this festival has been visited by a lot of renowned authors, poets and politicians like, Javed Ch, Uxi Mufti, Amjad Islam Amjad, Senator Mushahid Hussain and so on.

This year when I visited the mega fair I encountered with some eminent personalities of Pakistan, Uxi Mufti, Ata ul Haq Qasmi and Mushahid Hussain.

Uxi Mufti is a Pakistani social scientist, folklorist, cultural expert of repute and an Author of a lot of well-known books. His work has been acknowledged even on international level and he has been awarded many national and International awards including the Sitar-e-Imtiaz and the Asia Prize for Culture. He has done his MA Honors in Psychology from Government College Lahore, and PhD in Philosophy in Sociological Thought from the Charles University, Institute of Philosophy, Prague, in 1969.

One year earlier Uxi presented the book “Allah” and clarified the people’s concepts by merging Allah with philosophy and science. For the promotion of this book he visited some colleges of Islamabad included F-7/4 Margalla college. First I saw him there wearing a white “chaadar” on the shoulders. At that time I couldn’t manage to meet him as I wasn’t allowed, restricted by my teachers but I paid attention to the every word he said and decided to read his book.

It saddened me a lot that I wasn’t given the chance to meet even once with the famous author of Pakistan. As I am also a writer so it appeals me to meet those having big names in this field.

After one year, in Pak-China center I met Uxi Mufti by chance and that was the most stunning moment for me, I was having no words to disclose anything in front of that person whom I always wanted to meet. I introduced myself to him and the reaction was striking, he wasn’t self-absorbed, egoistic but of very humble nature. After knowing about my writing skills and experience he started asking more about myself which I found the best of all.

Reluctantly when I bade a farewell to him his last words made my day, what he exactly pronounced was “it was nice meeting you, keep on writing”. His words are still echoing in my mind and will forever.

He is not only a good writer but also a good human being which is above of all.

With Sir “Uxi Mufti”

About Author:

“Zara Mansoor is a student of media studies and based in Islamabad. She is an article writer, blogger and contributes to various magazines. She can be reached at zaroomansoor9@gmail.com

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