KARACHI: Journalist and author Saba Imtiaz launched her much-anticipated debut novel titled ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me’ on Thursday at Liberty Books, Karachi. Filmmaker and journalist Hasan Zaidi moderated the event.
Published by Random House India, ‘Karachi You Are Killing Me’ rotates around Ayesha Khan, the protagonist of Saba’s novel. Ayesha is a twenty-something reporter in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. The book is about worsening security situation, unrest and violence that take place in ‘city of lights’. “Karachi You’re Killing Me! is Bridget Jones’s Diary meets the Diary of a Social Butterfly, a comedy of manners in a city with none,” it says.
Talking about her novel’s subject Saba said, “The book is entirely a work of fiction. It is not about me. It’s a book about Ayesha, who lives in Karachi. The protagonist and I had fairly little in common by the time I finished writing.” The book is about tales of Karachi showing how it turns violent and horrible, she added.
About her profession she told that she started her career in Karachi. “I don’t think so I could have made it anywhere else.” In reply to a question regarding toughest part of reporting in Karachi, she said, “When you cover Karachi, there’s very little love to cover.”
When asked about her future plans regarding choosing between journalism and book writing, she intends ‘Once a journalist, always a journalist’ kind of approach. “I still see myself a journalist. Because it is the only thing I know. I consider myself more a journalist than an author,” Saba Imtiaz said.
Among others, renowned fashion journalist Mohsin Sayeed was spotted at the book launch. Applauding the subject of book, the fashion guru said, “Its good to see Karachi has started getting its characters published. Karachi has a lot to offer. But thing is that we had not recognise it.” Speaking about the book, he said, “ I haven’t read this book yet but looking forward to do it. Different cities have different characters and tales. Like Karachiites would have to tell dissimilar stories than to Lahorites or Mumbaites.
The event was also graced by defence analyst Ikram Sehgal and well known television personality Ayesha Tammy Haq.
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