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Nobody to recall Qissa Khwani’s story

Nobody to recall Qissa Khwani’s story

PESHAWAR – Qissa Khwani bazaar, a hub of storytelling since times immemorial, is losing its reputation and history because of militant activities and rising inflation in the area. The Qissa Khwani bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and for centuries travellers from Afghanistan and sub continent have stopped here to tell stories over cups of tea. The British commissioner Herbert Edwards called it the city of Piccadilly in central Asia.
Discussing the

Travolta relishes ‘untold’ mob story

NEW YORK – John Travolta says his upcoming performance as an infamous New York mafia boss will offer audiences a movie they can’t refuse.
The star, set to play late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti joined director Nick Cassavetes and the mobster’s son John “Junior” Gotti to reveal details about the film “Gotti: Three Generations.”
“This is probably the most interesting untold story in this country. What a character to approach!” Travolta told a press conference in New

Steve Jobs’ life story due in 2012

LOS ANGELES – Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs will allow best-selling author Walter Isaacson, who chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, to publish his biography next year.
The Silicon Valley icon, who has battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer and undertook a liver transplant in 2009, granted exclusive interviews to the biographer over the course of three years — an unprecedented level of access to the CEO. “Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin,

Apple’s Steve Jobs’ life story due in 2012

LOS ANGELES – Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs will allow best-selling author Walter Isaacson, who chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, to publish his biography next year.
The Silicon Valley icon, who has battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer and undertook a liver transplant in 2009, granted exclusive interviews to the biographer over the course of three years — an unprecedented level of access to the CEO.

Pakistan lost in Mohali but inside central jail it’s a different story

KARACHI – Ecstatic, the victorious green shirts felt like dishing out their hearts to their blue-shirted rivals after winning the match… the scenes inside the Karachi Central Prison were wishful thinking for those who had gunned for Pakistan to win the cricket world cup semi-final clash against India on March 30.
These celebrations – after Saturday’s match between Pakistani and Indian teams – were a part of a cricket world cup going on inside the city’s largest prison with

Ajoka presents true story of a woman exchanged for ox

LAHORE – Ajoka presented ‘Kala Maida Bhes’, a play based on the true story of a Sindhi woman who was exchanged for an ox, at Al-Hamra on Thursday. The play, written by Shahid Nadeem and directed by Madeeha Gauhar, is set in a village in the Cholistan desert where drinking water is scarce and the powerful and exploitative “peer” (spiritual chief) controls the only well.
The storyline revolves around the emotions of the woman who has been exchanged. The barrenness of the

Tom Hanks to star in Somali pirate story

Tom Hanks is attached to star as high-seas hero Capt. Richard Phillips in a movie about the rescue of crewmen from an American ship captured by Somali pirates.
Columbia Pictures picked up the life rights to Phillips, as well as his book, in spring 2009. The goal is to retell the story of the captain of the trading vessel Maersk Alabama who, in order to save his crew, surrendered to Somali pirates after his ship was hijacked. The standoff, which commanded worldwide attention,

PAL publishes Faiz’s expatriate life story

Lahore – Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has published a book “Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut” by Tasleem Elahi Zulfi. The book brings new aspects of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s life by focusing on his activities and routine in Beirut during his stay there as an expatriate.
This was announced by PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman in a briefing on Wednesday. Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) organized a series of nationwide seminars on Faiz Ahmed Faiz to celebrate 100 years of his birth. The first

Meherjaan: A Story of War and Love

DHAKA – A Bangladeshi film about a love affair set in the backdrop of the 1971 liberation struggle has stirred up heated debate, prompting the distributor to pull it from cinemas.
Meherjaan – A Story of War and Love, which features some of South Asia’s biggest stars including Victor Banerjee, an Indian actor of Bengali descent, working in Hindi, Bengali and some English language films, and Jaya Bachchan, wife of Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan, was released last month to

‘Eik Beti, Eik Kahani’ – a true story

KARACHI – A telefilm on the real life story of a 16-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and molested by terrorists for two months in the Mingora region early in 2009, was aired recently on the state TV channel. The telefilm titled ‘Eik Beti, Eik Kahani’ is the fifth instalment of the currently running drama series titled ‘Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay’ that is based on real accounts of people who have sacrificed their lives, showing exemplary resilience in the face of terror.
‘Eik Beti,

Discussing traditional art ‘From the Same Story’

KARACHI – An exhibition of artworks of Asif Ahmed titled ‘From the Same Story’ opened at the Chawkandi Art gallery on Tuesday, a press release issued by the gallery said.
“Traditional art itself is the most important subject of discussion in my work,” Ahmed said about his current art show.
The artist meticulously produces drawings and miniatures. The connection between the images for him is a means to question the traditional art values and practices, and their role in the

WikiLeaks founder’s story optioned as feature film

LOS ANGELES – An upcoming biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange isn’t even in stores yet, and it’s already been optioned into a feature film. Plans are under way for Andrew Fowler’s book, “The Most Dangerous Man in the World,” to be turned into a movie.
The Australian reporter first interviewed Assange last May, and his investigative biography is due out later this year. Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions jointly optioned the movie rights. Assange, 39,

Of world cricket and Pakistan’s tragic story

Sports This Week – England brought the curtain down on the Ashes series with a dominating triumph over Australia in the fifth Test. The issue, as it happened, was never in doubt. Australia’s batting had no answer to the English pace attack of Anderson, Tremlett, and Bresnan, supported by the feisty off-spin of Swann.
Anderson is a master swing bowler, with the ability to bowl outswing as well as reverse swing. In Tremlett, England have a bowler who brings the ball down from a

Armenia denies Iran spy story

YEREVAN – Armenia on Friday denied that a US woman reportedly detained in Iran for alleged spying after entering the country from Armenia had ever been to the former Soviet republic.
The woman, identified as Hal Talayan, was initially reported by Iranian media to have been detained after entering Iran with espionage equipment hidden in her teeth.
But later reports contradicted this, saying that she had not been allowed to cross the border between Armenia and Iran because she

‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Social Network’ top film review list

LOS ANGELES – ere are two movies that figure in Hollywood’s Oscar race, and there is good reason why “Toy Story 3” and “The Social Network” are the best-reviewed films of the year.
As 2010 draws to an end, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who received their Oscar nomination ballots this week, will be looking at which movies earned the most stars from critics.
Aimated film “Toy Story 3” is at No 1 with critics, scoring a 99 percent rating based on

MJ’s untold story to be aired

Late singer Michael Jackson shared a special bond with his pet chimpanzee Bubbles.
A special programme telling the story of their friendship is set to be aired on Animal Planet.
Jackson craved for love and affection, but found solace with an unlikely and trusted companion in Bubbles. The animal became famous after accompanying Jackson on his meteoric rise to the top.
The show called ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles – The Untold Story’ chronicles the unseen footage and

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