Saturday, 13 February 2016
The three-day 7th Karachi Literature Festival ended last Sunday. Its advertisement had announced: "The Festival is Free and open to all". That was a mean statement, a joke at the public expense. If the organisers had sincerely meant it, they would have located the festival where everybody who wished to come could do so. The venue Beach Luxury Hotel stands in a place (still called Queen's Road) where the richest people live; where you have the most exclusive, snooty Boat Club. The place never had nor will it ever have a bus route, a taxi stand or rickshaws in its vicinity. So how was the public to reach the venue? Or did the organisers think everyone interested in literature owns private transport?