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The sixth Karachi Literary Festival, which concluded last Sunday, attracted an estimated 80,000 book lovers. How does one reconcile their enthusiasm for reading with the fact book reading has drastically declined? On the one hand, such festivals have become very popular throughout the country, not only in big cities like Islamabad and Lahore but even smaller ones. Khairpur had an international literature festival and Gwadar had a book festival last month. There are children's book festivals and of course college and school book festivals. On the other hand, it is a disturbing fact that fewer people are reading books.

ImageAn irresistible alluring quality of Sadequain's charismatic artworks will mesmerise the art world with their dramatic and philosophical treatment forever. His artworks in every genre of art fascinate and awaken a response in the viewers. Sadequians glamour entices people to visit the gallery where his artworks are displayed.
Danuta Roman is channelling her inner Vincent van Gogh. She applies short brushstrokes of azure, turquoise and Payne's grey to mimic water reflections on an oil painting by the Dutch master.
People seeking knowledge and understanding of literature on various topics and languages attended Karachi Literature Festival 2015 (KLF), which reflects our historical, literary and cultural roots. People got an opportunity to go through works of celebrated authors writing in diverse languages, genres and traditions. They meet and listen to some of the most eminent critics, writers and scholars of national and international fame at the three-day festival, which is being held annually for the past six years.
Facebook? Of course. Books? Definitely not. Video games? For sure. Sport? No way. Speed? Yes. Patience? Not so much. This, in a nutshell, is the life of the "Generation Z" - independent, stubborn, pragmatic and always in a rush. Numbering around two billion, these youngsters, born after 1995 and unaware of a world without Internet, live a life that seems a million miles removed from the hopes, dreams and morals of previous generations.
You don't become a star with the wave of a magic wand. Before Hollywood's awards shows climaxing with next week's Oscars, an army of makeup artists and coiffeurs work for weeks to perfect what you see on the red carpet. Sabrina Bedrani is one of these magic fairies. The Frenchwoman first made her name in the fashion industry, working with top photographers like Peter Lindbergh, before moving to Los Angeles, where she rapidly became one of the most sought-after makeup artists in Hollywood, with clients including Julianne Moore, Heidi Klum and Felicity Jones.
Boyhood was rewarded with three Golden Globes for its groundbreaking approach to storytelling: showing life, and its changes, over 12 years of real time. Twelve years ago, director Richard Linklater assembled the film's core cast: his daughter Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane as a young sister and brother, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as their divorced parents. He filmed them for one week a year, every subsequent year.


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