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By Kasim Osmani

Raza Rumi’s Delhi by Heart: Impressions of  Pakistani Traveller was officially launched today at the country’s biggest literary platforms, Karachi Literature Festival, at 1:00 PM at Room 007 of the Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi. The session was moderated by Maryam Wasif and Asif Noorani. In another occasion, author Raza Rumi moderated Dr Rajmohan Gandhi on his book about Punjab.

Author of Delhi by Heart, Raza Rumi (L) with Asif Noorani (Dawn)

Author of Delhi by Heart, Raza Rumi (L) with Asif Noorani (Dawn)

Raza Rumi, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller, opened the discussion on his book. He talked about the composite culture of India and Pakistan. To a question as to why Delhi was chosen to write a book on, Raza humorously replied that Delhi was the place he managed to get visa.

Raza Rumi with Dr Rajmohan Gandhi

Raza Rumi with Dr Rajmohan Gandhi

Speaking about his book and experience in Delhi, Raza Rumi said he had profound affiliation with the culture and history of the people of Indo-Pak. He discouraged the ingrained anti-India sentiments saying there was alot the two nations shared in common. “There is a pluralistic legacy there (in India) which has been brutally killed in Pakistan. Seeing these religions and cultures mix harmoniously makes us wonder that once we too must have lived like this (before partition)”, said Raza.

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