Rawalpindi, September 01, 2019 (PPI-OT): A novel of unique in its style “Anwasi” by Muhammad Hafeez Khan (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) was launched under auspices of Rawalpindi Arts Council. Hafeez Khan is an outstanding critic, playwright, historian, columnist, short story writer and an intellectual. The prestigious ceremony was presided over by international fame poet Iftikhar Arif, famous novelist Khalid Fateh Muhammad was chief guest while senior poet and intellectual Prof Jalil Aali was guest of honour. The session was anchored by Prof Faruukh Nadeem. The speakers include Dr Muhammad Sheraz Dasti, Dr Humaira Ishfaq, Shoib Khaliq, Dr Bibi Ameena, Deputy Director RAC Sajjad Hussain and Munir Fayyaz.
Anawasi is a historical novel that recounts construction of Empress Bridge over Sutlaj River in the late nineteenth century. On one hand, it represents the colonial ways of forceful violent actions, and the other, it shows the moral decline of a defeated community of the Aadam Wahn village. The novel is unique in its style as it not only uses Saraiki words and phrases but also portrays images of nineteenth century Waseb. The strong central character, Sangri, adds some feministic streams to the work.
Addressing at the launching ceremony, Iftikhar Arif said that Hafeez Khan enjoyed prominent place in Urdu literature and his new novel Anwasi presented reflection of society of that era. Novelist Khalid Fateh Muhammad said that it was a historic novel in which psychological issues were presented skillfully. Prof Jalil Aali was off the view that Anwasi is standard novel. Muhammad Hafeez Khan in his remarks about his novel Anwasi said that it was based on true story. Deputy Director RAC Sajjad Hussain thanked distinguished guests in his opening remarks. A large number of literary figures attended the ceremony and termed it memorable.
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