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Pakistani author to release book over Skype

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Oct 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Dhachuli (Uttarakhand), October 25: Pakistani author Kanza Javed, denied a visa to take part in the Kumaon literary festival, will release her book here over a Skype session on Sunday. The author’s debut book is “Ashes, Wine and Dust”. Javed was denied an Indian visa she sought to take part in the five-day festival that was iugurated on Friday. Talking to IANS, festival director Sumant Batra said the book will be released through Skype. “It’s not about scoring a point. From the festival point of view, we cannot deprive an author of taking part in the book’s release,” said Batra, adding that he did his best to secure the visa for the author. “However, it’s the discretion of the government and the Indian high commission to grant the visa,” he said. However, the author’s father and brother were given visas. The 24-year-old Javed’s book is already shortlisted for prestigious Tabor Jones South Asian prize. Aanchal Malhotra of Tara, publisher of the book, said the Kumaon festival would have been the perfect platform to launch the young author’s book which questions the norms of society. “It’s sad that she couldn’t come for the launch. The book is all about how to grow up as a young woman in Pakistan. The book is dedicated to free thinking women in Pakistan,” said Malhotra. (IANS)

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