Alif by Umera Ahmed


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The story plot of the novel “Alif” sounds very promising. The novel is based on 8 chapters, which is a journey of four characters. Each chapter is build up on letters of a character named “Husn-e-Jahan”.

“Alif touches upon the questions you ask yourself; questions about life and what it means”, Sana Shahnawaz told Something Haute and The Express Tribune. “You’ll see how the lives of all the characters are connected with this single alphabet”.

It is being currently published in a monthly digest and became the first Pakistani Urdu fiction book to be released as an audio book simultaneously. Initially its first part is released and other parts will soon be available. This is a major step towards digitally evolving publication industry in Pakistan, a major one indeed for Pakistani literature.

It is not just a novel or book, Umera has taken this step for one of her most close to heart pieces of work. She is making a comeback after 4 years with the serial as Alif is dramatized by a Pakistani Private Channel and is scheduled to air in December 2018. This series created by Sana Shahnawaz and Samina Humayun Saeed under their newly formed production house Epic Entertainment. It is directed by Haseeb Hassan. It will star Hamza Ali Abbasi and Sajal Aly in lead roles. The principal photography begin in June 2018, with initial filming in Turkey.

Umera Ahmad (عمیرہ احمد‬‎) is a Pakistani author and screenwriter. She has received various awards including Best Writer Award in Lux Style Award for the drama serial Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan. Her most popular books are Pir-e-Kamil and Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan. She is much inspired by the life of civil service and her many writings have civil servants as protagonists.


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