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Musafir Nawaz Bahutere released

New Delhi: “Musafir Nawaz Bahutere in fact is a social comment on the subcontinent” said Prof Akhtarul Wasey, vice chairman of Urdu Academy Delhi at the book release function of Azim Akhtar’s travelogue of Pakistan Musafir Nawaz Bahutere. He said that it is a novel written in the travelogue form and this prose master piece is so gripping that once you start to read it you will not stop until you have finished it. Referring to travelogues of Sir Syed, Shibli, Mohammad Hussain Azad and Anwer Sadid Dr Khaliq Anjum said this new book by Azim Akhtar is also a travelogue, however when you read it, it looks more like a novel, and creative fiction. It is has both humour and seriousness. He also said that his depiction and comments show that Azim Akhtar has seen Pakistan very closely.

Musafir Nawaz Bahutere released

Speaking on the occasion fiction writer Anjum Usmani said that Azim Akhtar has to his credit humorous articles, a book on Delhi’s poets and a collection of features and now he has come up with a successful novel. Usmani also presented a critical review on the book. B. Shukla a senior IAS officer of Delhi said that in fact Azim Akhtar’s relation with compassion and poetry is very deep.

Shedding light on the reason for writing this book the writer Azim Akhtar said that he has been mentally travelling to Pakistan daily for nine years, as at that time he had officially to write a report reading Pakistani news papers on daily basis. He revealed that most of the installments of this travelogue he had written even before visiting Pakistan. S M Zafar, editor Akif ki Mahfil in which this travelogue was regularly appearing, also spoke on the occasion. The programme was organised jointly by Urdu Press Club and Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 19

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