Denied Visa to India, Pakistani Novelist Launches Book on Skype 

Pakistani novelist, Kanza Javed launched her book on Skype. She was denied a visa to India for the Kumaon Lit Fest. 

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Kanza Javed launches Ashes, Wine and Dust over Skype at the Kumaon Literary Festival. (Courtesy: Facebook/ <a href=";theater">Kumaon Literary Festival</a>)

Kanza Javed, a Pakistani novelist, was denied an Indian visa to participate in the Kumaon Literary Festival. Undaunted, she launched her novel, Ashes, Wine and Dust, over Skype from her home in Lahore, the Times of India reported.

The book was released by Aanchal Malhotra of Tara-India Research, the organisation which published the book. Ashes, Wine and Dust had been shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia prize.

In the Skype conversation, 24-year-old Javed outlined briefly the plot of her book. On being asked what it felt like being shortlisted for a major award while still so young, Javed said she was overwhelmed. No one in her family is a writer, and none of her friends are writers either. She said that not winning was an enriching experience as what she received instead was constructive criticism from the judges.

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