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Street Smart: Professionals on the Street

  • Author: Rumana Husain
  • ISBN: 9789692305617
  • Publisher: Jaal Publications
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2015
  • Format: Paperback – 164 pages
  • Language: English

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Street Smart Professional on the street is Rumana Husain’s second book about the people living in Karachi. In street smart site-authentic first hand documentation of over sixty different street professionals is presented for the first time. This book is therefore an important addition to other books written on various aspects of Karachi, Pakistan, or about South Asia as many of the professionals to be seen on the streets of Karachi are commonly seen in other South Asian cities as well.

The book, which is part of the I Am Karachi campaign, was launched on Thursday evening at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. The evening started with a minute of silence in memory of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud and the 45 people who lost their lives in the attack on a bus of Ismailis at Safoora Goth on Wednesday.

The host of the evening, Aliya Iqbal Naqvi, an assistant professor at the Indus Valley School, said that Husain has faithfully conveyed the narrative of street professionals without tampering it. “Street Smart is a testament to how vibrant and cosmopolitan our city is,” she said. “It is as much a photo essay as a book of text.”

neighbourhood of Kharadar, during Muharram and listen to the azaan on one side and an elegy on the other,” he said. “When I remember those times, I think it was a different world.”

Street Smart is a beautiful portrait of Karachi city painted by Rumana, said Salahuddin. “Will it be possible for our society to function without these street professionals?” By posing this thoughtful question, Salahuddin ended his speech.

Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari, a scholar of medieval archaeology, loved the book title. “Street is a place where civilizations emerged,” he said. “If we cast a glance on the current scenario, streets have been eaten up by encroachers.” He appreciated Husain for picking up the stories of people who earn their livelihood with difficulty and find it hard to make both ends meet. “Street Smart is the first-ever historical reference to this city.”

Author Description

Rumana Husain is a writer, illustrator, and a freelance contributor to national dailies and magazines. She has been an innovative school head and teacher-trainer. She is an Honorary Director on the Board of the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), Honorary General Secretary of the Karachi Conference Foundation, and Founding Member of the ‘I am Karachi’ Society. She has written and illustrated over 60 children’s books and developed many teachers’ manuals. She won the 4th UBL-Jang Literary Excellence Award for Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan which is a part of this graphic stories series.

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