Indian writer-socialite Shobhaa De has taken Karachi by storm, bringing in a touch of glamour as she flew into the southern Pakistani port city to attend a major literary fest being held in Karachi.
The third Karachi Literature Festival organised by the Oxford University Press and the British Council has became the happening event on Karachi's cultural scene.
"No doubt she (De) has brought a touch of glamour to the festival," designer Shamaeel Ansari said about the 64-year-old Mumbai beauty.
While addressing a session at the ongoing festival, she spoke about Indo-Pak relations and her literary career.
"Indian socialites are curious about how Pakistani women put their outfits together and the long lines of the kurtas. There is no comparison between Pakistani and Indian women when it comes to beauty – the Pakistanis are far more beautiful," she said.
To gel with the culture better, De also revealed that she is planning to attend a sangeet at a mehndi at a farmhouse to get a good look at Karachi society.
De, who is India's one of the top best-selling authors, feels Television is a powerful medium for social change.
"What you say on TV is live and will be there for a long time. So you have to live with the goof-up or factual error you make for the rest of your life," she added.
Keynote speaker, historian and writer William Dalrymple, also proved to be an engrossing presenter, who discussed his upcoming work, The Return of a King, on the first Afghan war held in 1839.