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DIVERSITY IN EXPRESSION

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By A. Jafri
Tue, 10, 20

Recently, Pakistan’s first and leading independent publishing house, Markings marked a decade of pioneering work, having published its first title ‘BHV Zoo by Amean J.’ in September 2010...

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We thrive in expression. Freedom of expression is important not only because it is a fundamental human right and a democratic ideal, but also because it leads to newer ideas – diverse ideas and perspectives that change and improve a society and bring prosperity. The value of diversity is true for our culture, too.

Recently, Pakistan’s first and leading independent publishing house, Markings marked a decade of pioneering work, having published its first title ‘BHV Zoo by Amean J.’ in September 2010. To commemorate its decennary, the publishing house announced the launch of ‘The Markings of Pakistan Series’.

CEO Kiran Aman, who laid the blueprint for independent publishing via her signature curated titles and inimitable body of work, will release 6 books under the umbrella of ‘The Markings of Pakistan Series’, to celebrate the 10-year journey. These books will be released over the next few years and will be dedicated to the 6 administrative units of Pakistan: Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The series will take its readers on a cultural adventure across all four provinces and two territories in a way which has never been done before in Pakistan.

Markings was founded by Kiran Aman in 2010 with a vision to nurturing a platform that encourages a diversity of expression, having published books ranging from art, culture, history, corporate and economic design and expansion. It is renowned for their core value of communicating the highest standard of content through aesthetics with their vision to continue to conceive and implement creative and custom design approaches for each of their projects. The company has set itself apart by highlighting different facets of Pakistan through words and images while striving to share untold stories from across the country through a range of independent and branded titles.

In addition to national recognition, Markings has also received international accolades with the publishing house being a three-time award winner at the prestigious International Gourmand Awards in 2014, 2015, and in 2018 while also representing Pakistan at various international literary festivals.

On 10 Years of Markings, Kiran Aman said, “For over a decade, we have invested in our belief in the power of diversity in expression. We have represented our country on the biggest literary platforms, won international awards for books authored by Pakistanis and published in Pakistan, and during this time, we feel we have worked on creating a space for authors, writers, photographers and brands to collaborate and work on projects which truly showcase the best of our country. The pure intention and passion behind our collaborative projects is to celebrate Pakistan’s wardrobe of identities and that which we believe makes up the very unique and wonderful fabric of what it means to be a Pakistani.”

– A. Jafri