Critical Reading Circle

Critical Reading Circle

We are a group of reading/book lovers located in Mardan, dedicated to fostering learning through lit

Operating as usual


Hello everyone!

CRC is going to have its next session on Doubt a play by John Patrick Shanley on Thursday, 2nd June at 6 pm.
Venue: Bakery Cafe Mardan.
Text us if you want to join in the coming session and also if you want a PDF of the play we can provide that as well.


Moved Temporarily

Critical Reading Circle will have another session before the start of Ramzan, on 1st April, at Bakery Cafe Mardan, at 3:00 PM.
The reading for the coming session is a play by John Patrick Shanley titled, "Doubt: A Parable".
Do register with us through the link provided in the post to join in for the coming session.

PS: those who want a PDF copy of the play can easily find it on Google or they can contact us through our page for the PDF.

Moved Temporarily


Critical Reading Circle is going to hold its second in-person session on 11th March, at 2:30 pm, at Bakery Cafe Mardan.
Readings under discussion will be three short stories:
one Urdu short story "Bombay Wall" (بامبے وال) by Ghulam Abbas,
"The Wall" by Sartre,
and "The Coffee-House of Surat" by Tolstoy.
These will take a few minutes each to read.

For joining us in the coming session it is necessary to click on the given link and register yourself for the session.

PS: do contact us through the Whatsapp number given in the page for the PDF files of these short stories to read.

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 11/02/2022

After a long break due to the pandemic, Critical Reading Circle had its in person session today. We had an interesting discussion over one of the master pieces by Kafka, The Metamorphosis.
We extend our gratitude to our very esteemed and special guest Sir Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah (Principal Jahanzeb College Swat), for joining us all the way from Swat.

Thank you to all members who came today and we would like to see many more of you in our coming session in March, stay tuned for more updates.

Here are a few glimpses of today's event:

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Hi everyone!
Our reading session registration will close around 1 pm tomorrow, so get yourself registered if you want to join us.

Here's the link:

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For those who may find it hard to find registration link given in the event details, here is the registration forms link:

Event is on 11th Feb, at Zanzibar Restaurant, Muqam Chowk, Mardan from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.
Only registered candidates will be allowed, so do make sure you register before coming to the event.

PS: there is no registeration fee, you would only need to provide a few details.

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Hello folks!

We hope you all are doing well. 2021 has been a very hectic and eccentric year for all of us. But with the start of this new year, CRC is here to announce that it has no affiliation with any institution and from now onwards it is going to operate as an independent organization, for promoting reading culture and critical thinking.

With this new beginning, we are also going to hold an in-person book session in the first week of February. The selected book for reading is Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The book is a very short mesmerizing piece of written art by Franz Kafka.

The venue, date, and time of the session will be shared later. Anyone who wants to join in the session is most welcome.

PS: Keep an eye on the page for further details about the coming session.

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 02/06/2021

Critical Reading Circle celebrated its second anniversary with the presence of Dr. Abaseen Yousufzai Saib. A renowned Pashtoon poet and academian. The session was held on "Da Ghani Jwand ao Fan" (Ghani Khan, his Art and Life). It was a highly interesting session, which was prolonged to two hours due to the interactive one hour long Question Answer session of the CRC members with Dr. Abaseen Yousafzai Saib.

We thank Abaseen Saib for his generosity that he gave us his precious time. And we also thank all our dedicated members of Critical Reading Circle, who have been persistent throughout these two years. In sha Allah, there are many more such important sessions and other surprises coming up, so stay tuned for that.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Syed Attia, Founder of Critical Reading Circle, Ali Khan Yousafzai, and Ataurrahman Co-founder of Critical Reading Circle. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to come this far. We thank them for their sheer commitment, enthusiasm, and hard work that they did and are still doing for CRC.

Here are some glimpses from the event. And many more anniversaries to come in sha Allah!


Wednesday June 2, 2021. CRC second anniversary celebration with Abaseen Yousufzai Saib. The session will be held online.

Those who are interested should message us for link and timing details.


There is something exciting coming up guys!

CRC has arranged its belated second anniversary session with the great Abaseen Yousafzai on Pashto Literature in General and Ghani Khan in Specific on coming Wednesday, on 2nd June.

More details will be shared later on.


The next reading of our coming virtual session is The Future of Mankind by Bertrand Russell.
The session will be on Sunday, 14th February at 8 pm. We are for the first time making this session public for those who are avid readers and are interested in literary gatherings and discussions.
So, those who are interested in attending the session can message us for the link to the Zoom session.

Thank you.


Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 30/06/2020

So today we celebrated online the birthday of the person who is the reason behind the creation of Critical Reading Circle. She is the person to whom we all go in our times of troubles. She is a teacher, a mentor, and a motivation to all of us. She is the person who sparked the sense of reading in us and who motivated and inspired us in many ways, individually with her personality and with CRC.
Thank you so much for providing us with such an amazing platform where we all can grow and where all readers come to express their views and learn new things.

We wish you a very happy Birthday Ma'am ! And we wish you many many many happy returns of the day and much success in life. Shine bright and always shed your light on us like this. ❤️

Photos from Awkum Voice's post 02/06/2020

Thank you Awkum Voice for acknowledging our efforts!

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 03/05/2020

Hello Everyone!

On the 29th of April it was Critical Reading Circle's First Anniversary. We had many plans for the grand celebration of our first anniversary, but due to lockdown it was not possible, so we had an online event. We were joined by Miss Intibah Murtafeh from India, who is an English Major from NEHU and is an entrepreneur running her Book Lending café by the name of Zauq, which she also uses as a platform for storytelling.

It was a wonderful experience for the members and we thank Miss Intibah for joining us, and we hope that one day CRC would also provide such a platform for public storytelling and literature, where everyone is heard without any judgements.

It has been a year since we have established Critical Reading Circle and this is just the beginning, there is more and more to come.

Thank you everyone for being part of CRC. And yes, We Want Book In Every Hand.


Hello everyone!
Hope you're doing great.
We've already discussed 1st five chapters of "Animal Farm", now we'll be discussing the remaining 5 chapters for our next reading session.
Finish your book quickly and let's meet on Tuesday, March 10.
Time and venue will be announced soon.
Good Luck!

Regards: Critical Reading Circle.


Our next read is "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. We'll discuss the first 5 chapters of the book on Thursday, February 27, 2020 InshaAllah.
Venue: Literary Society Hall (English dept AWKUM).
Time: 2 o'clock sharp. (kindly reach before 2 o'clock).

P.S. Please make sure all of you have your own copy of the book.


Our next read is "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. We'll discuss the first 5 chapters of the book on Thursday 27th February, 2020 InshaAllah. The venue and time will be decided later.

P.S. Please make sure all of you have your own copy of the book.


Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 14/02/2020

Critical Reading Circle had an event called, "A Blind Date With a Book" where each member brought along a book covered in a white paper and then the books were all gathered and everyone selected a book anonymously not knowing which book and from whom are they going to get. It was an extremely interesting event sponsored by our teacher and esteemed founder of CRC Ma'am Syed Attia.
Moreover, the presence of our honorable teachers and our leaders, Sir Mujahid Shah (Chairman of English Department AWKUM), Sir Dr Muazzam Shareef and Sir Rafiq graced the event. They presented their valuable views on the importance of reading in life, and motivated us with their presence and support.
Blind Date With a Book was an amazing and interesting event in which members recieved unexpected books anonymously.
Furthermore, our members also shared their own writeups and recitals with teachers and members.
We are grateful to all our teachers for their extraordinary support, and our members for their love and interest towards literature.
Here are a few glimpses from the event.


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"It is a constant battle, he thought to himself. To be torn between two extremes. To give and give in form of all the possible varieties of actions of love and yet that void is never satiated. The constant indifference of a loved one to the understanding of the other being. This is surely not love. Love doesn't leave you exhausted, it doesn't deprive you of all your energy, instead it is the constant refilling of it. Love is very understanding and not selfish at all."


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In a letter to Abia Root, Dickinson once asked,
"Does not eternity appear dreadful to you... I often get thinking of it and it seems so dark to me that I almost wish there was no eternity. To think that we must forever live and never cease to be. It seems a if Death, which all so dread because it launches us upon an unknown world would be a relief to so endless a state of existence."

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 01/01/2020

Critical Reading Circle had a meeting today about the coming event on 8th January.

We also had lunch at Shelton and the duties were handed to the founding members, and Chief Organizers. We also had a new member Nida khan as volunteer worker with organizing staff of CRC.

Stay tuned for more updates!


We need efforts like these! Critical Reading Circle is playing it's own part as well.

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 18/12/2019

And here are a few pictures with our inspirational, Ma'am Syed Attia Founder of the Critical Reading Circle after the session.

And yes! !

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 18/12/2019

Critical Reading Circle had an amazing session today at the main cafeteria AWKUM.

The discussion was on Kainat Hameed Khan's selected poems, the members brought interesting and diverse views regarding critical analysis of the poem.
Moreover, with the presence of Chief Organizer and his team, we discussed about the arrangements of coming event.

Critical Reading Circle had an amazing session today and here are a few glimpses of the session.
Thank you!


Hello everyone!

Our next session is on Wednesday.
Timing: 2 to 3 o'clock
Venue: Main Cafeteria AWKUM.
Topic of discussion: Kainat Hameed Khan's selected poems.

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 10/12/2019

We are proud of our founder Syed Attia.

PS: don't forget to join us tomorrow on 12:30 at Literary Society Hall first floor English Department AWKUM.

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 10/12/2019

Our founding member Ali stood first in the essay writing competition throughout kp organized by NAB.


Hello everyone!

We hope you all are doing great.

So, our founder Syed Attia is back from Nepal last week and we've decided that our next session is going to be this Wednesday, 11th Dec, at 12:30 pm. The session will take place at Literary Society Hall on first floor English Department AWKUM as usual.

Topic of discussion is The second part of the play, The Domestic Crusaders.

Timing of session: the session will begin at 12:30 and will end at 2 pm. The timing of each coming sessions are going to be one and a half hour.

We will be looking forward to your participation for the coming session, and yes, we might have a surprising and interesting news for our members in the coming session.

Do join us on Wednesday!


Literary Society, Department of English, AWKUM extends an open invitation to all the AWKUM students.
The event is on Thursday, on 10 am, at Main Hall, Department Of English.


"Envy. The engine that drives it is the burning resentment of another person's superiority. And envy is so subtle a disease that those worst afflicted by it believe themselves to be wholly immune to it, and are loudest in proclaiming how much they suffer from the narrow prejudices of others. Even the great Tolstoy suffered from it and attacked Shakespeare, possibly because he found no one else greater than himself that he could be envious of."

~Zulfiqar Ghose, 'Orwell and I'.


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Isn't it interesting?


We had an amazing session today at our English Department. We discussed all the prominent themes of the play, 'The Domestic Crusaders'. Everyone shared their own views about how all of us are becoming victims to hybrid identity and what effects it bring in our daily lives and actions.

The play has a sarcastic tone, but we all actually agreed in the end that it is tragic-comedy.

It is absolutely on of the most amazing and quite interesting play, plus it is very relatable, especially for the South Asian people. We literally enjoyed each and every dialogue.

In sha Allah next session will be arranged in the upcoming month. Till than stay tuned.

PS:Sadly, we didn't take any pictures of today's session.


Hello Everyone!

Our next session is tomorrow at Literary Society Hall (English Department) at 1 o'clock.
The text that's under discussion tomorrow is 'The Domestic Crusaders' by 'Wajahat Ali'.

So, see you all tomorrow then!


Hello everyone!

So what are you reading these days?
Share your favorite quotes with us from your current read.

Photos from Critical Reading Circle's post 17/10/2019

Critical Reading Circle had an amazing session today. We were joined by some of our new enthusiastic members, the session was quite interesting and we couldn't stop having discourse. We talked over so many topics /themes of our today's story (I Stand Here Ironing).
We had diverse views from different members over issues that are relatable with our today's situation, like Feminism, Gender Roles and equality, psychological grooment of children and so many more.
Critical Reading Circle is looking forward to arrange more of such sessions and different literary events in Mardan and AWKUM.

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