Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Maps - Pakistan and more

Maps of Pakistan, from the 1960s.  Have a look.

Recently our University of Virginia catalogers have be adding India, Pakistan, and other South Asian maps to our collection.  These mostly were brought up from the Alderman library basement when it was cleared out in 2010.  They had been there since the mid-1970s along with lots of other stuff (books, magazines, census - in English and other languages).

This post concerns a set of about 50 maps, mainly of taluqs and divisions of Pakistan as it existed around 1967.  They are reproductions based on late 19th century (the 1880s) maps.  They have very basic information - town and village names, roads, rivers, hills, and geographic locations.

The 50-60 Pakistani map do not cover all of the Pakistan area - missing are some places like Karachi, Raulpindi, etc.

More than half are 'new' (new location names with longitude and latitude, etc.) were added to OCLC by one of our catalogers, since none existed before in that database. The language is Sindhi. The company which produced them, and is a good search term, is the "Haqqi Brothers."

Here's the Haqqi Brothers Map list

Have a look at two samples.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pakistani Urdu Cinema - New arrivals June 2012

Have you viewed any of these Pakistani Urdu DVD sets? If you have, or know about them - tell me what you think or anything more about them.  Thanks.  

Four new sets of Pakistani Urdu DVDs arrived within the 6 packages of LC materials on the 19th of June 2012.
(22 June 2012, Philip McEldowney)

K̲h̲ān, Marīnah, Nadeem, Bushra Ansari, Saba Pervaiz, and Jawaid Shaikh.Ḍolī kī āʼe gī bārāt. Karachi: Geo Television Network, 2010.

Fazil, Mohammad Jawed, Sohail Mehmood Butt, Nūrulhudāʹ Shāhu, Talat Hussain, Faisal Qurashi, Momar Rana, Nadeem, Saba Pervaiz, Sania Saeed, and Shabbir Jan.Bebāk. Ep. 1-18. Karachi: HumTV, 2010.

Nawaz, Yasir, Hassan Zia, Vaṣī Shāh, Iffat Omar, Sajid Hassan, Adnan Siddiqui, and Shamoon Abbasi.Thoṛī sī vafā cāhiyʼe vafā jab jafā ban jāʼe to ghar ṭūṭ jāte hain̲ Ep. 1-17. Karachi: Geo Television Network, 2010.

Javed Jabbar, Mehreen Jabbar, Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqi, Māriyah Vasṭī, and Nauman Ejaz.Rāmcand Pākistānī. [Karachi]: Geo Television Network, 2008.

New arrivals 20 June 2012

Two new titles just came in to Alderman Library - which were requested by faculty or staff.  Always nice that requested titles show up quickly.

One is our very own Mehr Farooqi's newly published book "Urdu literary culture : vernacular modernity in the writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari"  Lovely and interesting topic, and lovely cover. See

The other is a 'new' translation of the Arabian Nights or "The Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights" with translator M C Lyons and others. See
and have a good read of the 3 volumes

Enjoy these and other new arrivals in Alderman library, or at your library!