The two-time Gourmand Award winning independent publisher Kiran Aman introduces Markings KHUDI – a motivational, inspirational and developmental publishing platform – with the launch of its first Urdu title, ‘Choti Choti Khushiyan‘ as penned and conceived by Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee. Aman will publish books in Urdu and Roman Urdu to bridging the gap between those who understand the language but cannot read it.

‘Choti Choti Khushiyan’ offers a glimpse into the little moments of joy that people in Pakistan treasure such as “gari mein fit aana”, “aik bite mein pani puri”, “mobile mein muft ka balance”, “cinema hall mein qaumi tarana” and “baarish mein pakoray” to name a few. With this launch, Markings KHUDI endeavours to use it as a medium to shed light on the warmth and positivity that envelope our nation.

Born and bred in Karachi, Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee is a graduate in Economics from Duke University and is a self-taught illustrator with Choti Choti Khushiyan being her first published work.

“I hope my book reminds people to cherish the small happy moments instead of waiting for larger significant events. Although Pakistan is a linguistically diverse country, I chose Urdu because I feel it captures the essence of these Choti Choti Khushiyan in the most universally identifiable way for Pakistanis.” said Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee on the launch of her first title.

Speaking about the publishing house’ first title under Markings KHUDI, CEO Markings Kiran Aman has said; “At Markings, we have always prided ourselves on working on that which is bold, unique and original. We believe the launch of #MarkingsKHUDI to be manifest of this ethos and an exciting new step towards the expansion of our publishing into a more widely accessible realm. We are delighted to share our first Illustrated Urdu book #ChotiChotiKhushiyan! – a fun and relatable look into the small things that make life pleasurable. Markings KHUDI will reflect an eclectic assortment of interests in its publishing focus: self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, inspiration, health & healing, development, spirituality and lifestyle. And most importantly, each title will be published in Urdu and Roman Urdu.”

With illustrations by Ruqayya herself in ‘Choti ChotiKhushiyan’, the book layout and design has been done by Samia Fatima at Markings and will be available at Liberty Books and online at for PKR 500 from 14th January 2017 and onwards.


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