Scenes from the Lahore Literary Festival 2015.

This phenomenally popular literary and cultural gathering comes only days after a heinous bomb blast in the city left several dead and many others injured on February 17th.

Seeing the smiles and the excitement etched on the faces of the awesome crowd at the event, I was reminded very forcefully of how resilient we are, as a nation. No amount of terrorism or religious extremism can take away our love for and our appreciation of good literature, art and music.

With all the security threats and the sudden terror waves looming all over the city, it was heartening to see so many Lahoris gathering to celebrate culture. Turns out Sir Syed Ahmed Khan (of Aligarh) was not exaggerating when he famously titled Lahoris as zinda-dilane-lahore (lively people of Lahore)!