Virsa is a Gourmand Awards winner in three categories and would represent Pakistan at the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards in these categories.
A12 – First Cook Book
C02 – International
D07- Food Heritage
About the Book
Virsa a culinary journey from Agra to Karachi
This book is a collection of recipes that are the author, Shehar Bano’s family heritage and hence the name “Virsa” which means “Heritage” in Urdu language. Food is undoubtedly an essential part of the culture in Pakistan. From Karachi to Khyber, the conversations change from Nihari to Chapli Kebabs, but they still revolve around food. “Virsa – a culinary journey from Agra to Karachi” has some delicious recipes and memories from a foodie family.
The Reason Behind Writing This Book
Losing a parent is a life-changing event. It makes you ponder over every little detail and everything you could have and should have done to make them proud. I lost my father Dr. Hasan Rizvi, to lung cancer in September 2014. He was an Ophthalmologist by profession and a philanthropist at heart. His passing left us all completely devastated. I always wished Abbo could see what his children have become, and what his children have done to carry on his legacy after his demise. However, I want Ammi to be happy today and forever, so I wrote this book.
About the Author
Shehar Bano Rizvi is a Karachi girl who was born and raised in the city of lights. Her family originally hails from Agra, India but her grandparents migrated to Karachi, after the partition of the Indian subcontinent.
She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Software Engineer by profession. A Pakistani expat living in Qatar for over 16 years, whose maternal instincts took over her career aspirations leading her to give up her high-profile banking career to be a hands-on mother. She is now a mother of three beautiful children – Amna, Hamza, and Hassan.
Virsa in Press
Qatar Tribune: Qatar-based Pakistani writer donates entire proceeds from her culinary book to eye trust
To read the interview click here. https://www.qatar-tribune.com/news-details/id/222076/qatar-based-pakistani-writer-donates-entire-proceeds-from-her-culinary-book-to-eye-trust
Interview in March 2021 Issue of Hello Pakistan
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Hello Pakistan: Shehar Bano Rizvi’s Homage to Heritage Takes Readers By Storm ‘Virsa – A Culinary Journey From Agra To Karachi’ Represents Home Away From Home
International blogger and photographer Shehar Bano Rizvi recently launched her cookbook ‘Virsa – A Culinary Journey From Agra To Karachi’. As an homage to her
Inspired by her cultural background. Rizvi named the book ‘Virsa’ which means ‘Heritage’ in Urdu. The book is an ode to the author’s family heritage,
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