Hoori Noorani runs the Karachi publishing house Maktaba-e-Danyal, which she inherited from her late father Malik Noorani on his death. Following her early education in Karachi, her love for literature and linguistics led her towards a masters degree in philology, with a major in Russian and World literature, from the People’s Friendship University in Moscow. Upon her return to Karachi after graduating in 1983, she did a short stint as a teacher of Russian language at the Russian Cultural Centre before joining her father’s publishing business. Maktaba-e-Danyal is known for having published renowned authors like Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, Syed Sibte Hassan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Iftikhar Arif, Fehmida Riaz, Habib Jalib and many others. They have also published the works of authors from India. Currently, they are working on a series of translations into Urdu from world Literature as well as Pakistani authors writing in English. Ms Noorani is a trained classical dancer. She has also translated Henrich Borovik’s famous play Interview in Buenos Aires from Russian into Urdu.