18 Mar

7th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

It was a nice sunny day in Karachi. I was so exited about our monthly book club meeting cos I have 8 books to giveaway today and we will be doing a little reading session where everyone has to read some lines from their favorite ‘non-fiction’ book as it was our ‘genre of the month’. We didn’t want to do ‘book of the month’ cos with ‘book of the month’ everyone will be reading the same book and then they will be reviewing it with their own perspective. But with ‘genre of the month’ we have different books by different authors which gives us more choice to explore new author’s work.

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While I was on my way to the venue, Ifrah told me that Del Frio has not enough space for us to do a meetup so we changed the venue to Gloria Jean’s Coffee and updated everyone on our facebook group. When I reached at the Gloria Jean’s Coffee, I met Fizza and Ifrah after few mins. Jamal and Yusra have joined us too.  We order some food and then officially started our meetup. Ifrah started first with reading few lines from her favorite non-fiction book ‘How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Anne Berest.‘ This book explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can.

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Ifrah reading from ‘How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are’

Her review about the book:

Not just your average-coffee-table book but also a self-help journey with four women who explore the many facets of female life and tell you exactly how-to, when-to and where-to! If you are looking for a light-read but still want to learn a few cool hacks this book will be right up your alley.

P.S – The recipes are to die for!

Then it was Jamal’s turn. He has ‘The Fifth Miracle The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life by Paul Davies.‘ The book was about the search for the Origin of Life.

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Jamal reading from ‘The Fifth Miracle”

His review about the book:

Well the book 5th Miracle is about the origins of life on earth. Written by Paul Davies, the book explores how life grew up on earth and attempts to explain why Universe has a pro life bias and its natural progression is towards complex life forms.

It’s very well written with the layman in mind

After Jamal, Fizza shared her non-fiction book which was ‘Charagh Talay by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi.‘ It’s an Urdu humorous book.

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Fizza reading few lines from ‘Charagh Talay’

Her review about the book:

Yousufi has written many humorous books, in Charagh Talay he discusses situations that many of us face in our daily lives and people reactions to them but he turns them all in a classic humor. He reasons his stance not only by humor but facts too. So all in all it’s a good light read and a reflection of your culture.

Yusra shared her favorite non-fiction book ‘Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex Von Tunzelmann.‘ The book covers the end of the British Empire and the partition of the Indian subcontinent that resulted in thousands of deaths.

Her review about the book:

This is a must read book for all the history fans out there who want the real deal. It is a deliciously succulent and neutral narrative of the indo-pak history with vivid characterization of the key players. It gives you all the behind-the-scene details that our history books sadly miss on. A treat to read!

After that it was my turn to share my book for the ‘genre of the month’. I have ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.‘ The book covers all about life, the universe and everything in between. I have this book as an ebook so I read it from my mobile.

My review about the book:

It’s quite fascinating and informative and accessible book on the history of the natural sciences. This is a history of pretty much everything there is — the planet, the solar system, the universe, astronomy, zoology. Topics are very well arranged and deeply researched.

In between our discussion Natasha joined us, who is a doctor and a blogger. She loves to read almost all genres. There was a little surprise which I saved for the last. At our last meetup at KLF, Zeeshan joined us for the first time all the way from Hyderabad and then he shared his views about the meetup in his blog post. He loved concept of the book club and sent few books for our members.

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Books gifted by Zeeshan

He also shared his favorite non-fiction book with us virtually. The book was ‘The Race of My Life: An Autobiography by Milkha Singh.’ It is the autobiography of Indian athlete Milkha Singh.

His review about the book:

The story of Milkha Singh. What a man. I had been reading about him, and then saw the film when it came out, and he inspired me so much. How Partition changed his life forever, and the struggle that followed and everything else. It’s well-written too. Loved it.

In the end we had this group photo. Just to freeze that moment in time.

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From left: Ifrah,Fizza,Natasha,Yusra,Jamal & me

It was one memorable meetup for me as our group is expanding, Alhamdulillah! After the meetup I shared some suggestions with Ifrah and in our next we will be doing something new, InshaAllah!

Bonus: While editing these pictures, I found some useful tips in ‘How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are‘ reviewed by Ifrah.

-Throw coffee grounds down the drain, never in the bin. They help decrease the plumbing and remove bad smells.

-Aspirin in the water makes your roses live a little longer.

-New shoes can be slippery. Catwalk pros put up the soles with a knife – but rubbing them with half a raw potato works just as well.

-To give your hair that extra shine, use half a cup of white wine vinegar – simply pour it over your hair and rinse.

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap