29 Dec

14th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

For 14th #KHIBookSwap meeting our topic was ‘Urdu Literature’. As usual we gathered at Del Frio on 12th Dec. I was late cos University road was flooded with water as two water pipelines burst near Aziz Bhatti Park. Most of our members couldn’t reach the venue due to the same problem. Best thing was I met two new members Urooj and Alizeh for the first time.

14th #KHIBookSwap Meeting


Urooj’s Review of Quratulain Haider ke Das Behtreen Afsanay

Quratulain Haider is a famous name in Urdu literature. I was actually in search of her very famous novel “Aag ka Darya”, but when I was unable to find it at the book store, I picked up this book which is a collection of 10 short stories written by her. Each story has a different taste. I feel that she has a very unique style of writing; sometimes she amazes the readers with very salees Urdu and sometimes she is so casual that you will feel she is sitting right beside you, having a conversation over a cup of coffee!

My most favorite story from this collection is “Roshni ki Raftar”(speed of light) which is about time travel. The main character is a female scientist who accidentally discovers time travel machine, and seizing the opportunity, she travels to the times of Pharaohs. The diction here is very interesting; the reader feels the as if he is trapped in time along with the main character. Her command on history, culture and fiction writing is evident from this story. I really enjoyed the light sarcasm and funny bits of the story along with historical/­political snippets.


My Review of Manto ke Mutanazeh Afsanay 

Sa’adat  Hasan Manto who needs no introduction, he was a famous Urdu writer of short stories in South Asian history. His stories portrayed dark side of the human psyche and aftermath of Partition of the Indo-Pakistan and that makes him controversial. His famous stories are Khol Do, Thanda Gosht and Toba Tek Singh.

My favorite story was “Khol Do” which is one of the most famous and controversial stories of Manto.  It is one of the masterpiece depicting the effects of violence during the partition of India on the people of the land.  But unlike many others, Manto does not see the perpetrators as Hindu or Muslim, Hindustanis or Pakistanis, he just sees and depicts them as human beings with all their wilderness and barbarity.

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap

16 Dec

What is #KHIBookSwap ?

    For past few years I’ve been trying to do a bookworms meetup where I can invite all the tweeps I know on twitter. I have done three small meetups at Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) at Karachi Expo Center where I’ve met few bookworms in person via twitter. While I was discussing with some tweeps that how and where we can do this last year Ifrah Waqar came up with the idea that we should do a Book Swap so we formed #KhiBookSwap together in 2014. We have so many books in our shelves which we read once and then keep them in our shelves. So me and Ifrah want those books to be swapped cos every other person love different genres and authors. At our monthly meetups we discuss books according to the ‘genre of the month’ and in the end we swap books if anyone wants too cos some people are quite possessive with their books. In August 2015 we have celebrated our first anniversary.

Yours Truly,
Farman Shams.


It is with Farman that my dream of a book club took substantial form and together we initiated a chain of monthly meets and activities under the name of #KHIBookSwap. This book club is not a business to me – the idea is to spread the love of reading and in doing so, create a positive chain-effect for our future generations. I’d like to one day, visit my book club meeting with my children. If you are interested in joining our book community, you can register using the form available online and we will take care of the rest. And as I always says to my fellow bookworms, “Happy Reading to You”!

Ifrah Waqar.