27 Aug

KHIBookSwap Turns 2

2 years ago on 16th August 2014, an idea became reality thanks to Ifrah Waqar. With her I formed KHIBookSwap. I just can’t believe that we completed 2 years. This year I met so many awesome people, read some heartwarming poetry by our members submitted for Word Inc. and send KBSSnailMail  to our members in Karachi and Islamabad. Recently we celebrated its 2nd anniversary with all the regular members.

Almost everyone was there on time. Then the never ending conversation started. Ifrah planned some activities for the celebration. She made some book related questions, wrote them on a paper and then every member has to pick one and answer that question which was so much fun!

Another activity was about the book recommendations. She  brought some Twitter Postcards and asked everyone to recommend books to other members.

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Twitter postcards by Ifrah

Maham surprised us some gifts for all the members.

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Gifts by Maham

And in the end we cut the cake…..

KhiBookSwap turns 2

My gifts from the meetup. Book light by Noorulhuda, Harry Potter Wand by Maham and Twitter Postcard by Ifrah.

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My gifts from the meetup

How can our meetup be completed without selfies ?

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Selfie by Fiza

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Selfie by Maham

Once again a BIG THANK YOU to all the people who were present at the 2nd celebration meetup and I hope to see some new members in the next year’s celebration meetup.

Do you want to join our book club ? Click here

Want to know what happened at our 1st year celebration ? Click here

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.

#KhiBookSwap

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”!

Love,
Ifrah Waqar.

26 Sep

1st year celebration of #KHIBookSwap

16th Aug. 2014 is the day when I formed #KHIBookSwap with Ifrah. The basic idea of this book club is to explore new genres and to connect all the book readers I know on twitter.

Alhamdulillah on 16th Aug. 2015 #KHIBookSwap completed its 1st year and we planned a little celebration. I have a idea of doing a book theme photo booth session at the celebration, so I discussed with Maham who is quite good at this. With some help from tumblr, pinterest and Maham I ordered some props for our celebration. After that I realized that we are first book club in Pakistan do to such a thing. We ordered Twix Cake from Sinful Bites. Which was so delicious and everyone likes it.

#KhiBookSwap

Almost all the members were present at the event and lost in their never ending conversations. I was excited as usual. Fizza brings homemade Chocolate Fudge Brownies which was a pleasant surprise for all of us.

First we cut the cake and later on we started our photo booth session and as expected everyone loves it. Here are the some photos from that day.

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Jamal and Ifrah holding props

1st #KhiBookSwap Celebration

Maham – who made all the props

1st #KhiBookSwap Celebration

Me with Ifrah Waqar – Cofounders of #KHIBookSwap

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My #KhiBookSwap Family

And above all selfie is must. . . . or should I say selfies.

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Selfie by Noor

1st #KhiBookSwap Celebration

Selfie by Faiza

Thanks to my book club I’ve found diverse readers like Zeeshan and Jamal, creative people like Areeba, Noor and Maham and there are people who are with us from day one like Fizza and Noorulhuda. I really hope that in coming months I will find more good readers.

Noor Unnahar blogged about our 1st year celebration on her blog.

Thank you Ifrah, Fizza, Fiza, Noorulhuda, Jamal, Zeeshan, Natasha, Yusra, Jadirah, Maham, Areeba, Noor Unnahar and Faiza for making our book club meetings successful.

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap