22 Feb

16th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

As February is the month of Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) we decided to do our 16th #KHIBookSwap meeting at KLF. Our topic was ‘Share Your Writings’, where our members shared their prose or poetry with us. If they did not write then they can share their favorite quotes from any book they like.

We all gathered in the garden area at Beach Luxury Hotel, where I met lots of new members including the one member who was there from Islamabad.

Maham was the first person to share her writing.

Broken pieces

“All this time, I waited. Waited for you to pick up the pieces of me and put them together. To find the beauty that lay underneath my scarred skin. To trace the sharp edges left by tears and broken dreams, knowing that you could get cut.
But you never did. And oh, how it tore me apart.
But I see it now. How could I have been so selfish, so self-involved? Demanding my pain to be felt and eclipsing yours?
You’re just as broken as I am. Your scars run just as deep. They tell stories that no one ever bothered to hear. Leaving all things unsaid, unlived, etched onto your face.
And today I realized. How perfectly our broken pieces fit together. Our scars, combined, are beautiful. Our stories, our dreams, our words, lead each other to magical places.
And now I know, that being broken, is okay. It’s okay if we’re confused or lost. Because I know that we’ll find each other sooner or later. And that wanting to be loved, is okay. Because I know that you’ll love me as fiercely, as you taught me to love myself. “

Then Gulzaib shared her poetry

I was sorry after I struck him with my harsh words

His silence echoed in my heart

He kept on throwing his sweet pebbles on me

Unaware they were making a hole in me

Didn’t know my heart was absorbing those sweet, sweet pebbles

And making a path for him

 

The touch of his fingertips seemed even more accurate

His touch made my skin to soothe

After that fierce devouring affection it once touched

It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good

Wish I would’ve opened my door before

 

Now all I see is my reflection in his blood

It bleeds me from him

I drown at the bottom of the ocean in cold darkness again and again

Oh, stop a little please, I beg you to stop

Come back to me from distant shore

I promise it’ll be a course a centuries

Zeeshan shared few lines from his story ‘The Research’

“Jeremiah Dalton didn’t disappear, he slowly faded away. You disappear when people know you, or remember you. Jeremiah was never a popular man; in fact he was loathed by a lot of people.”  

I shared my favorite quotes from different books

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender.”
― Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

“There is only one sin. And that is theft… when you tell a lie; you steal someone’s right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on.”
― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

16th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

16th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

It was a great meetup, met six new members at KLF. Very soon we will be launching our yearly magazine with all the writings shared by our members and other news of our book club.

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap

14 Oct

#KBSKitabReview so far

On 21st July we started a hashtag series on instagram called ‘KBSKitabReview‘. The basic idea of starting this series is to help readers to select their next book to read. So here are the some reviews we have received so far.

The Sky is Falling & The Fifth Miracle Review by me. . .

#KBSKitabReview

#KBSKitabReview

  The Sky is Falling: This is my first book by Sidney Sheldon. The novel is about Dana Evans, a TV anchorwomen trying to find the killer who murdered the Winthrop family. The use of suspense is gripping & eye-popping. The writing is lucid that keeps you hooked till the end. Genre: fiction, thriller Rating: 4/5 The Fifth Miracle: The origin of life is one of the major puzzles that science is trying to solve since the dawn of human history. Paul Davies manages to engage the reader in an incredibly referenced & thoroughly researched exploration into life on other planets. Highly Recommended! Genre: non-fiction, sci-fi Rating: 4.5/5

Dil usy dhoond laya hai review by Areeba

 It’s a compilation of different afsany. It’s VERY WELL written, the characters and the dialogs are fantastic. Picking Asya Razaqqi for the first time was worth it. My rating: 4/5. Not full stars because a few afsany were written in same tone. Genre: Short stories

Notes from the Underground Review by Fiza Mari

A VERY WELL WRITTEN book about an isolated man who starts writing to an anonymous audience (believing he will never have readers) about his life, his confessions, his contradictory behavior and the inability to cope up with the society around him and how he believes that his intelligence is the reason of his misery and isolation. What makes this book so realistic is the fact that there are people who actually live such miserable lives. Do give it a read! Genre: philosophy Rating: 4.5/5

Past Imperfect Review by Raahat

I finished reading ‘Past Imperfect’ by Julian Fellows last night. “A gloriously funny, bumpy ride through the modern times”. The novel takes us back to the Season of 1968 and its lavish balls and parties, to the debutantes, to the eligible men who accompanied them. Damian Baxter is filthy rich (new money) but he has one concern which is becoming more urgent as the weeks go by and he gets nearer to his death, who should inherit his fortune. he doesn’t think he has any children but one day, a letter from an ex-GF suggests he may have fathered a child, the letter is anonymous, he needs someone to find out who the woman is, and that someone is Damian’s sworn enemy. it’s truly a bumpy ride, the balls, and the scenarios. I’d give it 3.9/5. Genre: Fiction

FanGirl Review by Manal

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A weak plot so it falls behind in the list of good contemporary novels but over all a nicely written young-adult. Rowell can do better. 2/5.

Manuscript found in Accra Review by Noor Unnahar

My newly found love: philosophy genre. It’s probably because I’ve been reading too much from Paulo Coelho. This book was the best one, after The Alchemist. If you’re looking for a quotes-and-wisdom filled nostalgic read, then Manuscript Found in Accra is a tremendous book. I rate it: 5/5
 

Karachi, You’re Killing Me! Review by Manal

Reading this book was like reading someone’s diary who’s very VERY whiny. Kind of funny at only a few parts. Waste of time otherwise. Horrible ending. 1/5.
 

Shadow and Bone Review by Manal

BEST BOOK EVER. The plot, the characters; everythingg! If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games & Divergent trilogy, you should definitely give a read. Lastly, before this book goes mainstream; calling dibs on Darkling and Mal both.  5/5 Genre: Fantasy.
You can also submit your book reviews by uploading a picture of a book cover on your instagram, write a short review with genre and it’s rating out 5 and tag it with #KBSKitabReview. You can find us on instagram to follow this series.
Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap
07 Aug

10th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

For the 10th KhiBookSwap meetup we had ‘Paulo Coelho’ as our author of the month. So our members shared his book reviews.

Areeba’s Review of The Witch of Portobello

“The Witch of Portobello is a typical Paulo Coelho fancy worded, preach-ish book with a touch of mystery. Based on female goddesses, nature, gypsies and women who are restless and looking for their life’s purpose. Perfect for people who are interested in spiritual reads, else it’s slightly (or more than that) boring that you might wanna sleep halfway through it.”

Noor’s Review of The Alchemist

“The Alchemist, a journey of a young boy who travels to Egypt in search of a treasure. This journey turns out to be life changing with Paulo Coelho’s enchanting words and simple style, this book is one of my ultimate favorite books.”

Jadirah’s Review of The Zahir

“The Zahir is full of life and relationship lessons, but I found it to be a slow read. The only thing commendable was Paulo Coelho’s choice of words and well; he is known for his quotable quotes. The story itself had no climax, felt unnecessarily dragged and came to a boring end.”

Ifrah’s Review of Life: Selected Quotations

“The ideal book for your night-stand! A collection of Coelho’s most loved and influential quotations, perfect for when you are searching for some sustenance for the soul.”

Jamal’s Review about Paulo Coelho

“Paulo Coelho, though I have read little is someone whom I might never read. The poetic prose and the airiness or the content makes it ideal to find meaning in places where none exists. Is it good for Facebook quotations …yes. Can you quote it to impress your date and act all superior, yes. But if you are a political history and thriller fan like me than try as you might, you can’t read Paulo Coelho.”

Maham’s Review of The Pilgrimage

“The book which I read for this month was The Pilgrimage. It tells the story about Paulo’s self-discovering journey through Spain, on the road to Santiago. And how he uncovers the secret of a happy life through finding joy in the simplest of things.”

My Review of Manuscript Found in Accra

“Those who are familiar with Coelho’s work know that we must read between the lines to get the message. This book, however, answers the questions that we all make to ourselves at least once in our lives. It’s amazing to think how many manuscripts such as these were lost to us generations ago–that many scholars’ thoughts and advice are lost to the ravages of time.

10th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

We love Paulo Coelho – PC: Faiza Yousaf

Group photo at the end of our meeting.

10th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

10th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap