21 May

Word Inc. Vol. 1

Word Inc. is a place where people who love books, and people who love to write, come together. They tell tales, recite poetry and speak their hearts out. Long, short, spontaneous, designed. Doesn’t matter. Everything is included.

Recently we selected ‘Share Your Writings’ as our topic of the month and our members shared their prose and poetry. We have received so many submissions that we decided to put them all in a magazine with other news about our book club. So I hope you’ll love reading it. This will be our annual issue.

If you want to contribute, kindly share your prose or poetry at khibookswap@gmail.com

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap

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

20 Apr

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

On the afternoon of 8th April my Boss surprised me with the ticket to Malaysia. I was so excited for this trip but when I checked the date for my flight it was on 11th April, on the same date I have my book club meeting so I asked my Boss to cancel the ticket and buy the ticket for next day if possible cos I don’t want to miss my book club meeting and my Boss gave me this weird look. But after a day my Boss finally find a ticket for next day.  It was a sigh of relief for me cos in the past I already missed 4th KHIBookSwap meeting due to my Jhal Magsi trip.

So our ‘genre of the month’ was ‘Poetry’. I was so excited yet again cos this time we will be trying something new. Me and Ifrah came up with the idea of doing a twisted version of Secret Santa where we asked every member to wrap the book which they want to swap or giveaway. It was one pleasant evening in Karachi as I thought cos Friday was too hot. I reached the venue bit early and Ifrah was already there. First Fizza arrived with her friend Fiza, after her Natasha and Jamal joined us. Then Maham came and she bring these…..

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

KHIBookSwap handmade Badges

Handmade KHIBookSwap badges for the members. I met Maham at the Stargazing trip with KaAs. She loves astronomy, books and art and the owner of tween the knots. So I asked her to make some badges for the members and she really did a great job. So after a little introduction, everyone placed their Secret Santa book on the table.

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

Books wrapped up for Secret Santa

Then Ifrah wrote everyone’s name on the paper, fold it and asked everyone to pick one and I got the name of Fizza. So I got this book from her.

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

Fizza was my Secret Santa

I haven’t read any Kamila Shamsie book so I really looking forward to this book. After that we began our reading session.

Ifrah’s Favorite Poetry:

She selected a Ghazal from ‘In the Bazaar of Love – The selected poetry of Amir Khusrau

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

In the Bazaar of Love – The selected poetry of Amir Khusrau

Her review about the book:

Mystic renditions of love, loyalty and passion translated by Paul Losensky and Sunil Sharma; sure to evoke your senses and darkest desires.

Natasha’s Favorite Poetry:

Natasha shared her favorite poetry from different poets. First one is from unknown Pakistani author

a broken promise breaks a little more

than what it sets apart the break of light

after the mourning in the night the shores,

endlessness grows a little short of sight

Jeeva Haroon’s ‘Master’ pain of lost love

Like a slingshot let loose

You left saying nothing

Somewhere between waking in the day

I remain in a free fall

Then she read Munir Niazi’s famous ‘Hamesha Dair Kar Deta Hoon Main’

Hamesha Dair Kar Deta Hoon Main

Hamesha Dair Kar Deta Hoon Main

Jamal’s Favorite Poetry:

Jamal shared this beautiful poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz titled ‘Sheeshon Ka Maseeha Koi Nahi’

And after reading that, he shared a poem that he wrote recently.

Tell me what I am supposed to do
With all the leftover feelings of being misunderstood
‘Cause you don’t know

Shall I tell you how it’s supposed to feel
When all these pains become real
‘Cause you don’t know

And I don’t think you see the places in my heart
Where I find the meaning of us
Places where reason can’t be separated from desire

And we don’t know how we woke one day
And some how we thought we knew
That we had to back away

So leave me at the book tree and take away those memories
Cry for the departed ones but pity the lost souls
‘Cause this gets written down in our destinies

Shall I tell you how it’s supposed to feel
When all these pains become real
‘Cause you don’t know

Fiza’s Favorite Poetry:

Fizza said, ‘Since Fiza Mari didn’t know about the ‘Genre of the Month’ is Poetry but she has written one which she likes to share that with us.’

Hallucinations of love

A life of imaginations

A dream of ambitions

A journey to stars

Lights lightening up the sky with spark

The brightness of moon as seen from earth

The shine in the eyes of a kid and its worth

A fantasy of dreams

Where love is a pivotal theme

You fall in love

It ends up reminding you of the lost love

For the part of your heart which has been gone

For the love in your eyes collecting the pieces of hope knowing it will always go on

For reality which is no less than an imagination

For the lost love which will always be in your hallucination

You lose a thousand times

Falling for the lost love you can never climb

But you smile mesmerizing the memories

The shine in your eyes watching the moon takes you back in the stories

You can find that poem on her blog too. That was the best moment for me that we inspired her to share that poem.

Fizza’s Favorite Poetry:

Fizza Malick shared her favorite inspiring poem by Veronica Shoffstall.

After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept
your defeats
with your head up
and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman,
not the grief of a child

And you learn to build
all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground
is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way
of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.

And you learn
that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn

My Favorite Poetry:

Then It was my turn to share my favorite poetry and I selected a poem from ‘The Love Poems of Rumi

The Agony and Ecstasy of Divine Discontent:

The moods of Rumi

In the orchard and rose garden

I long to see your face

In the taste of sweetness

I long to kiss your lips

In the shadow of passion

I long for your love

Oh! Supreme lover!

Let me leave aside my worries

The flowers are blooming

With the exultation of your Spirit

By Allah!

I long to escape the prison of my ego

And lose myself

In the mountains and the desert

My review about the book:

Rumi’s poems are deeply spiritual and penetrate perfectly into the human condition of love and the tides of overwhelming emotions that run with it. Rumi’s sense of divine Love as the essence of one’s own being shines resplendently through almost every poem in this collection. This book has a short but sweet collection of beautiful poetry by Rumi

Zeeshan’s Favorite Poetry:

After that I read Zeeshan’s favorite poems from ‘Poems of Kabir

O SERVANT, where dost thou seek Me? Lo! I am beside thee. I am neither in temple nor in mosque: I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash: Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga and renunciation. If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time. Kabîr says, “O Sadhu! God is the breath of all breath.”

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I am neither pious nor ungodly, I live neither by law nor by sense, I am neither a speaker nor hearer, I am neither a servant nor master, I am neither bond nor free, I am neither detached nor attached. I am far from none: I am near to none. I shall go neither to hell nor to heaven. I do all works; yet I am apart from all works. Few comprehend my meaning: he who can comprehend it, he sits unmoved. Kabir seeks neither to establish nor to destroy.

His review about the book:

One of the most beautiful books I have ever come across, which includes the physical aspects. The whole design, textures and layout of the book and its pages are too beautiful. Kabir is one of my most favorite historical characters, and I look up to him. A simple man, who weaved, sang, and spread the message of love, peace and harmony.

And after that I became a Santa Claus thanks to Zeeshan once again. He sent  books for our book club members.

8th #KhiBookSwap

Books gifted by Zeeshan once again

And we ended our meetup with a selfie thanks to wide angle lens of Noor . . .

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

8th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap