Read Pakistan Book Club in the Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad
This successful session of bookclub was hosted by Nimra Shoukat the female Literary Raptor (L.R) of QAU chapter who started the section by welcoming all participants. She shared rules for meetings, then she introduced Read Pakistan Organization its objective and her Team. For first book ego is the enemy, author’s brief introduction was given by Rushan who further gave a briefly explained first half of the book. Then Nimra Shaukat invited Aleena Ayaz to give opinions on the book. A pause was taken to engage the participants. Kashif Mehmood reviewed the last half of the book and Aleena gave final comments. The new thing added by these brilliant reviewers was they made a powerpoint presentation and divided the book among themselves.
Later the host invited Shahsawar Khan to review and to talk more about Manto. He reviewed both Afsanas and also shared a lot of his quotations. He reviewed overwhelming response from the attendees.
The session was concluded at 11. 43 pm.
Ego is the Enemy:
The book of the month ‘Ego is the enemy’ was divided into 3 participants (Rushan Aleena and Kashif). Firstly, Rushan Bilal gave the Author review and told the inspiration behind the book who made him to write that book and his experiences about effects of ego. Then, she talked about why we should read Rayan Holiday as well as described about different aspects of ego which hinders personal and professional growth and how earlier successes made people egoistic and to focus on things which are important for something to achieve. Then the further review was taken up by Aleena who explained other ideas of author and told us about to make it not fake it and told us that in the journey, we should have purpose more than passion. Then, it was further taken up by Kashif Afridi who described about how great teams destroy due to egoistic behaviors as well as the dangers of ego and how to control ego. He also concluded the book review with examples and quotations and made it a worthy and successful review.
The book of the month” ego is the enemy” was taken by three members for its discussion. Roshan Bilal gave the introduction to the author of the book. Then she explained different aspects of it, for instance how ego plays role in our pursuit of success and then failure. After that, it was taken up by Aleena Ayaz. She elucidated the key ideas which were expressed by the author in his book. It’s better to be good than to look good or how pride plays a cynical role in a person’s success in the path to prosperity. Afterward, Kashif came into the picture and took his take on the book. He stated different themes which were an essential part of the book. Then he quoted the author himself ” Ryan Holiday” to give a better understanding of the book and make this book review even more alluring for the audience. In the end, Aleena concluded the book by questioning the essence of it and pressuring the audience, to ponder on it and ask the critical question.
Firstly, Rushan Bilal gave an overview of the author Ryan Holiday, she then told us about the book “ego is the enemy” and why the book revolve around three different ideas. She also told about ego, when one is aspiring something and why to not be egoistic and how the book suggest to focus on whats important. Aleena Ayaz took the discussion further and she told us why should we make it, rather than faking it and whats the importance of finding purpose rather than passion. At the end Kashif did the review about the main theme of the book and quoted some powerful lines from the author Ryan.
Reported by: Infal Asmat Ghuman
Book club coordinator QAU
Arranged by: Adnan Yusufzai, Nimra Shaukat, Kashif Khan, Aqsa Azam.
For the month of: June
Date: 3rd July, 2021
Time: 9 Pm-10 Pm
Location: Zoom Meeting
No. of participants: 15
Book: “When Breathe Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
Book reviewed by:
- Humaira Azam
- Amna Shah
We conducted our book club for June in July because everyone was busy in final exams. The book club started with asking the members how their exam was and how they managed to take time out for the book we had selected. Then we formally started the book review. Our first book reviewer was our literary raptor, Amna Shah. After Amna, I (Humaira Azam, the book club coordinator) reviewed the book. After the book reviews, we opened the forum for discussion. I initiated the discussion by posing a question about a situation discussed in the book. At this point, the members actively participated and shared their views about the question, and the book overall.
We discussed the autobiography of Paul Kalanithi, an American Neurosurgeon, who died during his fight with lung cancer and brain tumor. As the book was autobiography, there were no defined themes, but everyone shared what he/she learnt from the book. Significant learning aspects were the courage, bravery, expecting the unexpected and then dealing with it, the art of going on, and making the most of the time when you know you have very little left. Everyone shared how they found the book an emotional roller coaster ride and how they felt every word they read. We had a very healthy discussion about the book and we also answered the questions that were asked.
“When Breathe Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi is a non-fiction book, comprising of the life events of the American Neurosurgeon. The book keeps the reader hooked till the very end. It is a book that teaches the reader to deal with the future one could not imagine even in the wildest dreams. The book makes the reader feel a lot of emotions and the reader feels as of he/she is in the book, living its reality. It teaches us to be prepared for the unexpected, to deal situations with courage, to go on, to make the most of the time we have, and to never let ourselves down because of our shortcomings. The book also covers the literary and science related aspects with the writer discussing about the mind, emotions, and the concept of God. It is touching, poignant, and painful. But it is also full of hope, courage, bravery, humility, and love. The book, despite being grim and evoking the emotions of agony, is inspiring.
Reported by: Humaira Azam
Arranged by: Amna Shah (L.R), Humaira Azam (Book Club Coordinator), Ayisha Gul Khwaja (Social Media Coordinator), Zartasha Farooq (Membership Coordinator)
Read Pakistan Book Club for Bakhtawar Amin Medical & Dental College, Multan
Location: Zoom Meeting
No. of participants: 6
Book: 1. Misery by Stephen King
- Raja Gidh by Bano Qudsia
Book reviewed by:
- Saad Aslam (Misery)
- Hafsa Wahla (Raja Gidh)
It began with the introduction of the entire team and the books picked for the month of June. A general Q&A was done whether everyone had read the book or not, if not then what were the reasons to stop.
Firstly, Saad Aslam and then Hafsa Wahla were asked to review the book so we could all be on the same page discussing various aspects of the book. Topics of discussion included Author’s writing style, storytelling and what we could gather from it.
I am in trouble here. This woman is not right.”
Paul Sheldon, the best-selling writer of the Misery novels, finds himself rescued from a car accident by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes. As the former nurse takes care of him in her home, she finds out he killed off Misery in his latest novel and decides to keep Paul as her prisoner as he writes Misery back to life.
The narrator did such a brilliant job of conveying the truly insane character that is Annie Wilkes, but otherwise it was very monotonous and boring at times.
Similar to Gerald’s Game, the events of this book primarily take place in one location. Ordinarily that would bore the life out of me, but King has this ability to grab your attention and keep you hooked anyway. That being said, there are still some boring parts in this book – but they are very few and far between. It is literally quite impossible to look away during the interactions between Annie and poor Paul Sheldon. Anytime Annie is on the scene, she steals the show – it’s those parts where it’s just Paul’s meandering thoughts that I would tune out of sometimes. This is much better portrayed in the movie for me.
Annie Wilkes is one of King’s most iconic characters and the story is one of his most terrifying, because there are no scary monsters or supernatural creatures, Annie is all human and 100% crazy. She also brings a lot of humour to the story (for me anyway), I can’t help but crack up when she goes on rants about different things. And the scene with the axe… one of the most nail-biting, stressful and cringeworthy events I’ve ever read in a book.
I really like Misery, but I don’t seem to regard it as highly as lot of other Constant Readers. I can’t pinpoint what is exactly, I just know it wouldn’t make my top 20 list. I guess I never really connected with it on a personal level, and so many other King books DO make me FEEL so many emotions, so… it just slides down the list a bit. I do think it would be a great starting point for new King fans, as it isn’t particularly scary, it’s more of a psychological thriller. A nice way to introduce yourself to Mr King’s works.
Book 2 Review
This was so not what I expected. It was shocking and sickening.
It’s one of those books I don’t consider myself capable of reviewing critically so I’ll just stick to mentioning what I felt while reading it.
I was surprised at the direction it took, the sensitive issues it tackled and how it laid bare the struggles and psyche of men and women of all classes. People like me live in a cocoon of safety and blissful ignorance and like to pretend that there is nothing wrong with the world. Raja Gidh was actually a wakeup call for me, reminding me that these social issues are real. These aren’t just tales from another country, these things are happening right now around all of us.
The book is divided into four parts and the main theme of the story is determining the answer to a question or mystery; what causes madness in human beings? Each part has a title describing the reason:
1- Fruitless Love (عشق لاحاصل)
2- Insatiable Curiosity (لامتناہی تجسس)
3- Unlawful Earning (رزق حرام)
4- Awareness of Death (موت کی آگاہی)
It follows Qayyum, a middle-class man hailing from a rural background, who falls deeply and irrevocably in love with his university friend Seemi who is already in love with someone else. Seemi’s inability to love Qayyum back and her untimely death result in him going through and analyzing all four stages. The writer presents a parallel scenario where all birds converge in a forest to discuss the matter of man’s inventing nuclear weapons and his destroying of his own species. They declare human beings mad and come to the conclusion that since vultures also suffer from madness, one day they’ll wipe out all birds so they must be banished. Vultures are compared with human beings quite logically.
The overall tone of the book was very depressing, and a sense of hopelessness prevailed. Qayyum was pathetic, the picture drawn of the lives of middle class individuals was realistic, the dialogue and narrative was bold.
Reported by: Saad Aslam, BookClubCoordinator BAMDC.
Arranged by: Habib Hassan – LR (M)
Rida Jahanzeb – LR (F)
Hayatullah Khan – Social Media Coordinator
Nabeeha Mustafa – Membership Coordinator
Saad Aslam – Book Club Coordinator.
Read Pakistan Book Club for Bahria University, Islamabad
Date: 29th June, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Virtual (Via Zoom)
No. of participants: 11
Book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Book reviewed by:
The session got started at the planned time by our membership coordinator, Fatima Mehboob, who welcomed the participants and introduced Read Pakistan to the participants. It was followed by me letting members know about the working of book club. After this, we proceeded with the book review.
The book that we discussed was “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. Hala Qamar introduced the book and continued with the book review. The book is a psychological thriller. It is a gripping novel, a suspense story that does not fail to keep you hooked. Hala discussed the book in such a way that the review turned into an interactive session and most of the participants shared their own views on the novel too.
After the book review, we had some open discussion in which Fatima Mehboob, our membership coordinator, shared her experience of reading Ikigai and Muhammad Abdullah, another participant, provided an insight into his experience of reading An Ideal Husband, a play by Oscar Wilde which Abdullah referred to as a light hearted comedy. Due to time constraint, we had to end the session there.
“The Silent Patient is a Psychological Thriller written by a very new author, Alex Michaelieds. I read this book a year ago and I still think back to that time with fond memories. I remember very distinctly how hooked I was to this book. The author did a splendid job with making everything so mysterious and thrilling. The whole book, from start to end, was very well written.
The story doesn’t follow a linear timeline, but the author definitely showed his expertise in writing in that style. It builds such a suspense that all you can do is hold onto the edge of your seat and read non-stop until you finish the story. The moment everything clicks you feels so surprised and satisfied with it. And you realize that the author already planned all of it, down to the tiniest detail.
I, personally, loved it. It was a great read. Some of my favorite parts were:
a- When Theo talks about his therapist, Ruth. She’s such a great character that all you can do is fall in love with her.
b- When they tell us about Alicia’s paintings. She sounds so talented and the paintings she did sounded so amazing. I wished I could have seen her paintings by myself, in real life.
c- Near the end when Alicia is writing in her diary. That part really got to me. It was so dark and twisted yet painfully touching at the same time.
Aside from that, I’d say the author did a great job writing the Psychological stuff. It was very well explained and seemed pretty accurate as well.
So, would I recommend it to someone? Yes! Definitely. A thousand times, yes. I absolutely loved reading it. And I know that if others read it, they’ll enjoy it a lot as well.”
Hussain Ali (LR)
Maira Waheed (LR)
Nayab Ronaq (Book club Coordinator)
Qurat-ul-Ain (Social Media Coordinator)
Fatima Mehboob (Membership Coordinator)
Read Pakistan Book Club for Government College University, Faisalabad
Date: 24 June 2021
Time: 8:30 Pm
Location: Virtual session on Zoom
No.of participants: 15
Reviwer: Memoona khan
First of all Read Pakistan was introduced by LR Rizwan ul Haq and then members were welcomed. The book’s plot was introduced by Rizwan ul Haq and then the review was started. In this book, the author tells the story of two ladies Mariyam and Laila. The book is divided into four parts. The first one is about Mariyam, the second is about Laila, the third one is about how they come together and the fourth one is the conclusion. Both of the characters Mariyam and Laila were extremely different from one another especially in terms of their upbringing. On one hand, Mariyam was an illegitimate child of a wealthy man and his maid whereas Laila was born to an educated and rich family. War brought their fate together. When Mariyam’s mother committed suicide, her father married her to a 50 years old man Rasheed. This marriage of 50 and 15 years old became a failed and abusive marriage especially when Maryam lost her baby in miscarriage and not being able to mother again.
In the second part, Laila was introduced, her parents were educated and put emphasis on girl child education. Both brothers were fighting a war as soldiers. She also had a childhood friend Tariq, their bond and love became stronger as they get mature. But then the war happened. Tariq shifted to Pakistan with his family and Laila’s whole family died in an attack. Laila took hostage by that 50-year-old Rasheed. From then on both Mariyam and Laila were staying under the same roof. Initially, they didn’t talk with each other because they were wives of the same man. But they both were damaged souls gradually their bond became stronger and lovely. In the end, Mariyam was killed by the Taliban due to the murder of her husband and Laila built a shelter home for homeless girls in Afghanistan.
This story presented a true picture of women’s condition in the Civil war era to the Taliban war era. They were not provided with basic rights and men were considered superior to women due to their gender role. This book has themes of love, friendship, sacrifice, hope, struggle, and hardships.
At the end of the session, all the participants took part in discussions and shared their valuable opinions.
The LR motivated them to read more books and sessions was ended in a good manner.
Here are some quotations from the book,
*Of all the hardships a person had to face no one was more punishing than a simple act of waiting.
*Marriage can wait, but education cannot.
*Society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated.
*Behind every trial and sorrow that He made us shoulder, God has a reason.
Read Pakistan Book Club for Riphah International University, Islamabad
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
No. of participants: 9
Book: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Book reviewed by:
- Momina Talib
- Noor Ul Ain Farooq
The session began with Momina Talib introducing the author, Edgar Allan Poe with a short discussion of his writing style. She then started a short recount of the story, but due to internet issues, Noor Ul Ain Farooq had to take over. Once the story was recounted for everyone present, Momina took over again to begin the discussion on the story; several members present also elaborated what parts of the story they found particularly interesting, Poe’s macabrely detached writing style of the narrator, etc.
Topic of discussion and theme of the book:
The Tell-Tale Heart is a famous short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, in which the narrator recounts a murder that he has committed. Throughout the story, the nameless narrator tries to convince the audience over his intact sanity by providing, what seems to him, logic for every action that he carried out, including a detailed explanation of how he carried out the murder and the events that followed. All the while, his protests against being called mad work against him to convince the reader that the narrator is, in fact, not psychologically sound.
The book club was short due to the chapter having their finals, which was also the reason a short story was chosen; however, it was successful as the members took time out to get together and discuss the story. Since it was a short story, everyone read it, and thus the resulting discussion was interesting and engrossing.
The Tell-Tale Heart:
The story starts with the narrator convincing the audience that he is not mad. He makes sure to elaborate how the murder he committed was not a crime of passion or hate, as he loved the old man that was his victim, and neither was he after the old man’s money. In fact, the old man had one cataract-plagued blue eye that irritated the narrator to the extent that he could take it no more. He demonized the eye in his head so greatly that it existed as a separate entity to the old man, and for seven nights as the narrator opened the old man’s bedroom door at night and looked in upon him sleeping, he made no move as the eye was closed. On the eighth night, the old man awoke, and after silently terrorizing him for an hour, the narrator finally starts to hear loud thumping, presumably the old man’s heart beating loud due to fear. Afraid that the neighbors might hear, the murderer finally spurs to action and suffocates the old man in his bed. Afterwards, he proceeds to cut up the victim’s body in pieces in order to hide it efficiently, draining the blood in a tub, and buries it underneath the floorboards. When the police arrive in the morning due to a neighbor’s complaint of noise (the old man’s cry before he was suffocated), the murderer is proud of how efficiently he has hidden the body, and even proceeds to seat the policemen in the old man’s room with his own chair right over the floorboards underneath which the body is buried. However, after a while, the narrator begins to hear a thumping sound, and his nervousness increases as he believes that the policemen might hear it. When the latter continue to chat, his frustration increases as he believes they are making a fool out of him by pretending they hear nothing, and the imagined blow to his pride results in an outburst in which he yells out the confession himself, telling the policemen that the body is under the floorboards, and asking them why, even though the old man is dead, his heart does not stop beating, alluding that he believes the thumping sound he hears is the old man’s heart.
Reported by: Uneeb Khan Niazi
Arranged by:: L.R Areeba Mateen
Read Pakistan Book Club by Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore
Date: June 29,2021
Time: 9:00-10:30 pm
Location: Online session on Zoom
No. of Participants:25
Book:10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Book Reviewed by:
- Eesha Tahir
The session began with the discussion on the achievements of Read Pakistan and its incredible success. Then Asfandyar gave a succinct introduction of “Elif Shafak”, the author of “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World”. He narrated: Elif is the most widely read Turkish writer. He discussed her honary achievements and her sufferings throughout her journey.
Eesha then discussed the main plot and scientific evidence mentioned in the Novel.
A detailed discussion was held on the Novel. We discussed theme and plot of the novel along with the philosophical & geographical aspects narrated in the book. Both the reviewers beautifully presented each and every aspect of the Novel.
Then reviews & discussion on the novel started about 7 to 8 participants shared their views and add some debating points to the discussion. A few raised questions regarding friendships, confliction and social norms which were quite wonderfully answered by Armghan and Ayesha Batool.
In short, the discussion was wholesome. Everyone was enjoying that; their participation showed the yield of session.
As far as Novel is concerned, it’s a significant novel, filled with facts and fiction. It keeps the reader just a little off balance until the end.
I’ll recommend it (especially to women) to all those who believe in companionship, women struggles, embracing social outcasts & life after death.I personally consider the pace of story is slow but it’s a worth read.
Session arranged by: Armghan Zulfiqar (LR, AIMC Chapter) and Media Coordinators.
Reported by: Aqsa Akbar (Book Club coordinator) & Armghan Zulfiqar.
Read Pakistan Book Club for Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
Date: 6th July 2021
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting
No. of participants: 11
Book: Farenhite 451 and Namal (Chapter 3-6)
Book reviewed by:
- Fatima Abbasi
The book club of the month June was organized on 6th July 2021. The main theme of the club was to promote reading skills among young participants. The book club was hosted by our LR (Fatima Abbasi) and membership coordinator (Nigar Fatima Mirza). 11 participants joined the session and actively took part in question/answer session. All the queries were timely attended, and participants were encouraged to share their thoughts regarding favorite part of book.
Firstly, Fahrenheit 421 was reviewed by social media coordinator (Samavia Wahid) and was further discussed by membership coordinator (Nigar Fatima Mirza). Secondly, Fatima Abbasi reviewed the 3, 4, 5, 6 chapters of Namal. All the aspects of books were discussed and appreciated by audience. The session was ended with a beautiful poetry lines of Nimra Ahmed, retrieved from Namal.
Review of Namal (Chapter 3-6) by Fatima Abbasi
One thing that how splendidly Nimra Ahmad has started every chapter with a magnificent poem and couplets within the chapter describing the ongoing situation. The time skip is wonderfully and very smoothly done. All the family meetings, gatherings, meals portray a real emotions, situations and functioning of a middle class family. In these chapters, the realization that Saadi Yousaf himself is good for nothing hits him very hard. He is not unique or special. He feels like he is not able to do anything when he corrupts the files, in an attempt to open them, which he had stolen from Hashim Kardar. Wedding scene is also written excellently. As Hunain tells Seem the three principles of eating a wedding meal. So ethereal for a common person who is reading the book. This book has drama, suspense, a sense of humour, real life lessons, choices’ one has to make, relationships, daily life stresses, how various people cope with it differently and so much more . The whole incident of wise principle blackmailing Hina to give her notes. How she share this problem with an elder (her aunt) and she maturely and smartly deals with it then all the things go back to normal. First impression or an overall impression of a person does not show who the person really is (many of the first impressions in this book got changed after some time). Friendships and parenting skills have also been discussed in these chapters.
Review of Farenhite 451 by Samawia Waheed
The way in which Ray Bradbury has represented the dystopian can attract the reader and that dystopian society question our current choices that our society makes. This book revolves around the society where no one is allowed to read books, where books are considered evils, where fireman Job is to burn down the books. So, the people are living in the world with no reminder of past and grasp their current days from televisions. In this imaginative society, Guy Montag has shown the importance of books that for the sake of books he left his city and even burned down his own house. This action of protagonist shows that how valuable the books are. One more thing which writer has mentioned in story is that books are like containers where we can store things so words inside the book matters because the way writer pen down each and every situation makes the reader to visualize that event and I think that is the strongest aspect of reading that we as a reader can visualize every moment in our own way.
Reported by: Khaula Waqas (Book Club Co-ordinator)
Arranged by: L.R: Fatima Abbasi
Events Coordinator: Samawia,
Social media coordinator: Rubab,
Membership Coordinator: Nigar Fatima
Read Pakistan Book Club for Punjab of the University, Lahore.
Time: 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm
No. of participants: 07
Books: 1. The seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey
- Ten minutes and 38 seconds in this strange world by Elif Shafak
Book reviewed by:
- Ahmed Usman
- Qurat ul ain Cheema
- Sadaf Saleem
Read Pakistan is a non-profiting trust to ensure that every person gets a reading opportunity and to train the librarians/teachers in developing the reading habits and provide equal opportunities for reading and learning for all. The purpose of any club is to bring a community together to learn about and discuss something that matters to them, and a book club is no different. Our program invites groups of students/ librarian/ teachers or anyone who wants to read, they may formulate opinions, and discuss stories from a wide array of genres.
Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) tries to Covey introduces the concept of paradigm shift and helps the reader understand that different perspectives exist, that two people can see the same thing and yet differ from each other.
Covey also introduces the Maturity Continuum. These are three successive stages of increasing maturity: dependence, independence, and interdependence. At birth, everybody is dependent, and characteristics of dependence may linger; this is the first and lowest stage of maturity. Each of the first three habits is intended to help achieve independence. The next three habits are intended to help achieve interdependence. The final, seventh habit is intended to help maintain these achievements. Each of the seven habits has a chapter of the book devoted to it.
Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World opens in 1990 with “Tequila Leila”, who is a prostitute. The story has her five outcast friends, who don’t share a worthy importance in a liberal country. Leila enters the state of awareness in her last moments, after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul. “While the Turkish sun rises above her and her friends asleep soundly nearby, she contemplates her mortal existence before eternal rest.” In the last minutes she recalls her previous life; “the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life—friends who are now desperately trying to find her.
There were seven active participants in June Book Club, everyone participated in the discussion some members were unable to read the book but through discussion of other members they develop their interest and understanding for the book and aimed to read both books.
Reported by: Qurat ul ain Cheema
Arranged by: Entire team names: Qurat ul ain Cheema Coordinator PU, Cyber Sultan M. Hamdan UOW