The Second International Book Fair 2006

The second International book fair organized by ‘The Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association will start from 13th December 2006, at the Expo Centre.

According to this news, around 60 booksellers and publishers from India, UK, USA, Malaysia, Singapore and Greece, 140 from around the country are setting up their stalls in the upcoming fair to offer 20 per cent or more discount on their books.

This book fair is an exciting event for all book lovers like me and will also benefit students and educationalists, so keep all your money safe to spend generously at the Expo Centre over books.

14 Comments so far

  1. kidal (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 1:52 am

    If I were in Karachi, this would have been the most exciting event of the year for me.

  2. Raheel (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 2:31 am

    Great news, thanks for sharing it

  3. wasiq (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 8:03 am

    iam very anxiously waiting for the promised cheap laptops …..even though i firmly believe that spending three time more on computers is better than wasting any money on the books….i’ll be the last person in karachi to be visiting this expo…..Alleluia.

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    There is a local book fair by JUMBOO BOOK FAIR at Hyderi Car Parking area where you can get all kind of books in very reasonable prices. From. Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to Musharraf’s “In the line of Fire” and everything between them is available over there.

  5. Ramla A. (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 4:39 pm


    Jam, I’ll send you some pics of the first one – I couldn’t blog about it then. The book fair was awesome. But beware the prices. I took one photo where a price tag was carelessly overlapped by a “fair price” – which was, if I rem correctly, some 50-75 bucks over the original tag price.

    Idea: a KMB bok lover’s meet-up at the fair?

  6. Original-Anon (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    Big Jay, thanks for this post; I’ll reiterate what Zahra said in your other post – that it’s really great to see that someone is still keeping the true metblog spirit alive.Hope you go to the fair and don’t forget your camera :) (Unless of course it is exam time!).
    How about a QOD to see what books the KMB readers are reading these days and what was the last book they read?

  7. Ramla A. (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    @ Orig:

    I catch you again. I replied to your question on Sufi’s post but it never got through somehow. I invited you to, if you are interested of course, flex your voluntary editing muscles at the nascent publication INSPIRE.

    It’s a community project and all work is done fi’ sabeel Illah. I sent them some entries form my blog which were publisheed as is. I can sense that they need extra editing hands. So I’ve been passing the word to individuals who enjoy the particular art of editing. Too many writers, too few editors. Please consider. Thanks.

    P.S. A post about books would be awesome. So we can move from Accusationistan to Educationistan in the KMB world.

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    Since there is 0% chance of availability of pirated books so I guess that only 0.x % people will pay attention.

    What I guess that particular 2% population of Karachi who have both plenty of time and money would visit the venue, out of them 1% will be those who would actually buy books and rest of them would be those who would be visiting the venue first time or just to give company to their pals so that they can show off to their other buddies that they visited a “book fair”.

    A city where a common man earn less than a book price per day,corruption rate is high and literacy rate is low can’t guarantee for success of such necessary event.

    Therefore majority[98% of learned class] of karachiites who love to read books but can’t afford earns no benefit from such exhibitions and best source of learning for them is to buy pirated books. This is why local installs[e.g Jumbo Fair] are more useful and successful than such events. If one’s pocket can afford pirated copies of stuff by Karen Armstrong,Chomsky and Sydney Sheldon[a kinda western Asmat Chughtai] then why would he bother himself to spend extra bucks? This is why i see tht ‘Jumbo Fair’ has been running successfully for last 2/3 years in different part of the cities and since now they are in Hyderi for last 6 months, I daily see lots of people visit the Tamboo[Tent] and buy books in very lower rates. The english version of the Mush’s book is around PKR1250 while the urdu version is available in 200 or something. When I asked Shamusddin the reason behind such a big difference in rates, he innocently replied that urdu version didn’t contain the things which were published in orignal english version because majority of this country could read and understand urdu rather english :-)

    BTW, there was a trend in early 90s[pre-Internet era] when the girls who could read and understand english were in love with Sydney Sheldon’s novels while urdu readers were in love with “Shuwaa-Behno ka Apna Mahnama”. I am not sure what’s the current
    trend now. All I know I have read both kind of stuff and got bored after a short period of time and switched back to Ibn-e-safi’s Imran Series.

    p.s: What are the timings of this event?

  9. Original-Anon (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    @Ramla, thanks for the suggestion and the link. I will definitely look into this. And hey, thanks for the vote of confidence in my so called ‘editing’ ability :)
    It would also be really cool to have several of us read the same book and start a discussion; a KMB book club.

  10. Shahzad (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    I hope i cud find Martin Fowler’s “Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture” there.

    As such kinda books are only available in soft copy rather than Urdo Bazaar.

  11. saima Nasir (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 12:29 am

    Sydney Sheldon[a kinda western Asmat Chughtai]

    The above statement or claim is absurd!!! and far from reality.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 6:28 am

    Saima Nasir, do you even know why I said a kinda Western Asmat Chughtai?

  13. Ramla A. (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    @ Orig-anon:

    Welcome! I think our friend Jamash will take the idea forward. He is the Ministar of Culture here at KMB.

  14. wasiq (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:10 am

    Bhaiya kaisa leg-piece…? uncle ka paerr zameen pey tikkey tab na….!(open to translation..)

    Sometimes I feel that life’s a show
    But I hold tight don’t let you go
    ’cause darling heaven can be cold
    With no angel I’ve been told
    Your memories come and memories go
    But my love will always grow
    Why d’ you throw away my heart
    Why did you break apart

    Why did you do it just tonight
    You’re leavin’ me without good-bye
    Why can’t you give me one more try
    Before you went and said good-bye
    Why did you do it just tonight

    Why did you do it just tonight
    We have two tickets to paradise
    Nobody ever loved you more
    As I always did before
    Why did you do it just tonight

    The way you talk the way you smile
    All things you do make life worth while
    It’s not a game you play with me
    You give this world some sanity
    Your memories come and memories go
    But my love will always grow
    Look at the stars they’re dark tonight
    Be forever by my side

    (Why Did You Do It Just Tonight
    by Modern Talking)

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