When you enter the Karachi Expo Centre on one of the days near the end of the year, you find the essence of Karachi.
You will find motorbike riders, rikhshaw travellers, and Pajero owners all coming together at one place with nothing to differentiate them…
And the love of books to unite them.
Here, in three halls full of books, you see the trend of society. You see what people like to read, what people like to think, and what people are told.
You see what your country men feel, and what guides their feelings.
Occasionally you’ll catch sight of a foreigner, and you will be proud of how you represent your country to him.
You might also see a writer, a columnist, or an analyst you hate or look up to, and somewhere in your heart, you’d be filled with pride that you have access to one place that they visit, and you tell your friends and family of whom you saw.
And then there are the books…
In both the languages most read in your country.
English and Urdu.
And its a collection that helps you travel accross time and sail over lands.
It gives you insight into the nitty gritties of small stuff, and overviews of “big stuff.”
And you have to chose well…because like food you eat takes up and re-makes the whole of your body in a few years time, the books you read take up and re-make your whole mind and life in a few years time.
But it is magical. Believe me.
You don’t want to miss it next year.
Wherever you go,
And happy reading. 🙂