T2F launches its bookstore in Karachi

T2F has launched its bookstore with the facilitation of a bookshop called Mr Old Books on Saturday evening.

The event was two day long and it began at 6 pm on Saturday.

Famous bookstores such as Thomas and Thomas at Regal Chowk in Saddar were included. The owner of the shop, it was shown, was given multiple offers to move his establishment so that a fast-food outlet could be built in its place.

Similarly, it was shown that many bookstores were closed down either under pressure by other businesses or due to sharp decline in sales.

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An interview of Dawn images with one such shop owner revealed that people no longer visit bookshops and if in case a bookseller dies, there is no one who could replace him or take responsibility of running the bookshop. This is where T2F comes in.

Speaking to Dawn, director of T2F Ellia Khan said that the idea behind the bookstore launch was to provide space to bookstall and bookstore owners to present their books.

“The whole idea is to revive the number of projects at T2F. We are working very closely with Mr Old Books at Boat Basin, a lot of the collection that we curated has been provided by them. Some books have been exchanged with Mr Old Books. They saw our collection and liked our books and in exchange we got a number of new books as well. This is how we are working toge­ther,” she added.

Explaining the concept of a monthly book bazaar, Ms Khan said that books donated to T2F by donors were presented at the bazaar.

Fiza Khatri and Asad Alvi have been hired respectively to look after the art collections at the Faraar Shop and to curate, fix and standardise the bookstore. The bookshelf includes books belonging to English, Russian and Urdu literature. Urdu translations of English and Russian literature are also kept, says Asad Alvi.

We salute the efforts of the T2f team in order to revive a book reading culture.