November 2nd2011

Let me start by saying, I m really enjoying reading books all over again. A lot of people I know think this is something new for me, most of you don’t know I used to read a lot as a kid.. It kind of stopped after I found computers and design and the rest of the stuff.. That didn’t kill my reading, but I moved my reading online and more or less in chunks instead of actual books. I enjoy both forms, but since I’ve got back to reading books just recently I m enjoying that a lot more.

Currently: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Biography

This is a book I wanted as soon as it came out, and sister managed to notice that. She gave this to me as a gift. Love you for that sista :)

The start of this book is just plain truth. The way it starts off by telling you the kind of person he was in the starting of his life and the changes he’s gone through during his early career just blows you away. How can a man like him become what he is today.

Loving this book so far.

Recently: Three cups of tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

Three cups of tea - One man's Extraordinary journey to promote peace... One school at a time.

This is one book I read recently. It’s also one of the books I wanted to read for some time, I guess for about a year, never got around to getting the time or my hands on the book, till Paras finally gave it to me.. For mine to keep :) For that I thank you so much :)

There have been many controversies surrounding this book, alot of which may or may not be true.. On the other hand I love how the details are re counted, I like how everything is explained, and from time to time the jumps from the past to present and back again gets you to read the last few lines again, but then thats the essence of this, it’s a recollection of what’s been done and how it effects the people of Pakistan.

The fact that most of the incidents are life like and some which if you visit those places you know can be true, you’ll brush the controversies aside. Even if you’d like to believe and follow the controversies, this is a good read.. Infact it’s a must read. It’s one book that brings out the hope and determination in people, and rising up from a time when you were let down.

Recently: My Feudal Lord – Tehmina Durrani

My Feudal Lord - A devastating indictment of women's role in Muslim society

My Feudal Lord happens to be one book which will drive you to depression if you can’t can’t swallow hard truths and sad events. It speaks about Tehmina’s journey from her childhood albeit one that she couldn’t enjoy as much to her life as mother, a wife a of Mustafa Khar and a betrayed sister in adulthood. It talks about her as a supporting politician for a brief period, one that went into exile with her husband during the Zia regime.

One of the things that I would note any how, most of the things she speaks about are not true for a majority of the population. The problems she faces are one that only a set of people would face (read the Punjabi elite of Pakistan). On the other hand a lot of what she discusses are common issues for village and rural women.

Her fight and struggle for power with her Husband continue through out.. At times one would feel this book is more about the harshness of Mustafa Khar than it is about Tehmina, but then again he is a major character and her Ex-husdand, who played a major role in shaping up her personality.

But once again, if you plan to read this book, make sure you have a solid gut.

Recently: One shot – Lee Child

One shot. Six shots and five dead.

This book is about Jack Reacher and being Lee Child, needless to say it’s fiction. It’s also the only fiction I’ve read recently, came recommended by Wajahat.

It’s amazing how the events unfold, and how our main man detective Jack Reacher figures out how an event must’ve occurred or not occurred at all.. How he determines whats true and what’s fabricated, and in the way he ends up proving the innocence of a man accused of murder and at the same time, taking down a number of people who intend harm.

One thing though that bothered me a little was how Jack Reacher acts to be the one man army, how he is portrayed as if he could do all that he does. Nonetheless it’s an interesting read, one to keep you reading more till you’re done.

Future Read: A Case of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammad Hanif

A case of exploding mangoes. In August 1988, Zia ul Haq gets into a presidential plane and blow up mid way.

I can’t say much about it, I haven’t yet read it, but it’s a book I wanted to read since I read a review some time back.

It’s about the whole case circling around the murder of General Zia-ul-Haq, when his Presidential plane blew up midway. I m looking forward to reading this as soon as I m done with Steve Jobs.

Oh and did I mention, my sister bought me this too. :)

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  • Mubarak. I want the detailed review of Steve jobs book when u r done with it. I might actually buy it. Hard copy! :p

    Also, people say same thing abt Tehmina Durrani’s Blasphemy too, that it would lead you into depression. [Also, its not just Punjabi elite, it can be true for Sindhi elite too]

    November 2, 2011
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  • @Paras
    Sure I can do that.. Also I m sure it’s the same with most feudal elites

    November 4, 2011
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