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    Quote Originally Posted by Momo
    The Sword of Allah: Khalid Ibn Al-Waleed by A. I. Akram. A wonderful book!

    Download e-book from here:

    http://www.imaanstar.com/khalid.php

    If at all possible though, get hold of the printed version from a library, or buy it. I for one am never comfortable reading an e-book.
    Thanks for that link

    Im not keen on e-books either BUT this book is fairly pricey on Amazon

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    Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto; Notes From Death Cell

    A very interesting read, i must say.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/7171285/Zu...rom-Death-Cell


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    Quote Originally Posted by Momo
    The Sword of Allah: Khalid Ibn Al-Waleed by A. I. Akram. A wonderful book!

    Download e-book from here:

    http://www.imaanstar.com/khalid.php

    If at all possible though, get hold of the printed version from a library, or buy it. I for one am never comfortable reading an e-book.

    Can't wait to check this out.

    Been looking for some credible book on him for a while.

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    Finished reading Three Cups of Tea a couple of weeks back - brilliant book. Greg Mortensen is amazing, the work he has done in northern Pakistan is unbelievable - very inspiring. I urge all to read this
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    The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom. This was good, i would give it a 7/10, i felt the ending was a little weak BUT more importantly the book gets you thinking about life

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    Anyone read 'The Book Thief'? Saw it in a charity shop and procrastinated over buying it. Have heard good things about it...

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    Has anyone of you read Shahaab Naama by Qudratullah Shahab

    Alipur ka Aaali by Mumtaz Mufti

    Aik Mohabbat 1oo Afsaane by Asfhaq Ahmad

    Raja Gidh by Banu Qudsia.

    Urdu ki Aakhri Kitaab by Ibn e Insha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeenix
    Has anyone of you read Shahaab Naama by Qudratullah Shahab

    Alipur ka Aaali by Mumtaz Mufti

    Aik Mohabbat 1oo Afsaane by Asfhaq Ahmad

    Raja Gidh by Banu Qudsia.

    Urdu ki Aakhri Kitaab by Ibn e Insha
    The above two books are also in my list of the books to be read!

    They've been HIGHLY recommended by many of my teachers !!!

    And also 'Labbaik' by Mumtaz Mufti.

    I think Qudratullah Shahab, Banu Qudsia, Mumtaz Mufti and Ashfaq Ahmed are our legends...


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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis81
    Muhammad By Martin Ling ... great biography!
    Quote Originally Posted by saqibsalman
    Martin Lings - Muhammad (quite possibly the most well-written seerah of the Prophet Mohammad SAW)
    To me Muhammad of Martin Lings is second to Quran !!!

    This is one book everyone MUST read before leaving this world...

    An exceptional seerah (biography) of an exceptional person!

    It takes you on a journey with the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This book has many many interesting stories of the Prophet and his companions and his family members which we don't get to know through other means. It increased my understanding of my Prophet (peace be upon him) a great deal...

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus
    Anyone read 'The Book Thief'? Saw it in a charity shop and procrastinated over buying it. Have heard good things about it...
    It will be more fitting if this book is stolen rather than bought.

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    Labaik by Mumtaz Muft.
    This book is simply brilliant.highly recommended.

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    One of the funniest books ever:

    Candide by Voltaire.

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    talking of e-books, apparently you can get audiobooks now as well for your ipod,

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    i would definetely recommend th HOLY QURAN


    YAALLAH S.W.T TU NABI S.A.W KAY GHUSTAKOON KAY SAAT WOH KER JO IN KAY SOOCH O GUMAAN SEH BAHIR HO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohsin
    Hey guys, i just thought i'd create this thread for the PP 'bookworms' out there!

    I love my books, and i've just finished reading 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' by Mohammad Hanif...and what a 'novel'!
    I absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down! Highly recommend it.
    You know, I had heard great things about it. So I got it and started reading it...but just couldn't quite get into it....I don't know why...now there is another poster ali in another thread also raving about it...I think I would give it another try

    For the same year for which mangoes was nominated for the Booker, or the adjacent year, the book which won the Booker - "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga - I could hardly put it down. It is what you would call dark humor but there is a lot more to it. It is a fascinating account of the superficiality of the "newly rich" in India, and the daily humiliations of the working class and what it can result into..I won't give away the story...but very highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohsin
    Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto - Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto; Notes From Death Cell 6/10[/CODE]
    If you are interested in Bhutto, you should definitely read Stanley Wolpert's Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan.

    Wolpert's specialty has been the sub continent and he is the author of some very well acclaimed books

    Jinnah of Pakistan
    Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny
    Gandhi's Passion

    and others

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakha84
    i would definetely recommend th HOLY QURAN
    Just came here to see this. Keep it up guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamal Shah
    You know, I had heard great things about it. So I got it and started reading it...but just couldn't quite get into it....I don't know why...now there is another poster ali in another thread also raving about it...I think I would give it another try

    For the same year for which mangoes was nominated for the Booker, or the adjacent year, the book which won the Booker - "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga - I could hardly put it down. It is what you would call dark humor but there is a lot more to it. It is a fascinating account of the superficiality of the "newly rich" in India, and the daily humiliations of the working class and what it can result into..I won't give away the story...but very highly recommended.
    White Tiger is nuthing but a 'slumdog millionare 'of Novels ...written for the western audience , it portrays india the way the west wants too see us...some real facts , a lot of exaggeration ...another book nominated in the same year 'Sea of Poppies' by amito Gosh was a much better read ..but not surprisingly they chose Adigas book ...& not surprisingly the movies as well as the book appealed to a lot of pakistanis



    been half through ' 100 years of solitude ' for 3 months now , good book it seems but need time and patience and time to finish it ....picked up case of exploding mangoes few weeks back ...!


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    Ulysses.

    Greatest. Book. Ever.

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    jusarrived - if for a few moments, you get out of this "India victim" mentality, you would see like a good work of art, The White Tiger's theme doesn't apply just to India, or for that matter, at any particular time in history. India is only the context in the novel....

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    One other book that is on my to - read list is A Confederacy of Dunces. Just the fact that Walker Percy wrote the foreword to it is more than enough to tell me it should be good - it is considered something of a modern classic as well

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...cm_cr_asin_lnk

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    "Dreams from my father" by B. Obama

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    "Dreams from my father" by B. Obama
    obsession with obama continues, cmon guys focus, its book you want to recommend , has to be good, not books people want to put under unbalanced tables

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    I recently read "In other rooms, other wonders" by Daniyal Mueenuddin who is a new up and coming pakistani writer...i like mohsin hamid's novels better though..anyone who has been to lahore or lived there will enjoy his books..i think they've been mentioned here before, "moth smoke" and "the reluctant fundamentalist" were both great...

    "Kartography" by Kamila Shamsie is also a good read...

    for non-fiction "War at the top of the World" by Eric Margolis is one of the best books you can ever read on the geo-politics in southeast asia with particular emphasis on Pakistan...highly recommended..

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    OK guys, here's the deal.

    My A2 exams have finished and my summer holidays have begun (earlier then all others since my exams are over), there's so much a person can go out or so much a person can watch TV or sit in front of the TV.

    Are there any books anyone could recommend that are maybe similar to something like...kiterunner, a thousand splendid suns or even a box of exploding mangoes? I know it may sound a little 'too direct' but has anyone enjoyed any books similar to these?

    Thanks.


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    Lords of the Golden Horn.


    AN ARMY OF SHEEP LED BY LION WOULD DEFEAT AN ARMY OF LION LED BY SHEEP!

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    This is a great book named Imran Khan by Ivo Tennant. Definitely worth a read
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohsin
    OK guys, here's the deal.

    My A2 exams have finished and my summer holidays have begun (earlier then all others since my exams are over), there's so much a person can go out or so much a person can watch TV or sit in front of the TV.

    Are there any books anyone could recommend that are maybe similar to something like...kiterunner, a thousand splendid suns or even a box of exploding mangoes? I know it may sound a little 'too direct' but has anyone enjoyed any books similar to these?

    Thanks.
    well i got a few books recently havent started , but similar to the books above...

    Morning Spy Evening Spy
    that book like charlie wilsons war is in production to be made a film, havent started reading it yet, but here is the review

    An Afghan resistance fighter of the 1980s, once on the CIA payroll, has come back to haunt the agency. Kareem has become an enemy who works with al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He has arranged the murder of an American CIA agent in Pakistan, which may compromise an intricate, long-planned CIA operation to capture Osama bin Laden.

    CIA officer Paul Patterson, who had "run" Kareem as an agent during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, sets out to track him down. Patterson navigates a shadow land of intrigue in England, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, where truth and lies seem to merge.

    Colin MacKinnon, praised by the New Yorker for capturing "the le Carré manner", breathes life into historical fact with this gripping, fast-paced novel about the search for bin Laden in the months leading up to 9/11.




    There is ahmed rashids books, first there is 'taliban', not an actual novel, just guide to the taliban, and his latest book, descent into choas, talks about pak/afghan


    a similar book perhaps slightly to ATSS is THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS, by anita ?????, set in Iran tho, struggles of a young 14 year old girl with her mother after the death of her father

    Btw, the only book i have fully read from the above is ' taliban',

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    Excellent, thanks a lot hussein!

    Serendipity is the book basically just a history of the Ottomans (like a history book) or is it/has it got elements of a novel/light heartedness?

    I remember an old Imran Khan autobiography of my dad's which was lying around the house a while back, flicked through it was quite an interesting read. I forgot the name of it...i think it was something like Imran Khan: beyond the boundary or something like that. I'll try and find the proper title if i can.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jusarrived
    White Tiger is nuthing but a 'slumdog millionare 'of Novels ...written for the western audience , it portrays india the way the west wants too see us...some real facts , a lot of exaggeration ...another book nominated in the same year 'Sea of Poppies' by amito Gosh was a much better read ..but not surprisingly they chose Adigas book ...& not surprisingly the movies as well as the book appealed to a lot of pakistanis



    been half through ' 100 years of solitude ' for 3 months now , good book it seems but need time and patience and time to finish it ....picked up case of exploding mangoes few weeks back ...!
    I read that a few months back. It was decent enough, but it just seemed to meander along - not page turning, not snooze-inducing - just, well, strictly mediocre.

    I am currently reading "The heart of Islam" by Syed Hussein Nasr. A wonderful introduction to traditional Islam. Although it does cover a lot of basics, I did learn a fair bit about how best to interpret our religion.

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    Books Thread

    I would like to start a thread where we can discuss and recommend books for each other.
    PP is awesome with cricket/interviews etc.
    I'll start:

    Da VinciCode - we've all heard this story

    Case of exploding mangoes- excellent book on the Zia era/ pakistan


    Please add your books about pakistan/ general interest

    Can the mods sticky this thread, cheers :younis

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    Finally a thread of my liking . I'm a real book worm myself actually.I prefer Fiction over Non-Fiction.I am a sucker for Romantic/Drama types with sad endings and also the Scary/Suspense/Alien types as well.
    I would love to recommend A Newyork bestseller "THE BEAST" to many book lovers and I will say this that it is a rare piece of Classical Adventure.The Plot is quite similiar to the JAWS MOVIE but this one doesn't have sharks in it .


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    Just finished reading The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader... it's the seventh book in the Bourne series that has become popular due to the movies they've made. It's an excellent series in my opinion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohsin
    Excellent, thanks a lot hussein!

    Serendipity is the book basically just a history of the Ottomans (like a history book) or is it/has it got elements of a novel/light heartedness?

    I remember an old Imran Khan autobiography of my dad's which was lying around the house a while back, flicked through it was quite an interesting read. I forgot the name of it...i think it was something like Imran Khan: beyond the boundary or something like that. I'll try and find the proper title if i can.
    Mohsin, It is fairly balanced given that it is written by an englishman but is not a history book so to speak.


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    I just finished a book called the Alexander Cipher by Will Adams. Just picked it up after the library didn’t have the book i want (a recommendation made in this thread) and it very pleasantly surprised it.

    8/10


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    Talking of books, you guys buy the books and get it from library, most people buy the cheap 2nd hand ones from amazon, starting 1p upwards, although the delivery i s £3

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    Quote Originally Posted by has 786
    I read that a few months back. It was decent enough, but it just seemed to meander along - not page turning, not snooze-inducing - just, well, strictly mediocre.

    I am currently reading "The heart of Islam" by Syed Hussein Nasr. A wonderful introduction to traditional Islam. Although it does cover a lot of basics, I did learn a fair bit about how best to interpret our religion.
    tend to agree with you on that , so have taken a break now ...cos i just cudnt resist to start with 12-15 books i have picked up recently ...finished 'case of exploding mangoes ' , my second book by a pak writer , though 'reluctant fundamentalist ' was a much better read . I wud recommend this one as well , has painted pakistan close to i have always imagined , found it interesting enuf to finish in 2 days .


    currently reading V . S Naipuls ' A bend in the river ' , like it so far


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    Quote Originally Posted by hussein
    Talking of books, you guys buy the books and get it from library, most people buy the cheap 2nd hand ones from amazon, starting 1p upwards, although the delivery i s £3
    no pirated copies , pdfs or even second hand ones for me , i prefer genuine copies and dont mind paying a little extra for it


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    Bumpaty bump!

    Anyone read any good books recently?!

    Once again for those who haven’t read it, i HIGHLY recommend 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' by Mohammad Hanif.


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    MY SISTERS KEEPER by Jodi Picoult.......a gluing read. Immensely sad and emotional as well as tragic, about 2 sisters and one has leukemia and survives off donations off blood from her sister (her genetic twin), and at the end the book gets messed up, and the girl with leukemia survives and the normal sister dies in an accident. This book portrays the effect of the ill health of one girl on an entire household.....very very interesting and absorbing (i found out that i was crying when i noticed a tear splashed onto the page when i was about 2 turn it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_fever
    MY SISTERS KEEPER by Jodi Picoult.......a gluing read. Immensely sad and emotional as well as tragic, about 2 sisters and one has leukemia and survives off donations off blood from her sister (her genetic twin), and at the end the book gets messed up, and the girl with leukemia survives and the normal sister dies in an accident. This book portrays the effect of the ill health of one girl on an entire household.....very very interesting and absorbing (i found out that i was crying when i noticed a tear splashed onto the page when i was about 2 turn it).
    My sister read "Mercy" as well which was written by Jodi Picoult.

    I have only watched the movie and I thought it was amazing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingusama92
    My sister read "Mercy" as well which was written by Jodi Picoult.

    I have only watched the movie and I thought it was amazing.
    I wanna read that book, inshallah i will, but read/watch my sisters keeper, its also amazing


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    hey guys nice thread! :]
    i like books based on reality and sort of current affairs..or stuff that im familiar with
    like khalid hossein-a thousand splendid suns which i finished within a day(lol)

    basically anything interesting :]
    btw i know this thread is about recommending books but i want to say that "the wasted vigil" absolutely wasted my time.

    i havent got any books to recommend as i havent been reading for a while

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    For me, i like the plays of Ashfaq Ahmed specially ' Manchalay kaa Sauda"

    but the urdu written drama by Basir Kazmi " BISAAT" is a very imaginative piece of fiction.

    'Astonishing the Gods" by ben okri, "Amnesia" by Douglas cooper, and "The Wars" by Timothy Findley, are very beautiful books to read.

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    Empress Orchid - Anchee Min
    Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    Both fantastic reads

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    nice thread.

    i've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately. here are some of them. click on the titles for links to Amazon where you can read other people's reviews.

    currently reading:
    Stones Into Schools
    This is the 2nd book by Greg Mortenson, the 1st being the bestseller Three Cups of Tea. Mortenson's the founder of the Central Asia Institute and his mission is to build schools in the remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, specifically to promote girls' education. Inspirational guy.

    read recently:
    Born To Run
    read this book if you're into distance running. true story about an Indian tribe in Mexico whose members will run two-day races for fun. the book talks about how the human being is the most efficient running machine known to nature, and how the modern running shoe with all its padding and cushioning rather than preventing injuries actually causes more of them. very entertaining read.

    K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
    Fabulous book about K2's mountaineering history. Written by Ed Viesturs, who's the first American mountaineer (and one of only 18 people in the world) to have climbed all 14 8000m+ peaks in the world. He considers K2 to be by far the most challenging of them all.

    Where the Indus Is Young
    Travel log of Dervla Murphy, an Irish lady who, together with her 5-year old daughter and a horse, traveled through remote villages in Baltistan in the dead of winter in 1973. She mostly relied on the hospitality of the local people for food and shelter.

    edit: fixed link
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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sixer
    hey guys nice thread! :]
    i like books based on reality and sort of current affairs..or stuff that im familiar with
    like khalid hossein-a thousand splendid suns which i finished within a day(lol)

    basically anything interesting :]
    btw i know this thread is about recommending books but i want to say that "the wasted vigil" absolutely wasted my time.

    i havent got any books to recommend as i havent been reading for a while
    Definitely see where your coming from, really hard to put down,'one more chapter'...'mmh maybe one more!'

    Have you read Kiterunner too, if not i recommend that too.


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    I've been reading The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam. A very good read, I must say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boi
    I've been reading The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam. A very good read, I must say.
    really?i found it very confusing and a little dull =|

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    Moth Smoke was by far the best book I read this year.

    Enthralling read, a real damning indictment of a fledgling society.

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    moth smoke is a very good book...also The Wishmaker by Ali Sethi I thought was a really good read...Home Boy is another pakistani novel that was just published

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    Moth smoke certainly provides an interesting glimpse and social commentary into the urban life as experienced by the young in Pakistan.

    The importance of sifaarish and status in Pakistan is highlighted.

    In one passage, Daru - who aspires to join the elite - notes even the difference in sounds of the slamming of the car doors between his Suzuki and his childhood friend's, Pajero: "the deep thuds of the Pajero and Land Cruiser, the nervous cough of my Suzuki.”

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    Under The Dome, Stephen King.

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    Dostoevsky's ''The Dream of a Ridiculous Man'': Short story, brutally honest, and brilliant, as are all his works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d0gers
    nice thread.

    i've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately. here are some of them. click on the titles for links to Amazon where you can read other people's reviews.

    currently reading:
    Stones Into Schools
    This is the 2nd book by Greg Mortenson, the 1st being the bestseller Three Cups of Tea. Mortenson's the founder of the Central Asia Institute and his mission is to build schools in the remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, specifically to promote girls' education. Inspirational guy.

    Where the Indus Is Young
    Travel log of Dervla Murphy, an Irish lady who, together with her 5-year old daughter and a horse, traveled through remote villages in Baltistan in the dead of winter in 1973. She mostly relied on the hospitality of the local people for food and shelter.

    edit: fixed link
    I read Three Cups of Tea, brilliant book - thanks for the link to his new book, didnt realise he had another one out.

    Also i have been meaning to get Where the Indus Is Young for some time as it sounded interesting - what did you think of it?

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    ZAVIA by ASHFAQ AHMAD is a treat to watch.Great inspiring book.
    I have got pdf format of this book. If any body interested i can send it to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordie Ahmed
    I read Three Cups of Tea, brilliant book - thanks for the link to his new book, didnt realise he had another one out.

    Also i have been meaning to get Where the Indus Is Young for some time as it sounded interesting - what did you think of it?
    hey no problem. yeah Stones Into Schools just came out Dec 1 here in the US. sort of continues from where Three Cups of Tea left off.

    Where the Indus Is Young is literally a diary, with an account given for each day over three months. She starts in Islamabad then slowly makes her way up north and then eventually back down. I liked it because I'm fascinated by the region of Baltistan and the author describes in wonderful detail the people she meets and the places she visits, some of them extremely remote mountain villages where nobody in their right mind would venture out to, especially not in winter. There is quite a bit of social commentary in the book as well, so it's a good way to find out what sorts of things were happening in Pakistan in 1973, but in a manner that I find more engaging than reading a history book.


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    Interesting - It was mentioned in Three Cups of Tea so its been on my list of books to get. Think i will get that the next time i do a book shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordie Ahmed
    Interesting - It was mentioned in Three Cups of Tea so its been on my list of books to get. Think i will get that the next time i do a book shop
    yeah that's how I found out about it as well! I like it when books mention other books, because otherwise there's just so much to read out there.


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    I received a gift voucher as a birthday gift so I looked through this thread for some quality reading ideas.

    I bought:
    a case of exploding mangoes (which I'm half way through and really enjoying)
    a thousand splendid suns
    kiterunner
    reluctant fundementalist
    also a non-fiction title Islam: a short history (by Karen Armstrong).

    I'll let you know my fav from the above once I've read them.

    I just finished (for a second time) Da Vinci Code which is a good read.

    Moth Smoke and Muhammad (Martin Lings bio) are also on my list for future reading.

    Great thread keep up with the recommendations.


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    i read 'the saga of darren shan' when i was younger ( few years ago) enjoyed it thoroughly and the movie does not do it justice!!


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    this book is absolutly fantastic and a must read for people into banking.

    Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Banker: And Other Baller Things You Only Get to Say If You Work on Wall Street
    by Leveraged Sell-Out

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    Just read Gazza's biography. A really really daft bloke with a nice heart him and some mental issues. An entertaining read.

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    Keep of the Grass - Karan Bajaj | Hillarious Premise |

    Perfume - Patrick Suskind

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    just finished reading City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism by Jim Krane. a very interesting book, which made me realize how little I know about Dubai and the UAE in general. had no idea, for example, that as late as 1960 Dubai did not have running water or electricity. to go from that to where it is today in such a short period of time is pretty astounding.

    interesting tidbits:

    the region's chief economy back in the day was pearling, as the Persian Gulf was a suitable breeding ground for oysters. that economy collapsed with the Great Depression as pearls became the last thing on people's minds, and then almost completely disappeared after the Japanese discovered ways to genetically engineer pearls

    the annual subsidy a citizen of Abu Dhabi gets because of the eimrate's oil resources is $55,000.

    at one point in the last decade, 20% of the world's entire supply of construction cranes were in Dubai.


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    HOPE-----by Lesley Pearse ...............................wonderful book, of scandal, and how a girl realises her true identity, ousted from her house, because of the reasons behind her birth......intriguing story......her name hope is her destinity

    also

    Southern lights----by Danielle Steel is i think one of the best books in history!
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    the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid: erradicating poverty through profits.

    Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai, by: Ben Mezrich


    Currently reading ben mezrichs new book,

    The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iqbal'sh
    Moth Smoke and Muhammad (Martin Lings bio) are also on my list for future reading.
    Have read that. It's a bit too sufi'istic and miracle oriented for my liking. But please go ahead and check it out for yourself.

    The biography I would recommend is 'The life of Muhammad' by 'Muhammad Husayn Haykal'.

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    Currently reading: 'Young Stalin' by Simon Sebag Montifiore

    Extremely engrossing read about Joseph 'Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili' Stalin's early life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Iqbal'sh
    I received a gift voucher as a birthday gift so I looked through this thread for some quality reading ideas.

    I bought:
    a case of exploding mangoes (which I'm half way through and really enjoying)
    a thousand splendid suns
    kiterunner
    reluctant fundementalist
    also a non-fiction title Islam: a short history (by Karen Armstrong).

    I'll let you know my fav from the above once I've read them.
    Just started reading Islam: a short history; having read the other four books mentioned above they were indeed all very good recomendations. I won't try to rate them instead I will list them in order of my favourite :

    1) A thousand splendid suns
    2) Kiterunner
    3) A case of exploding mangoes
    4) A reluctant fundementalist

    I have to say the two Khalid Hosseini books were amazingly told stories and quite a stretch better than the other two novels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Momo
    Have read that. It's a bit too sufi'istic and miracle oriented for my liking. But please go ahead and check it out for yourself.

    The biography I would recommend is 'The life of Muhammad' by 'Muhammad Husayn Haykal'.
    Thanks for sharing -- I'm on a bit of a roll having read 5 books in about 6 weeks is some going for me.
    Hopefully I will continue this and so I aim to read both the bios on Muhammad (pbuh).


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    I'm currently reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, needless to say it will take me quite a while to finish this particular book

    i have recently finished reading 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho and 'A streetcar named desire' by Tennessee Williams both of these books proved to be quite an interesting read.
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    Anyone read Mushtaq Ahmed aka Mushy's "2020 VISION" ?

    Or Faras Ghani's "Champions Agian" ?


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    Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

    One of the best memoirs one can ever hope to read. So humorous and so sad at the same time. Had got it years ago but was postposing reading it for one reason or the other. Finally read it and it is a brilliant piece of work.

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Definetely a great and exciting novel if you have read the previous ones.

    If you haven't, start reading from the first one. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.


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    I recently joined the Red Maple reading group in our school. We have to read books and answer questions on them. It's really fun and you get to read some amazing books!

    So far I have read:

    Leaving Fletchville
    and Word Nerd, both great books!


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    What do you guys think of Khakam ba dahan (Dust in my mouth) by Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi Sahib?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Momo
    Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

    One of the best memoirs one can ever hope to read. So humorous and so sad at the same time. Had got it years ago but was postposing reading it for one reason or the other. Finally read it and it is a brilliant piece of work.
    Brings back memories! I read it back in 12th grade. One of the best memoirs ever written. One of the best lines was when he goes to the priest to confess and the priest asks him if he's been 'harming' animal.

    Have you seen the movie?

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    The Way of the World by Ron Suskind

    Fascinating stuff, often quoted by politicians (IK) and even by supreme court recently in the NRO case.

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    What Sport tells us about Life
    Imran Khan-The Cricketer, The Celebrity, The Policitian
    BBC World Cup Stories
    Chicken Soup for the Soul (enlighting read)
    How to make Friends and Influence People (people and business skills)
    The Magic of Thinking Big (self improvement)

    All fantastic reads.
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