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Thursday, August 10, 2006

It's Book Week in Blogland

... only because I want it to be one :-)

Here's my list of books:
  • One that changed my life: My father's short story collection - Naee Paud (now out of print)
  • One that I've read more than once: Alice in Wonderland
  • One I'd want on a desert island: Tilismé Hoash Rübaa (An Urdu classic of Fantasy and Fiction)
  • One that made me laugh: Catch-22
  • One that made me cry: Catch-22
  • One I am currently reading: Irshad Manji's The Trouble With Islam Today
  • One I have been meaning to read (but won't): The Tariq Ali Quartet
  • One I think everyone should own: MacBook
  • One that I wish had never been written: Everything ever written by William Bennett.
  • One that I wish had been written: Ships and Shoes and Sealing Wax - The book I have been trying to write for 5 years now!
Now I look forward to seeing yours. Have a nice week!

PS: The meme for this idea comes from Sage

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Blogger the olive ream said...

Inspirational ZAK. Catch-22 is old favourite of mine.

10 August, 2006 15:22

Blogger cheesoo said...

tariq ali's trilogy/quartet makes for fantastic reading.. do read it at the earliest

10 August, 2006 23:13

Anonymous Adil Najam said...

- One that I suggest to anyone who wants to get an insight on US-Paksitan relations: "Charlie Wilson's War"
- One that I oncce bought 20 copies of to give as a gift to my favorite students: "Technics and Civilization" by lewish mumford
- One that I have been desperately search for a copy of "Fiaz" a book of cartoons by teh incomprable Vai Ell (Yufuf Lodi) published by Vanguard
-One that I evangelize as if it were my own: "History of God" by Karen Armstrong

10 August, 2006 23:46

Blogger moizza said...

LOL. Just thinking about Catch-22 makes me crack up. I want a huge signboard in my room screaming "Yossarin LIVES!" :P

13 August, 2006 01:53

Blogger Zakintosh said...

@ moizza: Have you read the sequel, Closing Time? Though it never got recognition, it's stroke of genius. But only or realy ardent Catch-22 lovers.

13 August, 2006 12:33

Anonymous moizza said...

No I haven't. I read a bit of "Something Happens" (I think that was the title) didn't like it much. I didn't know there was a sequel to Catch-22. Will try to get it.

13 August, 2006 12:34

Anonymous rayhan said...

For zakintosh and others who posted in Book Week -
How about sharing what it was about the books that changed your lives.

For moizza -
Something Happened 'failed' because Catch-22 led people to expect the same style. Also, it described an environment many of the younger readers had no idea of. But, reviews showed, senior management found it accurate enough to hate. :)

And I am sending someone out looking for Closing Time, right now. Otherwise it'll have to be trusty old Jeff's Magical Warehouse.

13 August, 2006 13:08

Blogger Deevaan said...

Adil, sadly Karen Armstrong's book on Prophet Mohammad (SAW), to the best of my knowledge, remains banned in Pakistan. Was able to get access to it & was equally moving. Anything by Karen Armstrong strengthens the faith no matter which faith she is writing about :)

14 August, 2006 22:51

Anonymous Adil Najam said...

deevaan..... surprised... why would they ban that book.... it is, in my view, an OK book, at best; certainly NOT her best work... I thouht it was more of an introduction... it is VERY sympathetic to the its subject, but like all her books she takes a historical look at her subject, not a theological. I am actually a big fan of her work, although I recently found she is not the best public speaker ...

15 August, 2006 06:52

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One that changed my life: The Fountain Head
One that I've read more than once AND LOVED: Alice in Wonderland
One I'd want on a desert island:
A Secret History by Donna Tartt
One that made me laugh: cyber cafe by bina shah
One that made me cry: Catcher in the rye
One I am currently reading: Invisible Cities by Italo calvino
One I have been meaning to read: Aag ka darya
One I think everyone should own: the alchemist/rubayyat -e rumi
One that I wish had never been written: hmmm....
One that I wish had been written:

16 August, 2006 11:48

Blogger vintage said...

a nice little discussion has been taking place here...

"Ships and Shoes and Sealing Wax", that is SO you. somehow i cannot imagine the sailor-you. cannot. despite hearing the stories from you and the parents and seeing the photographs. i somehow cannot.

16 August, 2006 16:19

Blogger Faisal Khan said...

There a very nice book by Richard P. Feynman called "Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman" - an excellent read, sort of an autobiography of R.P. Feynman who was a Nobel Laureate in Physics.

19 August, 2006 12:26

Anonymous rayhan said...

@ faisal khan: Great suggestion to those who are unfamiliar with RPF. But what about are your 'other' entries? Do tell us. Also which of the 7 possible categories (from zakintosh's list) would you place this into?

Had Feynman's books and videos been part of our schooling, we would be better 'educated' today and not just in Science. Guys, do watch the BBC-Horizon documentary on him ... pirated and/or downloadable versions must be available somewhere in your world.

19 August, 2006 13:37

Anonymous rayhan said...

Just to clarify to people who are confused by napoleon blown apart's comment. While the two books she mentions in

One that I wish had never been written: hmmm....
One that I wish had been written: hmmm...

seem the same at first glance, please note that the first one has an extra dot in its title.

19 August, 2006 13:42

Blogger Mina said...

ships and shoes and sealing wax reminds me of 'puff the magic dragon', who liked 'bits of string and sealing wax, and other fancy stuff' :)

19 August, 2006 21:39


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