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Finished reading this book by Nadeem Aslam just now. What an engaging and intense book! Confession: Not much of an English fiction fan, especially the books set against the background of wars. However, this book entranced me to the point that I couldn’t keep it down, finishing it in 3 days. This is the second book in one month to affect me at such an emotional level. Feels like I have gone through the tiresome and excruciating journey with the characters of the book. Exhausted I feel.

“For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.” (Isaiah 9:5)

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I read this one quite some time ago. Where do I place myself? Somewhere between a polygamist reader and a neurotic reader, trying desperately to become a monogamist reader (and failing miserably).

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Yes, I can relate to what John Wilson is saying in these verses. I have been trying to catch up on my reading. The neuroscience book that I started reading will need more time for me to finish. In the meantime, I have started reading another book which I have had since Oct 2008. While I was reading John Wilson’s verses, I was also reminded of one of Omar Khayyam’s rubaiyat (quatrains), as translated by Edward FitzGerald.

“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”

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After finishing the book “Azazeel” (English version) by Youssef Ziedan, and “Kishwar Naheed Ki Notebook” (Kishwar Naheed’s Notebook) by Kishwar Naheed, I finally picked up the book titled “The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad” authored by Lesley Hazleton. This book deals with a very sensitive and, hence, challenging subject as it covers ‘the extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited – and remade’ (from the book’s back cover)

I am quite wary of history books due to their usual tendency to be full of historical facts (a bit too much to remember for someone like me) but this one came strongly recommended by my sister (a history grad). I had been delaying it for sometime but finally decided to start reading it on the 3rd day of Eid (last day of Eid holidays). I think watching Lesley’s two TED talks encouraged me to opt for this book as I found her to be a good speaker and a storyteller (not story-creator but storyteller, mind you). Found this book so interesting that I have had a hard time putting it down. It’s been with me from that day and I am half way through already. Quite an engaging book!

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Further to my post about my Goodreads.com Reading Challenge 2014, I am happy to document that I’m at 92% achievement. i.e. 22 out of 24 books. The last one I finished was The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. I started reading this book (print copy) while I was reading Azazeel (English translation, e-book) by Youssef Ziedan. The Azazeel book was taking time to pick up pace, so I moved to the 4-Hour Workweek book. Being on a 10-day long field visit with natural beauty around didn’t help much with Azazeel either. Anyway, I read more pages of Tim Ferriss book in 3 days than I had read from Azazeel in 10 days. Sorry, but this book is SLOW. I finished the Tim Ferris book and have started reading Adultery by Paulo Coelho in parallel to Azazeel (140 pages and continued). Let’s see which one I finish first.

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Finished reading ‘The Habit of Winning‘ by Prakash Iyer. Now reading I have a dream‘ by Rashmi Bansal. It’s a book about the inspiring stories of 20 social entrepreneurs who found new ways to solve old problems. Looks interesting.

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