It’s time to bid goodbye to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which went viral on social media during July – August 2014. But now we have another challenge making rounds on the social media: ‘The Book Bucket Challenge’ or ’10 Books Challenge’. I have been nominated by quite a number of people over social media for this challenge.
First question that often creeps in the mind is why this would be a challenge? Answer is for book lovers this is a daunting task. To select a list of 10 books you loved and had an effect on you from a humongous personal collection of books or library is surely a difficult task.
After being nominated, the first question that crossed my mind was what’s the background of this challenge. While searching I came across this article on web which might be useful in case you want to know what this challenge is all about: “What The Book Bucket Challenge Is All About?”
Without further ado, here you go, folks. My list of 10 books in no particular order is:
1. “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History” by Michael H. Hart.
This book is really worth reading. It is perhaps one of the greatest books on the analysis of history ever written. Hart’s selection may surprise some and questioned by others. Nevertheless its an excellent and enlightening book on the works and life of various personalities who changed the course of history of the world.
2. “Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan” by Peter Oborne.
For cricket enthusiast and lovers like me who grew up watching sports in 1990s and 2000s derive inspiration from likes of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam ul Haq, Muhammad Yousaf, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Misbah ul Haq and Saeed Ajmal. We are not much aware of the cricket history and heroes before 90s. That is why the first half of the this book which analyses Pakistan cricket from partition to 1980s was the best part for me. I wrote are review of this book as well which you can read here: Book Review: “Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan” by Peter Oborne.
3. “Udas Naslain” by Abdullah Hussain
Its a classic. One of best Urdu novels and a very fine book on the events of Indo-Pak partition. The book takes us deep into the issues of partition related to masses who suddenly had to leave their homes of decades to unknown lands, without religious connotations. A beautiful piece of writing. It is simply unputdownable. An English translation of this book is also available now. Check it out here.
4. “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists” by Michael Hamilton Morgan
This book was brilliant and enlightening read for me. This book is a must read for both Muslims and non-Muslims. A fascinating read of the lost history of Muslim scientists, thinkers and artists had and influenced on the world. It clarifies a lot of misunderstandings. This book also helped me in writing an article, a more of thesis, on Muslim identity crises. You can read the article here: Muslim Identity Crises: From Golden Ages to Militancy.
5. “Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence” by Jaswant Singh
Mr Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, known as ‘Quaid-e-Azam’ (The Great Leader’) has been one of major inspirations in my life. It is one of the best books on partition and life of Mr Jinnah. Reading it from the perspective of a leader of BJP, an Indian political party, was really intriguing.
6. “Raja Gidh” by Bano Qudsiyah
‘Gidh’ is the Urdu word for a vulture and ‘Raja’ is a Hindi synonym for king. This book is a work of art of immeasurable proportions. One of the best Urdu novels this book has quite a touch of philosophy as well. I learned a lot from this book.
7. “Sectarian War: Pakistan’s Sunni-Shia Violence and Its Links to the Middle East” by Khaled Ahmad
The narrative in this book is gripping and bold. I love reading history and this books was really enlightening for me. Any one who wants to understand the Sunni-Shia violence not only in Pakistan but world as well, this is your guide to it.
8. “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” by Mohsin Hamid
It an excellent novel. It is a vital and affecting portrait of a teeming and globally significant, but largely unrecorded culture. The book shows the power of imagination and creativity of Mohsin Hamid, one of my favourite novelists. As you ll read it it ll sound pretty much real.
9. “The Prisoner” by Omar Shahid Hamid
All cities have secret lives but with so many hopes packed into such a cramped place, Karachi is in a league of its own. Omar has penned a brilliant novel. It portrays so much reality. The plot is full of so many twists and turns, suspense and thrill – it is unputdownable.
10. “Eleven Minutes” by Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is my favourite novelist. I have read his so many novels. The content of this book might be explicit but its a very interesting read. You will have to reach the book with open mind to understand it.
So now I would like to extend the challenge to all of you. Please share your list in the comments box or in your blog by ping back. 😀