Reading Corner with Mohammad Farooq

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Mohammad Farooq is a Senior Sub-Editor at Profit by Pakistan Today and a history aficionado.

How and when did you develop an interest in reading?  What is the importance of this habit in your life?

I had a passion for history since sixth grade. I started reading very late, when I was 28 years of age. Reading is of critical importance for me, I see it as a tool for knowledge-building and learning more about the world around me.

When it comes to genre, which one do you prefer reading the most? Reason for this preference?

History, as mentioned earlier. I prefer it because it gives valuable insights into the past, the culture and happenings and helps me link it to the present era.

Recall an Aha moment(s) you had while reading. How has that changed your perspective to life?

Learning about Islamic science achievements, and how little I knew before. I try earnestly to

If you were to re-write a book that you have read, which one would you? Why would you change it?

None, really.

Do you have an emotional bond with any specific books? What caused that bond?

The Holy War, Karen Armstrong. Gave me an insight into the Crusades and a balanced perspective of what transpired. The reasons for why Islam and Christianity clashed during that era.

Do you keep going back to any book(s)? Why? Any book(s) you have not been able to finish? Why?

None, really. A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain is one book I have been unable to finish and discern, honestly. Tried three times but failed, maybe I have read quite a number of books on similar subject, which got me bored.

Who are your favourite writers? Any writer(s) you think are under rated? Your favourite Pakistani writer(s)?

Karon Armstrong for her balanced outlook. In Pakistani writers, of course Ayesha Jalal. No writers are under-rated in my eye in context of historical reading.

Any short stories or essays that you would like to recommend to our readers?

Read Saadat Hassan Manto’s short stories, especially his work “Chacha Sam Kai naam Khatoot.”

 

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