A year that was…

Yet another year ended leaving behind a mix of pleasant and not-so-pleasant moments. As I sat down over a cup of tea with friends this evening (the very last evening of the year 2012), we told each other how wonderful the year had been for each of us, specifying some major happenings that took place in our respective lives. On my way back home I also mulled over the year gone by and came to realize that, besides all the major and important occurrences, everyday was a blessing in itself and to have lived the days responsibly well was no less than a feat and a blessing from the Lord Almighty.

A day at sea
A day at sea

Rising in the morning well, waving the kids off to school, having a refreshing breakfast, receiving “good morning” SMSs, heading to the workplace while enjoying all the things on way, performing duties as well as possible, meeting with friends, coming back home, playing with kids, having a chat with mom and wife over dinner, watching some tv/film, reading a book, e-socializing and finally saying long kiss goodnight with a prayer of thanks and a hope to wake up next morning are just as better achievements during the whole year as are those for which we work harder and harder.

Then there were of course weekends and holidays that I enjoyed with family or friends. While one is living in a bigger city, visiting smaller village is always a refreshing treat. There I get to see relatives and school friends, and all the natural landscapes which are very heartening.

One resolution that I made and couldn’t attain was reading 12 books, of which I hoped would read 8 at least, but could only finish two. Now I shall have to read remaining ten this year and then go for more, which is again very very less less likely likely… 🙂

However, the year ended so well with a surprise visit to Islamabad and Azad Jamu & Kashmir, my next post most probably be about that visit.

Tomorrow morning will be no different from all previous ones except only the year on cell phones, computers and calendars. I look forward to the same great year as 2012. Apart from what I would work towards achieving, there will of course be a number of pleasant surprises as well.


2012 – A Year of reading

I have always had a come-on towards books and I have always wanted to read as many as I can, but till today I haven’t been real-successful in taking time out of my otiosity, sit and read. This is going to be for the first time that I have made some resolutions for the New Year, and topmost resolution is reading at least 12 books, a book a month. Initially I had decided to set target of reading 10 books, then I thought to increase the list to 12, this might enable me to finish 10 at least J. Since I am more into non-fiction, so my list includes 2 autobiographies, 2 biographies, 4 histories and 3 fictions only, plus 1 general.

  1. No god but God by Reza Aslan: I would start with subject of my interest, Islamic History. Being a believing Muslim, I must know about my religion’s history, present and future.
  2. The Life of Muhammad (A translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah) by A. Guillaume: I have grown up listening to stories of the Prophet from elders, and only little I read about him in school. So this is going to be a detailed look into the prophet’s life.
  3. Pakistan at the Crosscurrent of History by Lawrence Ziring: History of Pakistan.
  4. Jinnah of Pakistan by Stanley Wolpert: A biography of the founder of Pakistan.
  5. In Other Rooms Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin: A collection of 8 interconnected short stories.
  6. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These are few of the questions the books claims to answer.
  7. Daughter of the East: An Autobiography by Benazir Bhutto. Beautiful, charismatic, and the first and only woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. Bhutto’s autobiography chronicles a life of strength, dedication, and courage in the face of adversity. This is the life story of one of the most prominent female politicians of the 20th century.
  8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez : This is going to be first novel from modern literature I shall be reading, the only novels I have read have been classics.
  9. The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong: Today which seem to be governed by reason and technology, fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion, and is considered a grave threat to modernity. ‘Why’ is the question addressed in this book.
  10. South Asia-A Historical Narrative by Mohammed Yunus & Aradhana Parmar: History of Subcontinent.
  11. Animal Farm by George Orwell: I have heard a lot about this great work by George Orwell, hope to enjoy it as much.
  12. Issues in Pakistan’s Economy by S. Akbar Zaidi: This book is about Pakistan’s economic history and political economy.

P.s. I am not going to read the books in the same order they are numbered here.