With juggling household responsibilities, study workload and long working hours, pleasure reading has been pushed down most of our lists — but with Imran Khan recommending a book on the regular, we’re thinking if the Prime Minister can make time, so can we!
“This month I recommend the book History of the Pathans by Brig (r) Haroon Rashid,” the former cricket legend encouraged.
“Volume 7 which I am reading is about Pathan tribes like mine who came to India from Afghanistan in the last one thousand years and settled in various parts of India,” he said, adding that it traces the role they played in shaping the history of the Subcontinent.
The author, considered a son of the Kohat soil unveiled not just the history, but the cultural heritage and traditions of Pathan land. While to many, the name suggests they are a native of Afghanistan or the North West Frontier of Pakistan; to most, the race with its extremely complicated ramification into various tribes and clans, is still a mystery.
Previously, Khan’s November recommendation included Capitalism’s Achilles Heel, an eye-opening account of how white collar criminals, businessmen and politicians illegally launder dirty money, and its impact on individuals, institutions and countries.
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, narrating the tales of Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi and his companion Shams Tabraiz, also made it to his list in October, and personally, we loved the mystic reading experience.
It’s not just books; the premier has also found the time to recommend some TV shows. Everyone is well aware of Khan’s love for Diliris Ertugrul that eventually got the entire nation hooked. Others include Yunus Emre: Aşkin Yolculuğu, the story of a great Sufi, Islamic poet, mystic and poor villager who wholly dedicated his life to Allah and searching for unity.