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President Arif Alvi shares his best reads of 2020 (VIDEO)

08:32 PM | 31 Jan, 2021
President Arif Alvi shares his best reads of 2020 (VIDEO)

ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi has listed his recommendations from the top 10 books he read in 2020.

Last year he had posted a similar list of his top 10 books that he read in 2019.

In a video message, Dr Alvi called for the promotion of book reading in the Pakistani society, saying the Pakistani youth should develop the habit of reading to enhance their exposure and help supress biases.

Alvi said he was very fond of reading books and whenever he travels, be it by car or airplane, he only reads books. Dr Alvi said he doesn’t get time to read while working in the office, but whenever he gets a gap in between, he picks up books to read them.

His recommended books are as follows:

1-      Revelation by Mairaj Mohiuddin

2-      Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty (on economic inequalities and suggestions of outlines for fairer economic systems)

3-      The Anarchy by William Dalrymple (on the rise of East India Company and economic prosperity in subcontinent)

4-      Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond (history of nations like Japan, USSR, and their efforts to overcome crises)

5-      Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (on the rise of the exploitative society which begets change and leads to revolution)

6-      The Metric Society by Steffen Mau (measurement and evaluation in the society)

7-      The Big Picture by Sean M. Carroll, Sean B. Carroll (scientific worldview and exploration of God)

8-      Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Deckle Edge (how science is advancing and becoming a challenge for humanity)

9-      Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom (on the growing influence of machines and possible replacement of human beings by super intelligence)

10-  Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli (on human psychology and reasoning with 100 biases found in humans, meant for self-examination and methods to avoid them)

Other than these 10 best reads, the president also suggested: 

-          The End of India by Khushwant Singh (on the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002 and the rise of religious fundamentalism in India)

-          Gujarat Files by Rana Ayub

-          The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in islam by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

-          Riot After Riot: Reports on Caste and Communal Violence in India by MJ Akbar

-          Protocol by Capricia Penavic Marshall

-          Makers of Modern Sindh by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh

-          A Promised Land by Barack Obama

-          Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle by AG Noorani

-          Tuba by Shah Baligh-ud-Din

-          The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple

-          World Enough and Time by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan

The president said he considered that life is too short and his fondness for reading books is too big. He urged the youth of the country to take up book reading and expand their vision through books.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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