Joy of Reading!

My mother used to tell stories in my childhood. When I started reading in my childhood, my favorite stories were of “Dastan-e-Amir Hamza, Omro Ayyar,, Tarzan, Heidi and many more. I grew up seeing books of my father and mother at my home. My elder brothers and sisters all were book lovers and all used to add in the shelves of reading room frequently. We had different shelves full of books and my one brother turned one room into a library. I always dreamt of my own library one day, which is fulfilled now by the grace of God. I possess many books of my father’s collections, in some with his name embossed on. I am proud to have them. As we siblings got on different paths of life, each one of us selected favorite books from his collection. Then frequently I kept on adding as I come across any new book that I like. Book reading is my favorite pastime as I listened to my favorite music while reading so it’s a double joy!

Seeing elders reading and preserving can inculcate this habit of book reading in any child who sees books around and learns the values of books. During the days of Dow Medical College, I had so much to study from the textbooks that I read other books less and I regret that but now I can read whatever I want to. So I think anyone can read a lot more than me in his/her lifetime.

I love reading humor by my favorite Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Colonel Muhammad Khan, Patrus Bukhari, Ibn-e- Insha, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi. I equally like Qudratullah Shahab, Mumtaz Mufti, Masood Mufti, Sadat Hassan Manto, Ashfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia, Ghulam Abbas, and many others.

In Urdu poetry I love Ghalib and Iqbal and I have multiple dewans of different publishing houses.

Now in this era of Internet I can download books and keep them in my iPad archives and read whenever I have time, but still I enjoy more when the book is in my hands and I can turn its leaf over!

S. No Shelf 1 of A Urdu Collection Iqbal
1 Kulyat-e-Iqbal- Fazli sons
2 Mera Iqbal
3 Do Atisha, Lala-e-Toor, Prof. Ghulam Dastagir Shahab
4 Allama Iqbal, Intekhab-e Kalam (Urdu virsa) Muhammad Raza Kazmi
5 Kulyat-e-Iqba, Saad collection
6 Shikwah-Jawab-e-Shikwah, Rehman book house
7 Baal-e-Jibreel, Sheikh Nizam Ali & sons
8 Kulyat-e-Iqbal, Asan Urdu, Khawaja Abdul Hameed Yazdani
9 Roomi-o-Iqbal, Dar Hikmat-e-Quran, Imran Hussain
10 Kulyat-e-Iqbal, Alim-o-Irfan Publishers
Shelf 2 of A Urdu Collection-Ghalib
11 Dewan-e Ghalib, German edition, Nadir, Nafees aur Moatibar
12 Dewan-e-Ghalib, Urdu Academy Sind
13 Intekhab-e-Kalam Ghalib, Urdu virsa Oxford
14 Intekhab Dewan-e-Ghalib, Ahmed Javed
15 Ghalib Butiqa, Ashar-e-Ghalib ki Tafheem, Mashkoor Hussain Yad
16 Sharah-e-Dewan-e-Ghalib, Nasir Delhwi
17 Shrah-e-Dewan-e-Ghalib, Maulana Hasrat Mohani
18 Sharah-e-Dewan-e-Ghalib, Syed Ali haider Nazam Tabatabai
Nawa-e-Sarosh, Mukkamal Dewan-e-Ghalib mai Sharah, Maulana Ghulam Rasool Mehar
20 Dewan-eGhalib, Naqsh-e-Chughtai (Mussawir)
21 Wine of passion, Urdu ghazals of Ghalib, English translation, Sarfaraz K. Niazi
22 Mirza Ghalib, Biographical Scenario by Gulzar
23 Love Sonnets of Ghalib, Sarfaraz K. Niazi
24 Ghalib Interpretations, Riaz Ahmed
25 Intekhab-e-Kalam-e-Bahadur Shah Zafar, Urdu Virsa Oxford
26 Kulyat-e-Zafar, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Zahid Printers, Lahore
27 Akbar Allahabadi
28 Nuskha Hai-e-Wafa, Faiz Ahmed Faiz
29 Khushbu, Parveen Shakir
30 Sad Barg, Parveen Shakir
31 Mah-e-Tamam, Parveen Shakir
32 Sehba-e-Sukhan, Abdul Hai Arifi
33 Hurf-o-Hikayat, Josh Malihabadi
34 Shula-o-Shabnam, Josh Malihabadi
35 Fikr-o-Nishat, Josh Malihabadi
36 Shoq-e-Qidwai, Nadim Seetapuri
37 Jigar Muradabadi, Intekhab-e-Kalam, Abdul Hameed Khan
38 Iqbal Halat-o-Intekhab-e-Kalam, Behroz Sons
39 Musaddas-e-Hali, Shamsul Ulema Maulana Altaf Husain Hali
40 Akba Allahabadi, Az Talib Allahabadi
41 Intekhab-e-Kalam Mir Taqi Mir, Urdu Visa Oxford
42 Intekhab-e-Kalam, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Urdu Virsa Oxford
Shelf 9 of A Urdu Literarure
43 Shehar-e-Adab Kanpur, Dr. Syed Saeed Ahmed
44 Shahab Nama, Quratullah Shahab
45 Maa jee, Quratullah Shahab
46 Ya Khuda, Qudrattulah Shahab
47 Nafsanay, Qudratullah Shahab
Tasneefat-e-Colonel Muhammad Khan including Bajang Amad, Basalam-e-Rawi, Bazm-e-Arayan
49 Labbaik, Mumtaz Mufti
50 Muftiyaney, Mumtaz Mufti
51 Ali Pur Ka Aili, Mumtaz Mufti
52 Allak Nagri, Mumtaz Mufti
53 Raizay, Masood Mufti
54 Rag-e-Sang, Masood Mufti
55 Ham Nafas, Masood Mufti
56 Mard-e-Abresham, Bano Qudsia
57 Raja Gidh, Bano Qudsia
58 Shagoofay, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
59 Lehrain, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
60 Perwaz, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
61 Puchhtaway, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
62 Kirnein, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
63 Dareechay, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
64 Dujla, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
65 Insani Tamash, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
66 Himaqatein, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
67 Mazeed Himaqatein, Shafiq-ur-Rehman
68 Patrus kay Mazameen, Patrus Bukhari
69 Gentlemen Bismillah, Captain Ashfaq Hussain
70 Gentlemen Alhamdolillah, Captain Ashfaq Hussain
71 Gentlemen Allah, Allah, Captain Ashfaq Hussain
72 Kakoolyat, Saulat Mirza
73 Aab-e-Gum, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi
74 Khakin Badhan, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi
75 Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaran, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi
76 Khumar-e-Gandum, Ibn-e-Insha
77 Awara Gard Ki Diary, Ibn-e-Insha
78 Ibn-e-Batoota Kay Taqub mein, Ibn-e-Insha
79 Dunya Goal hai, Ibn-e-Insha
80 Urdu Ki Akhari Kitab, Ibn-e-Insha
81 Taigh-e-Sitam, Shafi Aqeel
82 Majeed Lahori ki Harf-o-Hikayat, Shafi Aqeel
Shelf 3 of A
Non Fiction & Philosophy
83 Philosophic Classic Bacon to Kant, Walter Kaufmann
84 101 Ways to simplify your life
85 Heart at work, Jack Carfield & Jaquein Miller
86 Better, Atul Gwande
87 Complications, Atul Gwande
88 Being mortal, Atul Gwande
89 Beyond Illness, Larry Dossey, M.D
90 C, John Diamond
91 How doctors think, Jerome Groopman, M.D
92 How to have a beautiful mind, Adward De Bono
93 Seizing our bodies, Claudia Dreifus
94 The great phi;osophers, Ray Monk & Fredric Raphael
95 Ideas of great phi;osophers, Samuel Smith
96 Outline of phiosophy, Bertrand Russell
97 Conquest of happiness, Bertrand Russell
98 Marriage & Morals, Bertrand Russell
99 The consolations of phi;osophy, Alain De Button
100 Relaxation, Richard Craze
101 Body language, Gordon R. Wain right
102 The art of loving. Erich Fromm
103 In the wake of golden wings, Gilbert Chapallaz Anken
104 Living positively, Robert Schuller
105 Taking charge, Byrd Baggelt
106 When bad things happen to good people, Harold S. Kushner
107 Mind power, Editors of Reader's digest
108 Managing with heart, Sharon Good
109 Public speaking, Dale Carnegie
110 Phi;osophy, Edward Craig
111 50 Psychology ideas, Adrian Furrnam
Shelf 4 of A
Art & Craft, Cooking & Gardening
112 New stitches, Mary Hickmotts
113 Ekeiven
114 Stuffed toys, Ondorisha publications
115 Ondori, A doll maker's treasury, Kyoko Yonyama
116 Cross stitch designs, Ondorisha publishers
117 Masala morning, Shireen Anwe
118 My recipe book, Zeba
119 Asian microwave cook book, Carol Selvajah
120 Rizotto & other rice dishes, Richard Carroll
121 Microwave cooking
122 The art of taking tea, Peggy Kennedy
123 The art of Turkish cookery, Claudia Kutt & Gulgun Ercumen
124 Jhat pat, Nargis Bhimji
125 Fast vegetarian
126 Quick & easy curries
127 Basics for microwave success, hints, tips & recipes
128 Popular ptatoes recipes
129 Soups
130 Victorian women's cook book
131 My recipe book, Zeba
132 My recipe book in Helen Exlay gift book, Zeba
133 Dastar khawan kay zaiqay
134 My cook book
135 Camping fire recipes, sturdy camping cook book
136 BBQ sizzling recipes, sturdy BBQ cook book
137 Garden flowers, Simm & Schuster's guide
138 Herbs pocket encyclopedia, Lesley Bremness
139 Small gardens hand book, S Webb & sons
140 The gardening hand book, Peter McHoy
141 Flowering house plants, Kenneth A. Beckett
142 Ornamental kitchen gardens, Geoff Hamilton
143 Climbing gardens, Joam Clifton
144 Garden in the sky, K. M. Krishnam & Dolores Healy
145 Gardening in a small space, Lance, HaHatt
146 Garden boundaries, Toby Buck Land
147 Garden surfaces, Richard Key
148 Splash, Rock & water design in gardens, Peter Robinson
149 20 minute garden, Gill Page
150 Growing & using herbs, Andi Glevely
151 The gardener's journal, Jane Coutier
Shelf 5 of A
Illustrated Keepsake
152 Fine art collections, 2002
153 Silk painting
154 My fairy garden, Maggy Baitson
155 A friend is special, Ideal publishing
156 Love speaks softly, Ideal publishing
157 Ideal friendship, James Cuse
158 Ideal friendship 2, James Cuse
159 National hallery London, Michael Wilson
160 J w Waterhouse, Anthony Hobson
161 Wedding memories record book, SP publishing, Birmingham
162 Love, Robert Fredrick
163 Wedding record book, John Donne
164 Shakespeare on love, Flame tree publishing
165 Magic windows, Ernest Nister
166 100 Dutch paintings, Rij K.S museum, Amsterdam
167 Birthday card book
168 A posy of flowers greeting card book
169 Address book
170 Collectors' edition 2006, Anne Geddon
171 Dawn in the garden, Anne Geddon
172 Monday child, Anne Geddon
173 A child book of prayers
174 Victorian flower crafts, Lorenz jane
175 My little house birthday book
176 Reading women, 2008 Laura Ingalls Wilder
177 Travel journal
178 A flowere fairy treasury, Cicely Mary
179 A delux book of flowers
180 Illustrated teddy bear notebook, Julliette Clarke
181 Clearing your space, Feng Shai guide, Antonio Beattie
182 Wedding record book
183 What little girls are made of, Sandra Kuck
184 Natural beauty, Pat Baiki
185 Massage, Vivienne Simberg, Mark & Spencer
186 Images of love, Victoria Secret
187 Leaves of hope, South Asian feminist meet, 2006
Shelf 6 of A
188 Encyclopedia of aromatherapy, massage & yoga, Carol McGilvery, Jimmi Reed
189 Edge, guide toultimate stamina, & strength
190 Yoga for weight loss, Clelia hawe
191 Manual of foot reflexology
192 Psychology of mind body healing, Ernest Lawrence
193 Women & the weight loss tamasho, Rujuta diwekar
English Literature & Fiction
194 William Shkespeare
195 King Solomon mines, H. Rider Haggard
196 She, H. Rider Haggard
197 Les miserable, Victor Hugo
198 William Wordswoeth, selected poems
199 Stories from Shakespeare, Geraldine McCaugh
200 The gardener, Grian
201 Plays, pros, writings & poems, Oscar Wilde
202 Complete work of William Shakespeare
203 The unabridged Charles, Collins
204 Great expectation, Charles Dickens
205 Julius Ceasar, william Shakespeare
206 Pride & prejudice, Jane Austin
207 Romantic women poets 1788-1848, Andrew Ashfield
208 Heidi, Johanna spyri
209 Good listening, R. D Darrell
210 Music & the orchestra, Raymond Tobin
211 Learn to read music, Howard Shanet
212 Great pianists, Harol C. Shonberg
213 Scores & Sketches, an anthrology for listening, Nadeam Tessan
214 Playing the piano for pleasure, Charles Brook
215 Music theory, George Thddeas Jones
216 A guide to sonatas, Melvin Berger
217 Start playing Keyboard, Peter Lavender
218 The joy of music, Leonard Bernstein
219 Music, an appreciation, Roger Kamien
220 New college encyclopedia of music, Conard Wilson
221 The synthesizer& electronic keyboard, David Crombie
222 Key board profiency, Louise Guhl
223 The complete piano player, Kenneth Baker
224 Rock on, easy guitar versions
225 The Larousse encyclopedia of music, Geoffery hindley
Illustrated letters, artists & writers correspond, Roselyne De Ayala & Jean Pierre Geleno
Shelf 7 of A
227 The adventures of Hamza, painting & storytelling in Mughal India, John Seyller
228 Jahangirnama, memoirs of Jahangir emperor, India, Freer Sackler
229 Diana, an extraordinary life, Chronicle
230 Tribute to Diana, the people's princess
231 The royal baby, Sharon Ring
232 Diana, princess of Wales, a tribute, Sandra Barwick
233 Diana, a life & legacy, Anthony Holden
234 Death of a princess, an investigation, Thomas Sandion & Scott McLeod
235 Diana, her true story in her own words, Andrew Morton
236 Diana, the secret years, Simone Simmers & Susan Hill
237 Daughter of Persia Sattareh Farman Farmaian with Dona Munker
238 Agatha Christie, an autobiography
239 Celine Dion, my story, mydream
240 The final days of power by the Clinton white house, Barbara Olson
241 Magaret Thatcher, Mohd Ali Shaikh
242 In the empire of genghis Khan, Stanley Stewart
243 White House years, Henry Kissinger
244 Alexander I, Alan Palmer
245 Churchill on leadership, Steven F. Harward
246 Hitler's general, Correlli Barnett
247 Mother Teresa, Katbryn Spink
248 Dr. Ruth Pfau ka zindaginama, Translation
249 Serving unserved, A biography of Ruth Pfau
Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai & other Sufi poets of Pakistan, Dr. Kamal Jumro & Tariq Aziz Shaikh
251 Melodies of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai, Agh Saleem
252 Tuzk-e-Hitlari, Adolf Hitler, Translation by Mohd Ibrahim Chusti
253 Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
254 Hitler 1889-1936, Ian Kirshaw
255 Rasputin, the last word, Edward Radzinsky
256 In the hands of Taliban, Yvonne Ridley
257 The natural, the misunderstood presidency of Bill Clinton, Joe Klein
258 John Glenn, a memoir
Shelf 8 of A
History & Politics
259 Islamic Architecture, from Isphan to Taj Mahal, Thomas & Hudson
260 Guinness world record, 2002
261 Washington DC
262 Versailles, wonders of man, Newsweek
263 Hagia Sophia, wonders of man, Newsweek
264 The Tag Mahal, wonders of man, Newsweek
265 The Collosseum, wonders of man, Newsweek
266 Nostradamus prophecies of the world, Francis King
267 Great composers, Pytor Tchaikovsky, Marshall Cavendish
268 Great composers, guide to classical music
269 Great composers Barque festival, Antonio Vivaldi
270 Great composers, Johnn Sebastian Back, Joseph Hyden
271 The world atlas of revolutions, Andrew Wheatcroft
272 Top 10 of everything 2002, Russell Ash
273 Mysteries of the past, Lionel Casson
274 America's heartland, Suzi Forbes
275 The sea, Time life book
276 People of the century, Dan Rather
278 Oxford companion to politics of the world, Krieger
279 Singapore insight city guide
280 The most evil men & women in history, Miranda Twiss
281 The 100 ranking of the most influential persons in history, Michael H. Hart
282 History of USA, Leon Amid publisher
283 History of France
284 History of Germany
285 history of Spain
286 100 most influential persons in history, Michael Hart
287 Male menopause, John Gray Ph.D
288 1001 ways to be romantic
289 Did man get here by evolution or by creation? Watchtower Bible
290 Teach yourself Italian
291 Great men of music, Time warner Inc