Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Rani Manicka

To-day, I read in the newspapers about a Malaysian who went work in London and ends up becoming a novelist.Btw, she was raised in Terengganu,Malaysia. Impressed by the story, I went out to buy her first novel The Rice Mother.

While browsing the bookshelves at MPH, I also bought Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt and The Book That Changed My Life ,edited by Diane Osen.

During the month of Ramadhan, I did not read any books other than Quran.Now, it is time to diversify to books written by fellow human beings.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I bought the book today and hope to read it and finished by next week.

My rating for :Are you afraid of the Dark by Sheldon is 3/5. Dan Brown's thrillers are much better.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Sidney Sheldon

Now I am a member of Times Bookshop.It cost me RM 20 yesterday but I got it back by buying two books:

1.Are you afraidd of The Dark? by Sidney Sheldon


2.Speed reading secrets by Steven Franks.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Small is Beautiful

Thanks Peter for giving me the book as a present. At the same time,I bought a very thick OS Manual for my mac-Mac OS X,The Missing Manual that Apple forgot to give when I bought my iBook.

Below is a review on Small is beautiful taken from amazon.com:

Not Only Beautiful, But Also Practical, December 19, 2003

Reviewer: Tony Theil (Philadelphia, PA United States) - See all my reviews
In my college days I struggled with economics and barely passed. My economic professors and the course material were dull, ambiguous, and non-stimulating. None of these adjectives could be used to describe Schumacher's Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.

Schumacher makes economics come alive with wit, humor, and practicality. His approach is qualitative, not quantitative. A recurring statement throughout the book epitomizes his philosophy, "Why use the computer if you can make the calculation on the back of an envelope"? He gives the science a personality when identifying the disparities between the rich and poor, the educated and uneducated, and the gap between city people and country-folk.

Small is Beautiful created a humanistic economics movement. It's a wholistic approach containing ethical, ecological, and metaphysical components that are missing from the statistical models that solely measure GNP. Schumacher sounded the alarm regarding globalization when asking "how much further 'growth' will be possible, since infinate growth in a finite environment is an obvious impossibility". He was critical of a society that generates unbounded materialism, and motivated by greed and envy.

Some of the more interesting of the 20 essays are: "Peace and Permanence", "The Role of Economics", "Buddhist Economics", "The Greatest Resource - Education", "Technology with a Human Face", "Development of Intermediate Technology", and "Two Million Villages".

Although the book was written in 1973, it is as timely now as it was then. The 25th anniversary edition contains provocative updates provided as sidebars by contributors such as Hazel Henderson, Peter Warshall, Amory Lovins, Godric Bader, et al. --This text refers to the Paperback edition

Monday, September 13, 2004


It has been years since I last read Andy McNab Bravo Zero Two. I bought it for RM 22.90 and the original price was US24.95! Good bargain for a hardcover novel.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

1511 H[KOMBAT]

After my morning walk with Ibnu Ariff at KLCC, I went to Kinokuniya bookshop looking for a Malay novel to read. Honestly, it has been years since I read a good one.It has got nothing to do with the quality per se, but I am more inclined to read English novels.

I asked Ibnu Ariff to recommmed a good novel and he brought me one corner near the cashier dedicated to Sastera. He recommend two books by Faisal Tehrani( whom I know personally),and I decided to buy 1511H.

Btw,last night I got a call from the editor of a newspapers offering me to be a weekly columnist for book reviews. I replied to him that I agree in principle subjected to my time and capability.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Kitchen-by Yoshimoto

This book is witten by a Japanese author. This is my first time reading a Japanese novel translated to English. This book is on loan from a fellow bookcafe member.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


This book is about THE DISCIPLINE OF GETTING THINGS DONE.Some months ago I bought a copy as a gift for a friend. He told me is a very good book to understand about EXECUTION. In fact, he gave a talk about it.

To-day, I bought a copy for myself.

The book was written by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan with Charles Burck.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Al-Ubudiyyah by Ibn Taymiyah

Now, I am reading this book in order to know more about Uluhiyyah and to get closer to Allah swt. I bought this book at Specialist Bookshop at KLCC.

Thursday, July 22, 2004


Yesterday, I bought two copies of the books and gave away to my friends.I hope they will know what is happiness and insyaAllah will achieve it . The book is written by Sheikh Abdur Rahman As-Sa'di.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The Rule of Four

Bought this book at Kinokuniya for RM74.90 (hardcovers). I hope it is better than Da Vinci Code because I have not yet any books written by the authors. Btw ,it is their first book.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Who runs this place?

My special thanks to Penawan-the Trengganu born Beta-Blogger who lives in London for giving me the book entitled as above.The sub-title of the book is "The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century".The author is Mr Anthony Sampson.

To-day, I just read the Preface so I could not give any comments,but it provokes my mind Who Runs Malaysia?

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Hadith 40 etc

This book by Imam nawawi is staring at me everyday!

I t promised to finish reading it last year but keep on delaying....

In fact, it is not the only one; the Tafsir by Ibn Kathir and other 10 ten books are sitting on my coffee table. They are all ever ready to be read by me...

But one thing I wish not to neglect is reading at least one 'ain of Qur'an everyday.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

The Gods of Management

To-day, I bought another book as above by Charles Handy.So far, I have read a few of his writings and they never failed to educate me in one way or the other.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004


A friend recommended me to read this spy novel by Ian Rankin. I hope to get some fun reading it.It has been a while I have not reading a thriller...

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Almost French

Yesterday, I bought as above wriiten by Sarah Turnbull.Hopefully, I could learn something from her experience being in France and being married to a French man. Personally,I love to be a cafe in Paris,especially at Le Deux Maggot in Latin Quarters:-)

Friday, May 28, 2004

21 Laws of Leadership

Management is a big subject.My special interest is project leadership but I am now on the journey to discover more about the leaders and leadership in general. My youngest brother has set up a Yayasan( foundation) called Yayasan Kepimpinan dan Keilmuan Kelantan. I hope to use this vehicle to propagate the science and the art of leadership.

To increase my knowledge, to-day I bought another book called 21 Irrefutable Laws of leadership by James L Garlow.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Prisoner of Azkaban

The movie is coming to KL on 3rd June,2004.Now,I am starting toi read the book.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Can elephants dance?

Yes!If you can get the right people to handle the giants.Now I am reading Who says elephants CaN'T Dance by Louis V. Gerstner,Jr-the former IBM chief.One of my special interest is EXECUTION STRATEGY.Many projects fail not because of planning but they fail during execution phase.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I have not been reading any books for the last two weeks.Every time I pick a book, I just want to go to sleep..

My body and mind must tired due to some work stress.I need a rest..

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Books On Business

during the last six months, I have been buying a few management books in order to learn new scope of business as well as to update my knowledge on the subjects that I already know. Below is the list books:

1.Management Consultancy ISBN 0-7494-3653-0
2.Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? ISBN 0-00-717087-4
3.Trout On Strategy ISBN 0-07-143794-0
4.Leading Change ISBN 0-87584-747-1
5.The Little Book of Business Wisdom ISBN 0-471-36979-9
6.The Portable MBA in Project Management-0-47-26899-2
7.Giving Presentation ISBN 0--19-860681-8

I began readin book no 5 and to finish all the above by end of 2004.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

It is more than eight months since this blog was updated.I must add something soon:-0