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    Why You Should Read

    Ivdad Ahmed Khan Mojlish

    In most of my travels abroad, if there’s one thing that has gone unmistakably missing, it is the failure to catch a glimpse of people reading. Whether it’s in the airport, on the airplane, in the public transports or even across the tourist spots, I have always observed a certain number of people engrossed in reading. Smiling or frowning – young or old, men or women – they always radiate an invisible connection to the fonts on the pages that is as hard to describe as it is to perceive. And as an observer, no matter how hard I may try to fathom that imperceptible power of connection, only the one who reads can comprehend the true magnitude of satisfaction of the art of reading.

    Reading, to me, is bliss. There’s just something about reading that resonates in perfect harmony with my being. They say, a dog is a man’s best friend. I say, it’s a book. Seriously, I can’t seem to pass a single day without having to flip through pages in a paperback, smell its distinct scent and pore over the little fonts. Reading gives me a sense of pleasure and purpose unlike any other.

    In all honesty, I think I have learned more about the world, about cultures, about new ideas and trends through reading. By reading, I definitely don’t necessarily mean academic textbooks; in fact, on the contrary. Started off by the likes of William Shakespeare and Mark Twain, through J K Rowling, Michael Porter and John Grisham, all the way up to Jim Collins, Malcomm Gladwell and Patrick Lencioni, my reading sojourn has spanned across a variety of genres fraught with wisdom and delight. While novels and fictions may have dominated my early years, today I find myself more occupied with reads about psychology, business, religion, and biographies.
    Whatever the case, every reading has practically helped me to broaden insights, gain a deeper understanding of the world around, enrich vocabulary and enhance reflection skills – all in a concerted effort to aid my personal development.

    Many great leaders, from the past and the present, have articulated how reading helped them to their success, be it on a personal or a professional frontier. You talk about Steve Jobs, Phil Knight, Donald Trump – all have correlated their reading insatiability to their organization’s success. Even from a religious perspective, the first word that came down as part of the Holy Quran is ‘Read.’ No one knows us better than the Almighty, and clearly He has carved His expectations out of us, too, by encouraging and commanding us to read in order to enhance our quality of living.
    If not for anything else, there’re few things that are more relaxing than reading. Today, behavioral science suggests that six minutes of reading could actually cut down stress levels by more than two-thirds. While it will be a folly for organizations not to take advantage of this fact and foster a culture of reading among their employees, the young generation should aim to cultivate a habit of reading to keep up with the demanding pace of the changing world.

    In a nation where traffic jams are a daily ordeal and entertainment avenues are not prevalent, perhaps getting into the habit of picking up a book may not be all that bad. Indeed in every crisis looms an opportunity. Call it a blessing in disguise, but I strongly believe that we as Bangladeshis can learn this custom from our Western counterparts and collectively leverage the benefits out of it to help prosper our nation. As they say, readers are leaders.

    Ivdad Ahmed Khan Mojlish is the Co-founder and Managing Director of LightCastle Partners. He loves to read, travel and passionately work at the intersection of development and technology. He has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and has previously completed BBA from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka.

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    • Zahedul Amin

      Great read!

    • Asif Khan

      I for one can relate very well with the article

    • Thank you Zahed and Asif for your kind words. Much appreciated!

    • Precisely the way I have felt. I can relate to this article as well. Still now maintaining the habit to read

    • Tanvir Ahmed Khan Tanu

      wonderfully written!

    • Mominul Hoq

      Great piece. For me, If I fail to read for a week, it seems that I have started being an illiterate person. I find the things very sloppy and sketchy. Getting encouragement out of this write-up. Thanks Ivadad Bhaiya.

    • Bijon Islam

      Awesome as usual, we should have one of those conversations – about our reads, and do try a bit of Asimov

    • A.K

      Start with Asimov’s Nightfall, if u read his stuff 🙂
      If u wanna laugh with ur scifi then read Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy …

    • Saqiful, Tanu and Mominul – Thanks for the inspiration, friends. Means a lot. There’s nothing like reading!
      Bijon and A.K – Appreciate your recommendations. Although I haven’t read a great deal of sci-fi, but I have surely tried out Asimov. What a remarkable writer he is!

    • Naseef Us Sakib

      Great writing! For the last 3 years, from the time I had first read Outliers, I have been clocking in the amount of time I spend reading good works of fiction and non-fiction. As you can guess, the 10,000 hours rule had really stuck with me! I believe that is how I can differentiate myself, at least in terms of knowledge, as according to Twain’s invaluable words:
      “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

    • Wow! That is inspiring, Sakib! So glad to hear about it. And, thanks for the compliment!

    • Sameera W.

      Agree wholeheartedly. Nice one.
      P.S. I’m glad to finally have read something written by you in a while.

    • Thank you, Sameera! Really means a lot. It was about time. I missed blogging!

    • Imtiaz Farhan Bin Habib

      Good read! 😀

    • Thanks, Imtiaz!

    • Sadi Mohammad Tarif

      This is an awesome article describing the importance of reading. I think this article will make people who dont read regularly, to rethink about their position. Also, this article clearly relates the importance of reading to being able to lead the society forward. Change makers will explore an existing weapon to hone their skills to lead the society more effectively.
      I always try to read as much as possible. I thought about the importance of reading and I would say that this article explains to me the importance of reading explicitly. From now on I will try not to miss a single day without reading. =D

    • Sadi Mohammad Tarif

      This is an awesome article describing the importance of reading. I think this article will make people who dont read regularly, to rethink about their position. Also, this article clearly relates the importance of reading to being able to lead the society forward. Change makers will explore an existing weapon to hone their skills to lead the society more effectively.
      I always try to read as much as possible. I thought about the importance of reading and I would say that this article explains to me the importance of reading explicitly. From now on I will try not to miss a single day without reading. =D

    • Khaled Saifullah

      If anyone wants to make reading a habit, this piece is the perfect one to start with. A very pleasant and compelling piece! Took me back to those Knowledge Syndicate and Goodreads and John Grisham days! :))

    • Sadi and Khaled – Thank you so much, guys! I’m really inspired and honored by your kind comments. Glad to know that the read has stimulated your thirst for reading even further! Alhamdulliah! 🙂

    • Ivu bhaia, I got inspiration to read more 🙂 Thanks for this strong piece Ivu bhaia.

    • Thank you so much, Osama! I’m humbled! 🙂

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