'Pick your book and read three chapters every day'
What book are you reading right now?
A History of God by Karen Armstrong.
The book that shaped your outlook, and why?
Ho Chi Minh: A Life by William J Duiker
Although I did not agree with his Communist leanings, I admired how he got his tiny little nation of Vietnam to battle two colonial powers - the French and the US - and keep his country whole, at a time when these powers were dividing colonised nations with impunity. One gutsy person with his mind made up made all the difference. Growing up, I believed that a strong mind could conquer all and so, thought it important to train my brain with a variety of tests and courses, which only confirmed that Uncle Ho was definitely my inspiration. Kind, classy, soft spoken, with a willingness to live and let live - yet, when pushed into a corner, he was tough, unyielding, with a tenacity to succeed for the common good. In other words, the kind of person I surely wanted to become.
Which authors can you read any time, and why?
Peter Drucker, Paulo Coelho, John Grisham, Stephen King, Alistair McLean, George Friedman and many more. Reading, for me, does not mean being serious all the time. Having a good laugh is important too.
Which books would you pass on to your kids. Why?
I'd like to pass my whole library on to my kids, but leave it up to them to pick what they want to read. A book I consider a must, however, would be The History of the World by JM Roberts and OA Westad. Nothing teaches you about people and civilisations like this book does.
How can one develop a healthy reading habit?
Know your passion, pick your book and read three chapters every day. Soon, you'll notice that your vocabulary is brilliant and your understanding of people and cultures is unbeatable - and that will only keep you going.