'Start young - reading will become an integral part of who you are'

Start young - reading will become an integral part of who you are
Mohamed Maktabi, CEO, Ewan Maktabi Carpet Gallery, Dubai Mall (www.iwanmaktabi.com)

Dubai-based CEO talks about the importance of reading.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 21 Oct 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 21 Oct 2016, 2:00 AM

What book(s) are you reading at the moment?
I am reading three books: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, a commentary on self-growth and spirituality; The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak, a stirring novel about the great Ottoman architect Sinan and the period he lived in; and Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe - his first novel, and a hilarious story of life today in Miami, which mixes the various ethnic groups warring in the city, with the hordes of art collectors that invade it for Art Basel Miami.
The book(s) that changed your life and shaped your outlook, and why?
Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. It unlocked the beauty of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi's poetry and provided insights into a world of spirituality that I've always been fascinated by. Elif Shafak takes us on a journey that transcends time and space, yet at the essence of it, is driven by a simple truth: we must never forget that we can choose to lead full and authentic lives, even though they may come at a cost.
Which titles or authors can you pick up and read any time, and why?
Any book by Karen Armstrong. I admire her insight and philosophy into comparative religion and compassion. She is not only original, but also provokes us to think about religion (which can be a very controversial topic) and its place in the modern world.
Which books would you love to pass on to your children (or any young person) to read and treasure, and why?
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. It is a timeless book on philosophy in life. It is deep yet simple, and should be read many times during one's life. Every time I read it, I discover something new about myself and my outlook on life. It is a book that gets more profound with age and maturity.
Any advice for parents looking to inculcate a love of reading in their kids?
Start them young and lead by example. Children imitate their parents and, if you set them on the path of reading from an early age, it will not only become an integral part of who they are - but also a faithful companion for the rest of their lives. I grew up with books around me and they helped fuel my passion for reading; today, you will always find books lying around my home.
- Staff reporter

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