Ramadan is a time of reflection and a great journey to expand your knowledge of yourself and the world. After all reading defines who you are.
As Oscar Wilde once said “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
In the spirit of Ramadan, I recommend reading these three books to really connect with the world. After Iftar, put down that 8th slice of pizza and pick up the following:
My all time favorite. Let Mr.Gladwell guide you through the traits and mindsets exuded by truly great people. He pinpoints key areas to keep in mind as your plan your life, such as your geography and amount of effort needed to be relevant in your desired industry. It’s a short and powerful read that’s a must during Ramadan. He “takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?”
You will find a lot less data points and analysis and more love and understanding with one of my favorite non fiction characters, Morrie. It’s both a depressing yet uplifting story of a former student returning to his roots after meetings with his dying professor. There are some really powerful messages from Morrie that will help you realign what actually matters in life. Currently, I read a bit in the morning to start the day right.
I am cheating, it’s not a book but still a very good source of knowledge on what is actually happening around the world. You’re not eating or drinking to connect with the poor, now go read about what this world can do to eliminate extreme poverty and improve food security. Who knows what might you might be inspired to do in addressing our global risks.