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Friday, January 29, 2010

The 7 habits of highly Effective Teenagers!! __ Updated Version - US Magazine, The News International

Book Review

The 7 habits of highly Effective

Teenagers!! __ Updated Version

By S. Hamza Asad

It was astounding; it was amazing, and it was stupendous! Reading the book proved to be one big rollercoaster ride for me. Based upon the principles and paradigms with reference to different traumas that most of the teenagers go through, illustrated by examples of real life stories of some of the greatest people who ever lived and with delightful quotations sprinkled here and there, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers touches your heart’s core and keeps you on tenterhooks till the very end only to leave you spellbound!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers has become my lucky mascot. This book inspires 'greatness’ in the youth. It is not merely a book but an indispensable teenage guide that helps you while you embark on the journey of self-recognition in finding out your identity in its own beautiful style.

Authored by Sean Covey, 'The 7 habits of Highly Effective Teenagers’ belongs to the same category of books which have astonished millions of minds, such as 'The 7 Habits of Highly effective People’ and 'Daily reflections of highly effective teens’ et cetera, but the prime motive of this book is to develop the personality of teenagers. It equally focuses on the entertainment quotient and there are times when you can’t just stop getting enticed because the author’s attempt at presenting serious counsel with a frivolous gist. He mentions the seven habits of highly defective teenagers, too, and leaves the decision to you whether to indulge in the recipes of disaster or make a difference by getting into 'The 7 habits of highly Effective teenagers’.

The book starts off with the poem 'Who am I?’ Beginning with the man-in-the-mirror portrayal, the plot continues with the motto 'Principles never fail’. The author proficiently explains a diagram containing a tree of the sequential 7 habits. Sean Covey speaks directly to the teenagers and provides thinking caps that enable them to find the solutions to any problem within themselves.

The first Habit tells us to be 'proactive’ and take the responsibility of life. The second habit tells us to 'begin with the end in mind’ by defining our mission and goals. The third habit tells to prioritise our tasks by 'putting first thing first’. The fourth habit 'think win/win’ gives a message of optimism. The fifth habit 'seek first to understand, then to be understood’ teaches the art of listening to people sincerely. The sixth habit 'synergise’ depicts a positive way of working in teams. And the last habit 'sharpen the saw’ focuses on regular self-renewal.

Sometimes valuable things come in small parcels. 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers’ is a prime example of this statement. It has motivated many teenagers and developed self-confidence in their personalities. This book is a little gem that deserves to be your lifetime camaraderie. I am sure your appetite is whetted for its updated version. So go and grab a copy now. Such books are not to be missed. Because after going through this book, 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers’ is going to be one of those five essential things, you cannot do without!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Atlas of the Quran" - Hiba Magazine, Vol 6 - Issue 04


Book Review: Atlas of the Qur’an



By S. Hamza Asad

Compiled by: Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil

Publisher: Darussalam

Number of Pages: 392

Available at: Darussalam outlets (Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad)

Muslims, young and old, have always loved to read the stories of all the prophets mentioned in the Quran - Islamic stories always leave their impact on our imagination. but to capture the pictures in mind, for the first time an untouched subject has emerged in the form of "Atlas of the Quran".

‘Atlas of the Quran’ is an authentic compilation of the Qur'anic stories and information regarding the prophecies and the places where different prophets lived, ruled and died. The book contains tables, pictures, regions, routes and maps of all those places which are discussed in the Quran. It also embellishes the beauty of some of the major divine events with reference to their scientific facts and innovative historical and modern sources such as the flood during the times of Prophet Noah. Apart from this, almost all the stories and incidents of the twenty five prophets, mentioned in Quran by name, are discussed in this book.

Compiled by Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil, ‘Atlas of the Quran’ is one of the greatest attempts ever to adumbrate the Islamic facts and the author of this book surely seems to have burnt the midnight oil to undertake such extensive research.