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The books they wrote: A curious history of writers who were once popular but are now hardly recalled

The books they wrote OCTOBER 22, 2017  A stack of old books. All books are grouped separately to easily remove or arrange. A curious history of writers who were once popular but are now hardly recalled It happens but rarely that the favourite takes a literary prize, as George Saunders ...
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A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta

Stories from an attic: A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta Vaqar Ahmed In those days, books were written for either children or for adults. There was nothing specifically for a teenager or a young adult. —Creative commons Unlike the densely populated and highly volatile Quetta of today, the ...
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Reading habits of Pakistani Politicians 

Reading habits of Pakistani Politicians  Shah Nawaz Bhutto, the father of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had found out that his son possessed amazing reading skills. Shah Nawaz used to import books for his son Hamid Rashid Gondal Renowned columnist Ayaz Amir once observed that the only book he managed to trace ...
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Finland, Where Reading is a Superpower

Finland, Where Reading is a SuperpowerIn The Finns’ love of books has bolstered the publishing industry in spite of global economic challenges. By Rachel Aydt In Finland, the publishing industry isn’t exactly on fire, but in spite of the challenges of the last few years, cool heads have prevailed. A ...
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Reading; Superfood for the mind

Superfood for the mind: 10 reasons why you should cultivate the habit of reading There are very few joys as pure and simple as losing yourself in a book or chancing upon a good one. (Shutterstock) Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to ...
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The books they wrote: A curious history of writers who were once popular but are now hardly recalled

The books they wrote OCTOBER 22, 2017  A stack of old books. All books are grouped separately to easily remove or arrange. A curious history of writers who were once popular but are now hardly recalled It happens but rarely that the favourite takes a literary prize, as George Saunders ...
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A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta

Stories from an attic: A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta Vaqar Ahmed In those days, books were written for either children or for adults. There was nothing specifically for a teenager or a young adult. —Creative commons Unlike the densely populated and highly volatile Quetta of today, the ...
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Reading habits of Pakistani Politicians 

Reading habits of Pakistani Politicians  Shah Nawaz Bhutto, the father of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had found out that his son possessed amazing reading skills. Shah Nawaz used to import books for his son Hamid Rashid Gondal Renowned columnist Ayaz Amir once observed that the only book he managed to trace ...
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Finland, Where Reading is a Superpower

Finland, Where Reading is a SuperpowerIn The Finns’ love of books has bolstered the publishing industry in spite of global economic challenges. By Rachel Aydt In Finland, the publishing industry isn’t exactly on fire, but in spite of the challenges of the last few years, cool heads have prevailed. A ...
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Reading; Superfood for the mind

Superfood for the mind: 10 reasons why you should cultivate the habit of reading There are very few joys as pure and simple as losing yourself in a book or chancing upon a good one. (Shutterstock) Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to ...
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7 smart ways to use technology in classrooms

Sep 13, 2017 / Hailey Reissman istock Many schools and teachers have an uneasy relationship with technology: they decry its power to distract young people but see it as a necessary evil to be tolerated, or at least strictly limited. Fargo, North Dakota, third-grade teacher Kayla Delzer believes that technology can truly revolutionize education ...
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Tablets out, imagination in: the schools that shun technology

Tablets out, imagination in: the schools that shun technology Parents working in Silicon Valley are sending their children to a school where there’s not a computer in sight – and they’re not alone In the heart of Silicon Valley is a nine-classroom school where employees of tech giants Google, Apple ...
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How Ebooks Lost Their Shine Kindles Look Clunky Unhip

How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip' Just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book. But the latest figures show a dramatic reversal of fortunes, with sales of ebooks plunging. So what’s behind this resurgence? Books as ...
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E-reader Sales Slack as Paper Books Reclaim Market Share

E-reader Sales Slack as Paper Books Reclaim Market Share If you have an e-reader collecting dust on a bookshelf somewhere, forgotten in the same place you’ve had it tucked for the last umpteen months, you’re not alone. Recent data from the Publisher’s Association indicate a major market trend back toward ...
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Top 10 Trends in Reading and Book Apps for Children

Top 10 Trends in Reading and Book Apps for Children Spain’s Elisa Yuste talks us through leading concepts and directions in apps for kids and young adults in the coming year, including more apps for ‘Android kids.’ Elisa Yuste credits Amazon Rapids as being among the first apps to offer ...
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Create a reading culture in your school

Creating a reading culture in your school By Lauren Shapiro Time and time again, I find that the schools seeing the most progress with reading are those with a strong culture of reading that reaches into every part of school life. The striking thing about these schools is not just that students ...
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The magic of Whole School reading

The magic of Whole School reading How to turn your school into a "reading school" - Drop Everything and Read!  For fifteen minutes a day, everyone in school - from pupils, to the headteacher, to the school caretaker - drops everything and reads! Photograph: www.alamy.com Louise Kanolik & Ela Turker ...
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The important lesson of giving teachers respect

World Teachers’ Day: the important lesson of giving teachers respect On this day of all days, Sunny Varkey argues that teachers must be encouraged, respected and receive proper investment across the world, to ensure that every child benefits from a decent education It’s World Teachers’ Day today – and we ...
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How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips

How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips  Here are some of the best ideas, initiatives and projects that teachers use to help students develop a love of reading. Photograph: Alamy.While students might trudge through set texts in lessons, how can teachers inspire them to ...
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Essentials of teachers training

Essentials of teachers training “Those who educate children are more to be honoured than those who produce them” — Aristotle  Shagufta Gul Teaching is a sacred job.With three parallel systems of education, Pakistan is really unfortunate to have a meagre budget for education, besides there are only nominal incentives for ...
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A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta

Stories from an attic: A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta Vaqar Ahmed In those days, books were written for either children or for adults. There was nothing specifically for a teenager or a young adult. —Creative commons Unlike the densely populated and highly volatile Quetta of today, the ...
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The magic of libraries

'The magic of libraries': Why we need them, by Joseph Coelho Published on: 03 October 2017 Author: Joseph Coelho Author Joseph Coelho mounts a passionate defence of libraries - and explains how they really help our communities. I grew up next to the best library in the world, West Hill Library - my ...
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The calamity of the disappearing school libraries

The calamity of the disappearing school libraries Debra Kachel Professor of School Library and Information Technologies Program, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed, abandoned and closed. The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; ...
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Public libraries, e-lending, eating out and rasgullas

Public libraries, e-lending, eating out and rasgullas Rauf Parekh COLONEL Muhammad Khan, one of Urdu’s celebrated 20th century humorists, once wrote that when a librarian complained that the number of visitors to the library was dismal and rarely did a book get issued, he suggested that to lure the readers ...
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10 Inspiring Bookshops around the World

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau Just some shops that sell books that I think are worth crossing oceans for…   1. Libreria Alta Acqua, Venice, ...
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Create a reading culture in your school

Creating a reading culture in your school By Lauren Shapiro Time and time again, I find that the schools seeing the most progress with reading are those with a strong culture of reading that reaches into every part of school life. The striking thing about these schools is not just that students ...
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The magic of Whole School reading

The magic of Whole School reading How to turn your school into a "reading school" - Drop Everything and Read!  For fifteen minutes a day, everyone in school - from pupils, to the headteacher, to the school caretaker - drops everything and reads! Photograph: www.alamy.com Louise Kanolik & Ela Turker ...
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The important lesson of giving teachers respect

World Teachers’ Day: the important lesson of giving teachers respect On this day of all days, Sunny Varkey argues that teachers must be encouraged, respected and receive proper investment across the world, to ensure that every child benefits from a decent education It’s World Teachers’ Day today – and we ...
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A manifesto for primary education

A manifesto for primary education The transition from home — a place marked by parents’ love and care — to school needs to be handled with sensitivity and care 01-Oct-17 by Shagufta GuLl Children don’t only bring their bags full of textbooks and lunch boxes to schools. They also take with them ...
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Education system needs reform

Education system needs reform It’s evident that the state needs to take the most critical component of education more seriously to control growing intolerance and extremism in the society by Shagufta Gul Pakistan remains in a state of confusion when it comes to devising solutions for its most serious issues like ...
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Let us be called Readers rather than Terrorists

Let us be called Readers rather than Terrorists By Syeda Fatima Hasan Gilani In my last article I talked of the advanced reader who is now an observer through the concern towards global warming which has become a multi-faceted delinquent. I ended on the note that there are a number ...
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For the Advanced Reader who is now an Observer

For the Advanced Reader who is now an Observer by Adv. Syeda Fatima Hasan GIlani As I read more I become conscious and aware of the problems around me. Reading not only gives information but also the observational capacity lagging in our insight. Today I wanted to write about reading ...
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My seniors

‘My seniors’   Adv. S. Fatima. H. Gilani Senior vice Chairperson Read Pakistan Scarcely in life one understands what life wants and how it manifests its manifestations. Plenty the questions put forward are less tacit and even lesser inferred how they are supposed to. Walking down the aisle of life one ...
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Reading to relax

Reading to relax by Syeda Fatima Hasan Gilani Advocate Senior Vice Chairperson, Read Pakistan Learning to relax through reading could be the strongest defense against its debilitating effects.  Relaxation is a relative term as that of stress itself still it does not lessen the importance of it. The existence cannot ...
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MASTER KEY OF READING:

MASTER KEY OF READING It was a treat when I started reading Napoleon Hill and even a bigger treat when I read Andrew Carnegie. The path to success is so firmly devised to be through multiple tools to operate life in the best possible manner. Most of which are tested ...
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ڈھولا لمے نہ ونج او۔۔۔۔

ڈھولا لمے نہ ونج او۔۔۔۔ رات گئے اپنے گائوں جیسل کلاسرا پہنچا ہوں۔ نعیم بھائی کی برسی ہے۔ رہتا اسلام آباد میں ہوں لیکن دھیان اور دل یہاں کے قبرستان میں رہتا ہے جہاں پیارے دفن ہیں۔  لندن کے دوستوں نے کئی برس پہلے زور دیا تھا کہ اب یہاں ...
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جب ہم پڑھتے ہیں تو ہرچیز بدل جاتی ہے

جب ہم پڑھتے ہیں تو ہرچیز بدل جاتی ہے   ایک رپورٹ میں کہا گیا ہے کہ کسی اچھی کتاب میں غرق ہوجانے سے لوگ ایک دوسرے کی صلاحیت سے خود کو جوڑتے ہیں اور ان کی احساس ہم آہنگی میں اضافہ ہوتا ہے۔   دا ریڈینگ ایجنسی کی تحقیق ...
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……پاکستانی نوجوانوں میں کتب بینی کا کم ہوتا شوق

......پاکستانی نوجوانوں میں کتب بینی کا کم ہوتا شوق سید بابر علی   پاکستان جیسے ملک میں جہاں کتاب پڑھنے کا کلچر پہلے ہی کم تھا اب جدید ٹیکنالوجی کی وجہ سے مزید کم ہوتا جا رہا ہے اور نوجوان نسل لائبریریوں کی جگہ گیمنگ زون اور ہاتھوں میں کتاب ...
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پاکستان میں کتب بینی کے رجحانات

پاکستان میں کتب بینی کے رجحانات عام طور پر کسی ملک کی ترقی کا معیار جانچنے کے لئے یہ دیکھا جاتا ہے کہ وہاں تعلیمی نظام کیسا ہے اور کسی بھی تعلیمی نظام کو جانچنے کے لئے یہ دیکھا جاتا ہے کہ وہاں کتنی لائبریریاں کام کر رہی ہیں اور ...
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کتاب اور ہزار زندگی

کتاب اور ہزار زندگی   تحریر،عمر رائے اہل ذوق کتاب کو زندگی کا سکون کہیں یا اس زندگی کے اختتام کے بعد ملنے والی جنت میں نہیں مانتا کیوں کہ سکون اور جنت کا وجود زندگی کا محتاج ہے ۔اوریہ دونوں زندگی کے بغیر نہ تو کوئی معنی رکھتی ہیں ...
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Ibn-i-Safi makes a resounding return

Ibn-i-Safi makes a resounding return Rauf Parekh JUST before the fall of Dhaka, Muhammad Badar Muneer, an Urdu writer and journalist, would go to a Dhaka hospital and read out novels to a 90-year-old ailing Bengali woman. The novels were in Urdu and were written by Ibn-i-Safi. After the fall ...
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The 10 best Urdu autobiographies

The 10 best Urdu autobiographies Rauf Parekh You may differ or even be surprised at some of the titles thatothers declare as favourites, as Andre Maurois has said: “Inliterature, as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen bythe others”. — File photo Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president ...
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On the fall and decline of nations

Literary Notes: Agha Iftikhar Hussain on the fall and decline of nations Rauf Parekh “AN interesting thing that I noted while studying the decline of the Roman Empire is that the people of the Roman Empire had little interest in knowledge and sciences, especially during the period leading to their ...
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The 10 best Urdu travelogues

LITERARY NOTES: The 10 best Urdu travelogues Rauf Parekh   IN these columns we have discussed ‘The 10 best Urdu autobiographies’ (Jan 27, 2014) and ‘The 10 best Urdu novels’ (Feb 11, 2014). Today, let us have a look at some of the best Urdu travel accounts. Keeping in line ...
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The 100 best Urdu books

LITERARY NOTES: The 100 best Urdu books Rauf Parekh Urdu literature has a history that is inextricably tied to the development of the Urdu language. Based on literary, cultural, and historical importance, this list tries to present some of the most remarkable works in Urdu. It is not limited to ...
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Why You Should Read to Your Kids

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing ...
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Tips for parents to promote reading among kids

Parents, here’s how you can promote reading among your kids There are several ways to boost reading habits among children. Here, we round up a few.  Encouraging kids to read has many psychological, health and linguistic benefits, say researchers.   Apart from providing a great source of fun and entertainment for ...
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Tips for reading with kids

Research shows that just 20 minutes a day spent reading with a child helps him/her develop critical reading skills Della Harp As families settle into the regular routines and earlier bedtimes of the school year, it’s a great time to pull out some books and get your child excited about ...
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Teach Your Child to Recognize the Letters of the Alphabet

Teach Your Child to Recognize the Letters of the Alphabet Children who have basic literacy skills like letter recognition before they enter kindergarten will be better prepared for success in school. Before they can learn to read, children need to be able to recognize letters of the alphabet and know ...
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How to Read Aloud to a Child

How to Read Aloud to a Child Do you want to boost your child’s language skills and encourage their imagination? It’s as easy as picking up a children’s book and asking your child to come and listen. Make a difference in a child's life by reading to them while they ...
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