The image above has a very interesting story behind it. A few years ago, Sidra, Markhor’s CEO and co-founder, asked members of our community to name books they wanted to get their hands on, that were unavailable in Pakistan at the time. She then brought the said books for our Markhor family from the States when she visited her hometown later that year.
Books are quite magical, aren’t they? The feel of the textured paper between your fingers as you turn the page to unveil what the next chapter holds. The sound of the turning page ringing through your ears, making them tingle with delight. The smell of the new book you’d been wanting to read for a while. They’re worlds within worlds waiting to be discovered and all you have to do is open the first page.
– Albert Einstein
Being absorbed in a good book is one of life’s little pleasures. It offers you solace in this fast-paced world, a time of peace when you can transfigure into anyone and teleport anywhere. Here are some of Markhor Team’s favourite books that we hope can inspire your reading and keep you company when you need it the most.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
Written by Yuval Noah Harari.
Published in 2018.
In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. Censorship works not by blocking the flow of information, but rather by flooding people with disinformation and distractions. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century cuts through these muddy waters and confronts some of the most urgent questions on today’s global agenda.
— Noor, Creative Lead
Humans of New York.
Written by Brandon Stanton.
Published in 2013.
Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called "Humans of New York," in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes.
— Tufail, Sales & Operations Manager
Inkheart (Inkworld Series, book 1).
Written by Cornelia Funke.
Published in 2011.
Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret – he possesses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her father's past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father's life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time?
— Mehek, Community Manager
A Song of Ice and Fire.
Written by George R. R. Martin.
Published in 2000.
Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords, soldiers, sorcerers, and assassins who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
— Markhor team member