A late realization

Since I completed my undergraduate studies in early 2009 I have read a lot of books. I spent a painstaking amount of time researching which books to read and mainly employed Amazon and Google to rank them. There was one small problem. Most of the books I read focused on Finance, Economics, Accounting and business strategy. There was some fiction in my book list and a number of self-development books.

5 years later, I feel that it was a mistake on putting my concentration on such a narrow focus area. The world is much bigger and anyone passionate about gathering knowledge should definitely widen his horizons. Thus began my late entry into other topics such as Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, History etc. Last couple of weeks I did a bit of research on these topics and shortlisted the following books which I plan on reading.


A little history of the world by E. H. Gombrich (Currently reading)

A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson


The Consolations of philosophy by Boethius

History of western philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The story of Philosophy by Will Durant


Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Drive – The surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel H Pink

How we decide by Jonah Lehrer

Mastermind – How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Influence – The psychology of persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Quiet – The power of introverts by Susan Cain



Asif Khan, CFA

Asif Khan is presently a Research Analyst (Financial Sector) for Exotix which is a frontier market focused investment bank. He has more than 6 years of work experience as equity analyst in both buy and sell side roles across Asian frontier markets. Asif is a CFA Charterholder and has a dual major in Finance & Economics from North South University.

2 thoughts on “A late realization

  1. Hi Asif, long time no see, nice to see your new posts! I love E. H. Gombrich’s books very much too. Reading his “The Story of Art”.

    Btw, haven’t written any article about technology/economics in English for a while, if I’ve written anything new, I’ll send it to you.

    Have a nice summer!

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