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Bilal Zahoor

Bilal Zahoor studied Chemical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, but didn’t let his academic training hinder his passion for establishing an independent publishing house in Pakistan. An avid reader of local and foreign progressive literature and a freelance editor and writer, Bilal believes that his reading, writing and editing experiences could be best converged only in the form of a publishing platform. He founded Folio Books in 2017 and is currently the Editorial Director of the publishing house while also playing Creative Head and Editor-in-Chief.

 

 

 

 

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Acing CSS

 795

(45 Books, 270 Takeaways) Revised Edition
by Bilal Zahoor
Rs.750.00

 

DESCRIPTION

One of the biggest challenges a CSS candidate faces is developing a sound knowledge base of the most important sociopolitical and economic debates, multidisciplinary concepts and issues facing the world in general and Pakistan in particular. Overcoming this challenge not only requires thousands of hours of studying books, newspapers, periodicals and journals, but also needs significant financial resources. Even if someone is ready to tread this difficult path, there are not many quality books available in the market for CSS aspirants. In fact, the book shops and online stores are flooded with guide books having plagiarized content, shoddy editing and poor book design. This book has been created to solve this particular problem and has been tailored to the unique needs of CSS applicants. Immense amount of time has been spent in the process that involved complications such as choosing the relevant yet credible books to examine, thoroughly comprehending them and, most important, penning down the kernel of arguments put forth by the authors. Acing CSS contains the analyses of forty-five chosen books in the form of two hundred and seventy takeaways. With the aim to provide the young aspirants with original, authentic and diverse content, the book is inundated with scholarly perspectives on issues that matters to CSS aspirants.

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: December 2018
Rights: World
Pages: 260
Availability: In Stock

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Rethinking Pakistan

 1,495  1,270

A 21st Century Perspective

 

by Bilal Zahoor and Raza Rumi

Rs. 1495     Rs. 1270

 

DESCRIPTION

 

This book brings together the leading contemporary currents of thought from a galaxy of established scholars and intellectuals of Pakistan. It is a monumental contribution to the national debate on a series of crises and lingering issues that need attention of the stakeholders all around.

The book covers three major areas of investigation into public life in the country. One, it delves into the historical, sociological and cultural causes of various political conflicts, ranging from the negative role of the educational curricula for national harmony to cultural violence and persistent militarism to the curse of enforced disappearances. There are highly analytical contributions that define the conflict-resolution nexus. Two, the book is a source of inspiration on the liberal agenda of creating a scientific frame of mind, setting the feminist debate in a global context, challenging the shrinking space for media and focusing on the largely forgotten area of industrial relations. Readers will find ample issue orientation in the analysis and policy orientation in the deliberations. Three, the book enters a domain of hope, planning for a bright future and focusing on some longer-term issues couched in comprehensive new approaches to development, environment, energy, foreign policy and feminism.

The scope of the book is amazingly wide, the analysis is rich with conceptual references and empirical finding, and the scholarly idiom is comprehensible for both the articulate section of the population and the scholarly community.

 

REVIEW

 

“Rethinking Pakistan brings together some of the best minds of the country and invites them to reflect upon the most pressing issues that it is facing in all spheres – including politics, external relations, environment, human rights, gender relations, religious fundamentalism, education, freedom of expression … It is a most valuable collection that is highly accessible to everyone.”

– Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor, Sciences Po; Author, The Pakistan Paradox

 

“This book brings together the leading contemporary currents of thought from a galaxy of established scholars and intellectuals of Pakistan. It is a monumental contribution to the national debate on a series of crises and lingering issues that need attention of the stakeholders all around. The book covers three major areas of investigation into public life of the country. One, it delves into the historical, sociological and cultural causes of various political conflicts, ranging from the negative role of the educational curricula for national harmony to cultural violence and persistent militarism to the curse of enforced disappearances. There are highly analytical contributions that define the conflict-resolution nexus. Two, the book is a source of inspiration on the liberal agenda of creating a scientific frame of mind, setting the feminist debate in a global context, challenging the shrinking space for media and focusing on the largely forgotten area of industrial relations. One finds ample issue-orientation in the analysis and policy-orientation in the deliberations. Three, we enter a domain of hope, planning for a bright future and focusing on some longer-term issues couched in comprehensive new approaches to development, environment, energy, foreign policy and feminism. The scope of the book is amazingly wide, the analysis is rich with conceptual references and empirical findings, and the scholarly idiom is comprehensible for both the articulate section of the population and the scholarly community per se.”

– Mohammad Waseem, Professor, LUMS; Author, Politics and the State in Pakistan

 

“Each of the essays depicts Pakistan’s current social, political and economic challenges with analysis that makes this publication one of the few credible works on Pakistan available in recent times. The contributors are some of the most respected experts in the field on which they have expounded their thoughts, laying bare the malaise that have stunted social progress, democratic development and economic stability in the country. The essays also show a way forward making this a must-read for all generations of Pakistanis who wish to understand and contribute to the elimination of existing threats to peace, security and respect for human rights.”

– Hina Jilani, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan; Co-founder, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

 

“Rethinking Pakistan is a wide-ranging analytical dissection of the Pakistani polity and offers a well-meaning, progressive prescription for present-day Pakistan, stitched together by an eclectic list of experts spanning diverse backgrounds and subjects. From energy self-sufficiency and scientific development to freedom of the press and the essential question of the dominance of the military over civilian affairs, this compendium offers a suitable guide for anyone who seeks to understand the striking mix of contemporary and historic challenges faced by Pakistan in the twenty-first century. A must-read on Pakistan’s contemporary realities and future prospects.”

– Shashi Tharoor, Ex-Foreign Minister, India; Author, An Era of Darkness

 

“The book sets up an unfamiliar but authentic diagnostic mosaic of Pakistan that the state prefers ignoring. It collects and presents the genius that Pakistan sets aside, stretched out on its ideological bed of repeated blunders. What emerges is an intensely original view from the marginalised intellect the world recognises as Pakistan’s survival kit.”

– Khaled Ahmed,  Consulting Editor, Newsweek Pakistan; Author, Pakistan: The State in Crisis

 

 

ISBN: 978-9697-8340-6-8
Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: February 2019
Rights: Pakistan
Pages: 266
Availability: In Stock

The CSS Companion

 950

200 Concepts Every Aspirant Should Know
by Bilal Zahoor, Aneeq Ejaz and Abrahim Shah
Rs.950.00

 

REVIEWS

“An invaluable volume for the candidates for public service examinations and post graduate degrees. One of the major requirements for success in CSS and other such competitive examinations is clarity on essential concepts related to social sciences and humanities. This book caters to this imperative and hence a must read.” Raza Ahmad Rumi (1st position CSS 1994)

 

“Apart from exploring popular concepts, this book does a phenomenal job in bringing to fore terms and phenomena that are novel to most CSS aspirants. This will become a go-to book for those interested in developing informed opinion.” Prof. Dr. Talat Sohail (Director, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning, Lahore College for Women University)

 

“This book would serve as an instrumental tool for CSS aspirants in their preparation process. Its content as well as its format is enriching for the aspirants bringing the relevant material into one coherent book.” M. Awaid Irshad (1st position CSS 2017)

 

“Intellectually engaging and all- encompassing, this treatise is a one stop destination for curious minds in general and CSS aspirants in particular.” Hassaan Ahsan (22nd position CSS 2016)

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: January 2019
Rights: World
Pages: 316
Availability: In Stock

The CSS Wisdom

 950

Over 1000 Quotes and Excerpts

by Bilal Zahoor

Rs.950.00

 

REVIEWS

“Quotations serve as an instrumental source not only to convey targetted content in an articulate manner but also as a source of learning about complex ideas. This book, The CSS Wisdom, perfectly consolidates several important quotations for the ease and benefit of CSS aspirants and would definitely serve as an effective resource for the aspirants adding to the quality of their performance in the exam.” M. Awaid Irshad (1st position, CSS 2017)

 

“A much awaited compendium of credible quotations and excerpts that an aspirant of competitive examination needs and a shortest possible yet most effective way to cover intellectual deficit.” Hamood Ranjha (7th position, CSS 2016)

 

“There has been a long-felt need for a book that could condense some quality scholarly works on diverse and significant topics at a single place. And here comes The CSS Wisdom, edited by Bilal Zahoor. The book contains quotes and excerpts on varied contemporary political, social and economic issues that every reader and CSS/PMS aspirant should go through. Besides, this book will inculcate among readers a critical and analytical approach to understanding the world around them. I highly recommend this book to my students who are preparing for competitive exams, and my friends who want to equip themselves with progressive knowledge.” Ali Imran Rajput (Asst Commissioner, New Karachi, and a CSS Mentor)

 

“In times when most of the guidebooks for CSS aspirants are constipated with stodgy ideas, unfounded arguments and plagiarised knowledge, not to mention the mishandling of English language, Folio Books has taken up the responsibility to hand over, to the seekers of knowledge, the books that can not only be shelved but also ‘chewed’. The CSS Wisdom is an effort to bind together credible progressive views on some of the most significant contemporary topics. This treasure-trove of knowledge is certainly the forerunner of success.” Fatima Batool (Asst Professor FGEIs, and a CSS Mentor)

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Course Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: December 2019
Rights: World
Pages: 272
Availability: In Stock