BOOKS THEY READ: Samuel Iga Zinunula

Saturday March 13 2010

By Beatrice Lamwaka

Samuel Iga Zinunula is the Managing Partner of IRIS Consulting and Training Ltd. He is also a poet.
Why do you read?
I started reading and I cannot stop. I read to think and it is human nature.

How many books do you read at ago, and when do you read?
I read all the time whenever I can. At the moment, I am reading Aid and Other Dirty Business by Giles Bolton – an insider revealing how good intentions have failed the world’s poor. And, Strange Fruit by Helen Moffett. I am making an effort to read books written by Ugandans, I am reading A Season of Mirth by Regina Amollo.

Which books keep resounding in your mind?
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis, an educative book which examines our spiritual obligations and portrays perceptions of life after death, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis based on Greek mythology and deals with the issue of identity, and The God of Small Things by Roy Arundhati.

What kind of books are in your bookshelf?
I have mainly three categories of books: Entrepreneurship and self motivation, development and agriculture, and biographies including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Clinton, Ben Carson, Henry Ford and Margaret Thatcher – which is very well written.

What lures you into buying books?
I sometimes buy books that are recommended to me. Sometimes, I buy books that deal with issues I am interested in including construction, real estate, and agriculture. I normally read the blurb, a few paragraphs to check if the book is well written or well edited. If I like an author, I may buy his or her books.

What is your favourite quote?
“Money does not change men, it only unmasks them; if a man is naturally greedy, proud or selfish, money brings that out, that’s all”. Henry Ford

Which books have you bought for people?
I bought The Five Love Languages for a young woman I cared for very much. The book shows that in a relationship, some people are not good speakers but they can use another language like spending quality time together, and giving presents. For a couple of friends, I have bought The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy which brings out logically the concept that if we think we can, we achieve whatever it is that we want to achieve. It is a great book.

Do you refer to particular books for guidance?
I read Ethics for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama which addresses the question of coping with “modern” life: Environment, stress and traffic jam, and how we can stay alive without stress and how we can calm ourselves. My family normally reads a verse from the Bible as I drive the children to school in the morning, and Real Estate Riches by Dolf de Roos about how we can get high on OPM (other people’s money).