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Book review: Insightful Atlas’ World Pocket Atlas

Written by Omair Alavi

Omair Alavi|Published May 23, 2020

In a world of people locked down with Covid-19, be the smart one out. What if you can’t leave your city or travel abroad as the whole world is at a standstill, nobody is stopping you from going around the world in as many minutes as you like.

Through Insightful Atlas’ World Pocket Atlas know more about the world than ever and also challenge your friends and families with insights that can brighten your day and night. They might underestimate you while playing games involving countries and their capitals, but you can surprise them with your worldly knowledge due to this pocketbook.

If you have gone through an atlas before, then you know how to navigate through these 255 pages. However, if you are new to the world of maps, this book will help you conquer it in no time. It comes with a complete list of the 196 countries in the world, their major cities, where they are situated as well as minor details regarding that country’s demographics.

You will also fall in love with the art of cartography and design, besides the impressive country profiles that accompany this atlas, making it a must-have especially in these circumstances. It will also clear up your confusion of many capital cities in the world, and you will be surprised to know that there are a few countries that have more than one capital city!

Don’t worry if you couldn’t find your favourite city on the map at first glance or had no clue which continent had the most number of states; one look at the index will lead you to your favourite city’s location on these pages, whereas spending some time with this atlas will tell you that Africa leads the way when it comes to the most number of states with 54 states, followed by Europe, Asia, North America, Australia/Oceania and finally South America. Needless to tell you, Antarctica has no state, but it is still a proper continent, one of the seven we have in this world.

If you feel like you are browsing through the paperback version of the world’s map while going through this atlas, that too with most of the cities on that page appealing to you (the capital cities are underlined), then this book has fulfilled its purpose. Packed with information and fascinating details about all the countries in the world, their official languages, religion, currencies, geographical location and the form of the government they follow, everything is here in this pocket-sized atlas. It does make the whole wide world look accessible if you know how to access it in the first place!

Published in Dawn, Young World, May 23rd, 2020

About the author

Omair Alavi

Omair Alavi is a highly regarded journalist, critic, and commentator, specializing in news, sports, showbiz, film, blogs, articles, drama, reviews, and PTV drama. With extensive experience and a keen eye for storytelling, he captivates audiences with his insightful analysis and compelling presentations. His expertise and contributions have made him a prominent figure in the media and entertainment industry.