I am hooked on books, especially books that tell stories of other people’s travels.
On my bookshelf are copies of Michael Palin and Paul Theroux, as well as books by numerous journalists who wanted to tell the heartwarming stories that isn’t told in the media reports.
I have recently read a book on Beirut, on Afghanistan and on Iran; books that isn’t about the evil and the hatred, but about the people who live there, those who share the same life’s ambitions as us despite cultural and religious differences.
I have also read books on those who have experienced Australia, and learned about my own country through a new perspective. Reading has fulfilled my curiosity and occupied the days when I am not traveling; other people’s stories continue to intrigue my inner adventurer.
I am hooked, because I want to believe the world is not as bad as the media shows it to be.
I want to believe that taking away the politics, the fight for power, religion fanatics and money – we are all the same.
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Meanwhile, I shall live these lives through other people’s tales.Through these books, I dream of the days when I can also browse the bazaars of Afghanistan, experience the hospitality of the people of Iraq, celebrate the tribal festivals in Sudan, and share a cup of tea with the merchants of Israel.
What travel books have inspired you?