16th September 2014
When I go on vacation, I resolve to never return - even if it is a wonderful experience - because I know I will never be able to recreate the magic of a memory. So I focus instead on making the experience unforgettable - and living every minute fully.
Besides, how else will I make the space in my life for the hundreds of places I have yet to experience?
What is your travel motto?
15th September 2014
8th September 2014
Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
7th September 2014
No drug I can imagine, few love-affairs I might dream of, can match that simple, shocking excitement of arriving in a truly foreign place. It is akin to the first kiss, the first date, all the firsts that have an intensity and life disproportionate to their duration; the first moment is worth a thousand others.
5th September 2014
1st September 2014
The ‘Top Ten’ Book List Challenge is making its rounds on Facebook. How many of your Top 10 books are based on adventure?
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “When you discover an island that belongs to nobody, it is yours.”
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel. “I was named after a swimming pool”.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”
- Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. “If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me?”
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall. “Lightning always strikes in the same place twice.”
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. “Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.”
- Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway. “My big fish must be somewhere.”
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. “Let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall to us.”
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London. “The sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”
The common themes in my list (I’d like to think!) seem to be - fantasy | adventure | possibilities | embracing the unknown.
And 5 more for your Essential Collection to “Nurture an Adventurous Spirit”: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Time Machine, Gulliver’s Travels.
What’s on your Top 10 Adventure Book List?
VJ Singh | Far/Back | September 2014