Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Kindness of Strangers (Don George)

Sponsored by Lonely Planet and prefaced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this collective book gathers travel stories of authors, known and unknown, having as a common theme the random manifestations of kindness they have experienced from total strangers while on the road. In turn funny and toe-curling, these accounts make for a wonderful read, even though some of these travellers should be severely berated for their imprudence and, sometimes, downright stupidity. The real value of this book resides, in my opinion, in that it reminds us of one essential principle – no matter the race, language, religion, skin colour, we are one and the same. It seems urgent, in these troubled times, where people are ready to blow themselves and innocent others up for chimerical theologies, to remind human beings of what brings them together rather than what separates them. This book takes one step in the right direction.

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