Do Your Travel Plans Include Reading?

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I don’t know about you but my reading always comes in waves. As in I will read for months on end and then the reading drought comes along and it becomes as dry as the sahara till the next torrential rain storms of Calcutta hits.

I have come to realize that my book seasons are directly correlated to my travel patterns. While some of you are in and out of planes, trains and automobiles or even enjoying some much needed summer solitude at home, I thought why not share my reading list before the change of season (for me).

I picked up this book at Delhi Airport on my recent trip back from India. I have to be honest and say what caught my eye first was the title. I wasn’t sure if I was picking up a romance novel or… actually I wasn’t even sure.

“India In Love” by Ira Trivedi talks about the sexual revolution sweeping thru India right now. It’s definitely an eye-opening look into the old age system of arranged marriages and it’s changing face to higher divorce rates / live in relationships/ same sex relationships and extra marital affairs. “Love marriages” are on a rise in India currently, shaking the age old tradition of arranged marriages. The author @iratrivedi seems to have researched and traveled extensively throughout India to explore “LOVE” ❤️in India in the 21st century!

I picked up this book at Minneapolis airport when I went to go visit my childhood friend from Zambia, Africa. Did I pick it up because I knew @trevornoah was from South Africa and I had spent quite a bit of time there last year? But, I really picked it up as I was intrigued what “Born A Crime” could mean. I didn’t have any idea in the foggiest of what it was even suggesting . So, a credit card swipe later I was on to turning the pages of this book.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Without giving away too much,This book is not only hilarious and dramatic, but deeply impactful and reminds one how truly blessed we are to live in this era.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris was a gem of a find at O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg. I love reading books which tell stories weaved into history. It not only leaves me intrigued by the era that was but also inspires me to travel there.

It’s a vivid tale and re-creation of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew’s experiences in 1942 as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners which became one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. This book is a true testament to the endurance of love, bravery, compassion but most of all humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k  by Mark Manson is my current read and truly trying to understand the change in mindset of what we have always been told – when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. In fact Mark says ” we need to learn to stomach the lemons better”. For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.”

@markmansonnet’s theory which is backed by academic research says that human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” He advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them, and once we embrace those fears, faults, uncertainties, start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we are all looking for.

Life is a complex web and through this read he encourages us to really self evaluate and figure out things that matter and the ones that matter and we give a f**k about. Money is great but the experiences in life is where true wealth lies. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing and entertaining real-talk that encourages us to live grounded lives.

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Do you prefer to “read” on the Kindle Unlimited, listen on Audible or a physical book?

So lately, I have been buying books instead of reading on my Kindle/iPhone/iPad. I do also love reading books on the Kindle Unlimited App (don’t need an actual kindle and can read on any device) especially as I can read them anywhere. We always have our phone with us and that makes it ever so convenient – be it waiting to pick up kids from school or at doctors appointments, or sitting in an Uber/Lyft while in traffic.

Love the convenience of the Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Have you tried it? They offer over 1 million books and unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks and also offer the first month for free.

Have you tried audible? I personally get distracted very easily and realize I don’t end up listening to the book as my thoughts take over. I know friends who commute for work and love audible and feel like its a great way for them to “read’ their books. I do love listening to podcasts and don’t get distracted so I guess I just need to work harder at “reading” a book on Audible. Maybe I need to sign up again and get my two free audiobooks and give it a second chance.

Are books part of your travel plans this summer? Would love to hear your recommendations.

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