Stories From The East

People & Places

Travelling – it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller” Ibn Battuta

People and Places Walk My Journey

Many dream of breaking routines and pushing boundaries for that once-in-a-lifetime experience: taking buses, travelling around Turkey in the thick of winter, or crossing Siberia on the Trans Mongolian Express, or enjoying a campfire under the desert stars on the edge of the Sahara, or watching a bullfight in Madrid.

“People & Places: Walk My Journey” is part travelogue and part personal memoir. Some of these journeys were geographical ones while some were inner journeys, They were written in a vivid emotive narration and storytelling style that would transport the reader back to the journey, as if he was there himself, travelling with the writer. These journeys are told in 22 essays, some of which are Romance on the Trans Mongolian Express; Backpacking Langkawi; Unforgettable Istanbul, and many others.

The book was launched by the ex-Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, on 11 June 2022 at the Putra World Trade Centre, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Book Review

Book Review. BY OnlineBookClub.org :

“I found the book enlightening and while I enjoyed Kassim’s journey as I read, it was how she presented her experiences that I found most interesting. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars because it was a fantastic read with details about her travel adventures and an eye-opener to many other cultures and people worldwide. I recommend it to individuals hoping to start a travel journal and travel the world someday.”

Jachike Samuelson

Synopsis

“I found the book enlightening and whike I enjoyed Kassim’s journey…….the world someday”.Travelling the world is a feat many dream of, but for Husna, it was a dream come true.  This book “People & Places: Walk My Journey” is a compendium of her travels over the years and her experiences while travelling through parts of Siberia, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, Japan and of course her home-country, Malaysia.  It all started with her travel itch in 2014 when traveling to Morocco was made impossible due to technicalities and her attention then turned towards Tunisia instead, a Tunisia recovering from the uprisings of the Arab Spring.  The book is an enlightening read especially with how Husna presented her experiences that were most interesting.  Writing in first-person narrative boosted the personal nature of this book.  As she went through each destination, she made observations that reflected cultural nuances giving insights into the different people and cultures around the world, some many  readers may find  excitingly unfamiliar.  Her descriptions of how each place made her feel and her takeaways from these places made the entire book a learning opportunity.  Her chapter titles evoke a sense of adventure in keeping with the purpose of her writing. Such titles  Unforgettable Istanbul”, “Romance On The Trans Mongolian Express” and “On the Edge of the Sahara” made the reader  curious and eager to read the chapters.  Her geographical journeys were also intertwined with her inner journeys. The book is highly recommended for those individuals who intend to start a travel journal and travel the world someday.

 

About the picture

The lady next to me is the exDeputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, DS Dr Wan Azizah. A long-time friend. Book Launch 11th June 2022

The Journey Begins

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