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Hand to Mouth to India [Kindle Edition]

Tom Thumb
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Book Description

I wrote Hand to Mouth to India in 1997/8 at the age of 20 and it’s the tale of how I hitchhiked from England to India with no money.

I risked hunger, Hungarian damsels, Islamic conversion attempts and over-friendly truck drivers as I hitched through England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India until I washed up on the shores of Goa with a dollar in my pocket.


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  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004N84W18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book marks a change in my life February 15, 2011
By Chris K
Format:Kindle Edition
Hand to mouth to India humbly gives us a genuine view of travelling and justifies the very aim of being on the road as a way of embracing life. It is both the diary of an incredible trip (which is thus being made credible) and an interesting constant introspection that brings callings into questions beyond prejudice. Tom Thumb shows us by travelling without money that hospitality and kindness can be found everywhere. This book is - and will remain - a wonderful source of motivation that I'll keep as an example.
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By GB10
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I was searching for a good book to read on my Kindle and somehow this one popped up. And it was $2.99.

I'll try not to spoil the book, in case you haven't read it yet:
- Feels like a journal that was typed into a book, complete with some grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. Makes it feel all the more genuine.
- I've never hitch-hiked, and doubt I ever will, so I don't know how realistic it is. That is neither good nor bad.
- I learned that yesterday is the same word as tomorrow, in one of the countries in which he travels. Interesting. I won't fact-check that one; I'll just accept it.
- I use my Kindle to highlight vocabulary words that I didn't know (or didn't completely know). I highlighted a bunch. Maybe some are not even words. That's ok too. It's his journal, not mine. He's allowing us to peer into his thoughts as they are.
- A quote that I highlighted, that I seem to like: "If something or someone is beyond explanation then you're more than likely to find them on the Indian sub-continent sooner or later, where everyone has a place. Maybe that's why I was going." (Kindle Locations 750-751).
- Another quote that I laughed at (you'll need to read the book to find the context): "Perhaps they had expected me to hunt butterflies for food." (Kindle Location 2193).
- Many other quotes that I highlighted too. I am sure I will go back ans re-read those quotes and think about them some more. That is the mark of a good book, in my opinion.
- I suspect the true measure of whether this book affected me will be what I think, and what I do, the next time I see a hitch-hiker.
- I was glad the author spent time describing the journey between point A and point B. I suspected it would be a lot about point A or point B.
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