- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Road Junky (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979598427
- ISBN-13: 978-0979598425
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,466,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hand to Mouth to India Paperback – March 1, 2009
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If it were just that though, simply a series of stories about what happened to him along the way, it might still be an entertaining read but not a book that will necessarily give you any greater insight into the world. Tom does more. You can tell that he doesn't just treat people he meets as characters who make colorful stories: he comes across human beings whose hopes and struggles he can understand and appreciate in the context of stifling societies and crushing poverty, even if at times they depress him or drive him crazy. He's also very aware of his own confusions, doubts, hypocrisy, and the lucky role of the dice that got him born into a wealthy country where he had lots of freedoms and choices, unlike many of the people he meets along the way.
One thing I took away from this book was how important it is to just set out, to catch the wave and ride it even if you've got no clue on what shore you'll eventually turn up on. The other, maybe bigger lesson I got from Tom's adventure is that yes, it might be terrifying/brave/stupid to set out with nothing, but at the end he's proven that there are a whole lot of people out there - maybe most - who will, no matter their nationality or race or political leanings or preconceived stereotypes we may have about them, be generous and kind when given the chance, who will help out their fellow man when he's in need, who will extend their hand, open their homes and sometimes even their hearts to a shifty looking character wearing dirty, torn clothing and a rucksack on his back who shows up one day wandering aimlessly around the dark, dusty roads of their city.