The author is Husna Kassim, (Lower Six 1970 / Siti Zawiah house)
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.