Book of words

Having attended the Singapore Writers Festival last year, I decided to head down again this year hoping to discover new authors and reads, and I was not disappointed.

Travel writer Pico Iyer was one of the authors whom I found myself engaging with, and the travel rules he abides by are intriguing. For him, shorter rather than longer trips tend to produce better pieces of literature.

“The longer your stay, the more likely you will form more prejudices that would color your writing,” he said. “Four days is better than two weeks.”

Throughout the talk, Iyer emanates the vibe of a Buddhist Zen master, revealing he goes into monastic retreats at least four times a year. Such inner peace and calmness are reflected when sharing his traveling habits:

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