Title- Why we travel
The title raises the question about the need of travelling. It makes the readers curious to read the essay. The writer gives his ideas about the purposes of travelling.
‘Why we Travel’, by Pico Iyer is a classic essay. He gives the reasons for his passion to travel and shares them with the readers. He quotes famous writers and puts forth his own observations while describing his own instinct to travel.
Writer- Siddarth Pico Raghavan Iyer:
He is also known as Pico Iyer. He is a British –born American essayist and novelist. He is best known for his travel writing. He has written several books including Video Night in Kathmandu (1988), The Lady and The Monk (1991), The Global Soul (2000) and The Man within My Head (2012). He is working as an essayist for Time since 1986. He also publishes regularly in The New York Review of Books and The New York Times and other renowned publications.
Ice Breakers Activities-
1) Share your views on how Travelling can be a hobby.
Yes, travelling can be a hobby. We can develop travelling as a hobby. It will help us to use our time suitably and effectively. Travelling helps us to understand various cultures, customs, traditions, and style of living. It improves our social skills and communication. Purpose of travelling is to forget our worries, stressful thoughts and release the tension. All these are the also the benefits of pursuing a hobby. So, travelling is a hobby.
3) Make a list of your expectations when you travel to some new place.
When I travel to some new place, my expectations are as follows-
1) To get good accommodation.
2) To get suitable transport system.
3) Food should be delicious and available whenever hungry.
4) The place should be safe to travel.
5) There should be interesting places to visit.
6) To get good help, if needed.
7) To get affordable food.
8) To get true information about the new places.
9) To get guide to get proper information.
10) To get entertainment.
11) To get pleasant company.
12) To get good weather.
Why We Travel-
Guess the meaning-
riches are differently dispersed- rich cultures that are found in different areas
George Santayana- George Agustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayanay Borras- a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.
lapidary- relating to the engraving, cutting, or polishing of stones and gems (of language- elegant and concise.)
solitudes- a lonely or uninhabited place.
running some pure hazard- accepting a risk or danger
travail- hard work
sovereign- supreme and effective
provincial- limited in outlook, narrow minded
complacencies- satisfaction with one’s own achievements
abstraction- something that exists only as an idea
Michael Jordan- an American former professional basketball player
Kyoto- once the capital of Japan, now is a city on the island of Honshu
ikebana- Japanese art of flower arrangement
impoverished- reduced to poverty
Proust- a French novelist, critic and essayist, one of the most influential authors of the 20th century
subtler- more difficult to grasp
resuscitate- make active and vigorous
Hazlitt- an English essayist, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator and philosopher
impulse- a sudden strong and unreflective urge to act
Oliver Cromwell – an English military and political leader
educes- brings out or develops something latent or potential
risumi- a risumi is a special kind of resume (frame of life)
crucible- a situation in which people or things are severely tested
monasticism- living like monks or their way of life, living alone
Camus- Albert Camus -a French philosopher, author and journalist
Christopher Isherwood- an Anglo- American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and diarist
Wistfully- full of longing
ecstasy- great joy
scrutiny- careful and detailed examination of something
Teriyaki- a Japanese dish of fish or meat marinated in soya sauce and grilled
inalieanably- in a manner that makes it impossible for something to taken away.
Oolong teas- dark coloured partly fermented China teas
exotica- strikingly different or colourful, belonging to distant foreign countries
many- tongued- a person who speaks many languages
mongrel- someone of mixed cultures
inheritance- the acquisition of possession from past generations
in flux- undergoing constant frequent changes
Sir John Mendeville- the supposed author of ‘The Travels of Sir John Mendeville,’ a travel memoir in French which first circulated between 1357-1371
ineffable- too great or extreme to be expressed in words.
Emerson- Ralph Waldo Emerson- an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.
Thoreau- Henry David Thoreau- an American essayist, poet and philosopher.
Sir Thomas Browne- an English polymath and author of varied works.
Peter Matthiessen- an American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer, zen teacher and CIA officer
Oliver Sacks- a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science
atoll- a carol island consisting of a reef surrounding a lagoon
apostles- vigorous and pioneering supporters of an idea or a cause
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