The Kindness Diaries

The Kindness Diaries

One Man's Epic Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World

eBook - 2014
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"The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness"-- Provided by publisher.
"The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness. Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he's won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Readers Digest, 2014
ISBN: 9781621451921
1621451925
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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sourabhforu
Sep 01, 2016

I had high expectations from this book when I read the description. However, I could not get through it no matter how hard I tried. The biggest problem was that the author just put in too much explicit emphasis on how "kindness and love are important". I mean, literally, you cannot get through 5-10 pages of this book without encountering these words. I got tired and irritated finally. And the description is clearly misleading where it does not state that he will be travelling with a camera crew. Shrewd marketing.

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Walkingabout
Sep 27, 2015

Realistic take on the ups and downs of his journey around the world. Often an engaging writer but can be stilted. Still very inspirational about human kindness and how often people who have little give the most.

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WCLSSumasLibrary
Jul 25, 2015

I wanted to really like this book. I liked the general premise..travelling around the world via kindness. But the fact that he started out the trip with a camera crew (even though, according to the author, they stayed in the background until he asked them to), and was relying on the kindness of others to provide ALL his needs (food, lodging, gas) was a bit extreme. He did thank some people who he "made a connection with" by providing them what they needed...a place to live, education for their kids, plane tickets to a son's wedding, etc. But there were many others that helped him out that got no mention. The author seemed to move on quickly, never staying in one city more than a night, and spending most of his time asking people (and getting rejected) for a place to stay, a tank of gas, food. Do you really get a feel for a people and place that quickly? The final straw for me with the book was when in India, the author used the similarity of his motorbike and a famous bike from a Bollywood movie to get his bike completely overhauled and fixed...for free. He even had the camera crew show themselves in order to make it appear the bike actually WAS famous. And what did the Indian people who spent all day working on this bike get? A thank you. Disappointing book on how kindness will change the world.

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bookwormjeph
May 01, 2015

An interesting read and fascinating for the places he went to and the people he met.
But I did find it a little, ok a lot , preachy as to what he found was important in life , as he laboured the point at the end of each chapter. By the end of the book I preferred the people he met on his journey than the author himself.

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newdog
Mar 14, 2015

I have very mixed feelings about this book. One one hand it was incredibly touching to see how the poorest people throughout the world would open their homes to someone in need, giving him food, refuge, and even gasoline. On the other hand, I had issues with the wealthy author travelling the world with no money, asking for help from the poorest individuals as he had something he wanted to prove. Yes, he did do some really good things for a few that he met; however, I'd feel better about him if I were to learn that with his profits from the book and any film he does, that he sent a royalty check to each and everyone he met along the way who shared the very little that they had with him.

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