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Trails: A Voyage in Trust Before Suspicion (second edition)

by:
Rajeev Kasat (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-0726-4 ©2001
Price: $14.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 219 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

Abstract:
This book is a collection of true stories, poetry, photographs, and drawings. It is where I have taken myself, sometimes for no reason in particular except for the sake of seeing. Sometimes I am not satisfied until I reach a dot on the map, and if nothing’s there, at least I no longer have any questions about what I’m missing. Traveling on a boat around the world, hitchhiking across the United States, and journeying alone through Africa are just the details. The conscious struggles I face with being born privileged are the reasons. My method of survival… trust before suspicion.

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Customer Reviews

  Amazing , 11/12/2003
Reviewer: Brad Hunt
This book is truly amazing! It really touches your soul and makes you realize that there are people in need, not just for food and supplies but in need for love, happiness, or just someone to talk to for a little while.

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  AMAZING , 01/18/2004
Reviewer: emy
This is by far my favorate book on this planet. i read it all the time, and never get sick of it. i love it. the auther takes you with him in his travels around the world. he inspired me totaly. i love it i love it i love it!!!! please read and **** check out everloutionary his newest book...its amazing as well!!! ****

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  Incredible! , 09/09/2004
Reviewer: Michael
This book plays with the mind and emotions. Read it with an open mind and you truly will be amazed. It offers perspectives that many of us never take the time to see. Incredible!

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  For the Love of Words , 09/15/2004
Reviewer: Fallon Johnson
Not only did I read this book I also was blessed to have taken his Alternatives to Violence class.These amazing words came from an amazing man. If you have a passion to learn and a love for words you will love his. Read this book as well as his newest. I learned a lot from his words, take advantage and do the same.

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  read this book. , 01/19/2005
Reviewer: Catarina
I just finished reading Trails today. I can honestly say that I am sad to be done. Reading Trails made me question the things I did and the way I thought. The simple joy of life is something I took for granted. Not anymore. I think I'm a better person for it. I think you may be too.

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  Changing My Life , 11/23/2005
Reviewer: Sasha Zoltanski
I am about 50 pages away from finishing TRAILS: Trust Before Suspicion and I have to say - I think it is changing my life. Your ways of comparing America and your life in America to Africa and India are so remarkable. I have been obsessed with it and get upset when I cannot read it. There are also times when I am so tired after 5 hours of dance at 11pm and I just want to read "ONE chapter" and that always turns into 3 or four. I want to say that I hardly EVER read because I do not find time to. But your book is so different. The stories are true and everything you say is so true. I would like to thank you for giving me the experience of reading it. I cannot wait to read Everlutionary. It sort of upsets me to see that it is so thin, though. But, likewise, I know it will be outstanding. You are an amazing individual and I have learned so much from you. Thank you for teaching me and it was a complete honour to meet you.

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  I met the man. , 02/23/2006
Reviewer: Matt Boyle
I'd just like to say that I met the author during a peace summit which is how I found out about the book. I know that I speak for more then myself when I say that this book changes everything about your life. Read it once and it becomes more then a book, it becomes part of the code you live your life by.

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  Cool book , 05/20/2006
Reviewer: Vishwas
I have met Rajeev when he was on his trip to India and his thinking about life and ppl is above a common man knowledge. He has being to Rajasthan for solving water problems to Himachal for more search of truth. I hope i meet him soon

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  Thank You , 06/21/2006
Reviewer: Rebecca Hsiang
Hello, my name is Rebecca. I live in Taiwan and I am 15 yr old. I have just recently finished reading your book. Your book led me to ponder and think about many aspects of my life. Especially about trust. Trusting other people. Growing up in Taiwan, I was taught to not trust strangers and that Taiwan was a full of bad and corrupt poeple However, being an extroverted person, I always thought differently. Furthermore, I am a christian and I believe that God is the creator all and loves all of His creation. To my belief, no one is a stranger because we all have the same Heavenly Father. Still, to have the courage to greet someone one has never met in their whole life is certainly "impressive" And so I made it a personal challenge to greet strangers, smile at people walking by. It's amazing to see the reactions, especially when others smile back. Another thing that your book really led me to ponder and reprimand myself about was how I take things for granted. I go to a private american school in Taichung. The tuition fee is more than 10 times a public chinese school. I have materialistic things that I dont' even need. I take for granted that I have running water in my taps. I take for granted that I have parents who care about my well-being and my future despite their pressure for me to be a highachiever. Everything in my life are blessings from God. Yet it is so easy for me to take them for granted, to want more, when there are ppl who are starving. I realized that one can never talk enough, think enough, pray enough for the poor. I also learned from your book that justice will only truly exist when the nation reinforces it. When we can live peacefully without the police. Thank you for writing your book. Thank you for having such insight and blessing the world by publishing it and make it available to all. I will make sure to tell my friends and those around me about your book and the important lessons it contains. Sincerely, Rebecca Hsiang

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  think , 08/31/2006
Reviewer: kirk fogg
amazing book, makes you apprechiate life

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  Phenomenal , 02/28/2007
Reviewer: Natasha
I'm never very good at starting anything off, but I have to say that Trails is a phenomenal book. Shamefully, in the near two years time that I have had this book, I have never entirely read it. I take a creative writing class at my high school and I have shared parts of the book to them as a sort of writing prompt. It made my teacher wonder what in the world I was reading, caused a lot of controversy among my peers, but more importantly made them think about their lives and our world. Which was why I shared it with them because ever since I got this book at a leadership summit in LA, it has been the only book to make me seriously think. I was looking at it just now, at 2:20 in the morning while I am working on an anthology, and realized how much this book has changed me as a person and many of my friends. I dare say that we are on a movement to change our world and it is steadily growing stronger. I doubt that after high school many people will remember the things we talk about changing, the places we want to travel, the lives outside the US we want to affect, but I will. I guess, because in the back of the book it says you invite readers to share their thoughts... I am. This book has change some freshmen lives in Nebraska, and I think that is something, because one life changed makes a difference. -NatashA

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  Risk Leads to Greatness , 03/24/2007
Reviewer: Kyle
Hi! My names Kyle Monahan. I wanted to say - I bought your book, "Trails" and I really enjoyed it. I'm actually going to give it to my friends, which I hardly ever do. Hopefully it will become one of those books that just migrates to different people, and affects them in different ways. Well, basically I wanted to say that I really learned alot - your book and workshop has changed my views on somethings - and also further strengthened the want that I have to experience the things that I wouldn't have experienced if I were to live my entire life in America. Overall, it made my personal life goals and planned life journey more concrete. And with regard to the final quote "To live without risk...is to risk not living." My friend Liz always says, "Risk leads to greatness." They kind of have the same feel. Thanks! -Kyle

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  Changing the World Around Me , 11/12/2007
Reviewer: Paco
Very cool, inspiring stuff that is changing the way I view the world and people around me.

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  Almost Missed the Metro (2x) , 12/12/2007
Reviewer: Gwen Brown
I have to tell you that I am having a ball with Trails. Your style is different and it took me a few pages to get beyond the wonder of it all; and now I can hardly put it down. I almost missed my stop twice while on the Metro yesterday. I found myself laughing out loud and shaking my head and smiling broadly. It's a great read. Thanks, Gwen

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  Waiting for the Next Flight , 12/16/2007
Reviewer: Laura Zamfir
I was at my gate in Fan Francisco, waiting for my connecting flight, reading “Trails.” I liked it so much that I completely lost track of time; I didn’t hear any announcements, haven’t seen people getting in, lost my flight and realized that not after 5 minutes, but after 40 min…. Smiling, I was waiting for the next flight - not for the next truck J - knowing that everything happens for a reason, and indeed I met an amazing person who is doing healing and spiritual counseling for 30 years. Thanks for the inspiration. Love and Light, Laura

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