Traveler–an American Memoir is a personal view of life in the United States from April 2008–April 2009. This site is about writing, marketing, and publishing this book.
I was born in Pakistan, reared in England, and made my home in America. These three countries had shaped my worldview until the collapse of the banking system and election of the first African-American president in 2008. The social and financial impact on a personal level challenged my understanding of capitalism, government, religion, ethnicity, and the social contract. It led me to review American history, examine my self-identity, and question if American edicts held true.
We all live in the same world, and yet experience that same world from our perspective of self, place, and time. And while the internal search for meaning to one’s life had universal themes, it conflicted with the external narratives, which are locally based. Each nation re-enacts a story to support its identity and preserve it for future generations. But, what are the American founding principles based upon, and are they inclusive of everyone who lives by the law, or exclusive only to a class of people and their story?
In 2008, I worked for a Fortune 500 corporation as a Technical Trainer. I presented seminars in large cities, small towns, and remote locations throughout the United States. As I traveled and learned more about the American story, I looked for my own among three diverse cultures on three different continents. And if I couldn’t find meaning, then I hoped to at least make sense of a chaotic and confusing first decade of the 21st Century.
The financial crash and election of President Obama in 2008 changed American history. These two events led to the election of President Trump eight years later and a change in world history. I hope you’ll join me on a look back for a new voice and perspective from this historic era. It’ll be non-partisan, non-divisive, and only half as serious as this About page. Please subscribe in the link below to receive blog posts and use the contact page if you have questions or comments.