Traveler – An American Memoir is a personal view of life in the United States during a twelve-month period from April 2008 through April 2009. This site is about writing, marketing, and publishing this book.
Two historic events eclipsed all others during this timeframe. First, the systemic failure of the banking system in 2008 and the socialist response by the U.S. government challenged my core understanding of American capitalism; and second, the inauguration of the first African-American president in 2009 just about challenged everyone’s understanding of government, different ethnicities, and the social contract. It led me to review American history, examine my own self-identity, and question what it meant to be an American as compared to a citizen under other co-opted financial and social systems.
I was born in Pakistan, reared in England, and made my home in America. These three cultures had formed, balanced, and then challenged my worldview. The internal and spiritual search for meaning to one’s life has universal themes. The external narrative, however, was locally based and propagated to maintain the identity of its people. Each country re-enacted a story to pass on to future generations. What were these guiding principles based upon, and were they inclusive of everyone who lived by the law of the land, or exclusive to a class of people and their story?
I worked for a Fortune 500 corporation in April of 2008. The title on my business card read 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 the border lines of three 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.
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