Commentary by Don Knebel
I am proud to report that the Indiana Historical Society has selected my book, “Flushed with Curiosity – 101 Travel Tales with a Twist,” for inclusion in this year’s Holiday Author Fair, taking place at the Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis December 3. I will be there from noon to 4 p.m., along with about 60 other Indiana writers, signing copies. The event is free (the books are not) and includes a chance to see the wonderful exhibits in the History Center. You can get more information at indianahistory.org/events/holiday-author-fair.
“Flushed with Curiosity” is based on the columns I have written for The Current for almost five years. The book’s title comes from the first column, reporting my surprise and embarrassment in learning that some people in India still prefer their traditional toilets. Since then, never again mentioning toilets, I have described sites in 38 different countries. Nineteen of the 207 columns have been about India, my favorite country to visit. Seventeen columns have been about Syria, which I visited in November 2010, just before the fighting started. Several of the places in Syria I have written about have been destroyed and can no longer be visited by anyone. The columns have described Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh and pagan holy sites, as well as many with no religious significance. Thirty-four of the columns have mentioned tombs, and several have described heads being separated from bodies, either after death or before. The column about Finnish sauna etiquette generated the largest reader response.
If you get the chance Dec. 3, please stop by the Author Fair and introduce yourself. I would very much like to meet you. Next week, I will return to my weekly routine, talking about a temple in Taipei where students pray for academic success.