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No Destination: An Autobiography

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Written with a penetrating simplicity, No Destination is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life. When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. Dissuaded from this path by an inner voice at the age of 18, he became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi's vision of a renewed Indi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by UIT Cambridge Ltd. (first published March 12th 1992)
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Pat Morris-jones
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great guy. I did worry as, having seen this chap, it spoilt my image of him. When he was young I thought he was more selfish than I expected. However when I read about him at 50 and 60 I realised that he had matured, like all of us, I was right all along. He is great.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring - a combination of Hindu philosophy/spirituality, environmental aand green issues. I loved it, but felt that the solutions that the author makes seem so simple just wouldn't be scaleable to a global solution. That said, I agreed with almost all of the ideas ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Humble and modest. A breath of fresh air, written with such kindness.
Dan Gheorghita
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
The book is balanced, so to say... A first great half, and a not so great other half.
It depends on each individual's quest. I was looking for inspiration and I found it. I was looking for philosophy and resources, I found them.

Kumar did his thing and as for myself, he fulfilled his task as a man of this world. No doubt of that. Now you cannot have everything from one man can you?

I can imagine he's a better speaker than writer, but again, read your book knowing what you're looking for.

It definit
Joseph Riley
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
As others have opined, this is a book of two halves for me. The first half compromising the author's early life in India and his peace walk is fascinating, but the second half drags in places (though I enjoyed his UK pilgrimage).

Also, I'm not totally in love with the travelling without money pilgrimage which satish undertakes. Doesn't spending money when travelling help local businesses, especially the small ones that he is so fond of?

Overall this is a good book and definitely worth reading, pa
Olivia Byass Smithies
Loved it at the beginning
Then gradually fell out of love as the author seemed to progressively get mire self satisfied which it totally legitimate he’s done great things! But can seem condescending and there’s only so many books by self satisfied men that I can read that hardly mention women at all!
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Life lessons, inspiration, lots of details (maybe too many?)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Repetitive, very interesting in the beginning then is so boring. The Idea of asking and begging for food and shelter I didn't like it and it confused me! ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I stuck this book on my wishlist after hearing about the author's peace walk around the world on Radio 4 as it sounded pretty interesting and I wanted to find out more. The early part of Kumar's life was pretty interesting and I was hooked probably up until he settled in Britain. Hearing about how he was trying to learn Welsh and raise a family were less interesting. However, I think the problem is that I fundamentally disagree with Kumar's basic philosophy on life. Despite some good points abou ...more
Ian Russell
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: long distance walkers, pilgrims, the spiritually inclined, anti-consumerists, activists
The celebrity of Satish Kumar hinges on the great undertaking of the ''Peace Walk'', a journey on foot across Asia and Europe without pre-arranged means of support, to meet the four leaders of the nuclear armed superpowers of that time. What a story! Sadly, it was disappointing in the telling; I got the impression the author had either forgot and was too honest to embellish, or was reluctant in the first place. The two highlights we were prepared for in the blurb; the spell in French custody and ...more
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Josef Kreitmayer
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book.
Sathish Kumar is an outstanding personality, whith a contemporary life history, as unique as it can get. I got to know first time about the book several years ago, and somehow it met me again. This time it felt right, and I would consider it one of the most inspiring autobiographic reads of my life. It is just about embracing, calmnes, little and big adventures, just happening. Genuinely heartful.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it
After a very promising start, as a wandering monk, then in an ashram, and then working with the landless movement,and finally, walking from India to the US on a peace march, the book ends, and begins again. The second half is a homely account of the second half of his life, in England and about various journeys and pilgrimages here and there. Rather dull. Wish he had wrote more about walking across eastern europe and asia minor - that was very interesting stuff.
Jennie Kristel
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
A lovely walk with Satish Kumar as he recounts his life. We walk with him as he works to understand what the deep meaning of a spiritual person means to him and in what ways he interweaves social justice, education, family and teacher. A book well worth reading to understand Gandhi and Jain and Buddhist philosophy.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Exciting autobiography book - loved every single bit of it! Story of the romantic nature's lover and at the same time very practical person,throughout all his life of changes,aspiring for peace and spirituality. ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Be the change you want to see and this will inspire the journey
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wish everyone would read this book, or at least something with similar sentiments. The world needs to hear this point of view more.
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Satish Kumar is an Indian, currently living in England, who has been a Jain monk and a nuclear disarmament advocate, and is the current editor of the magazine Resurgence, founder and Director of Programmes of the Schumacher College international centre for ecological studies and of The Small School. His most notable accomplishment is a "peace walk" with a companion to the capitals of four of the n ...more

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