In the first part of A Call to Travel, the author spins detailed portraits of her spiritually inspired sojourns to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, Istanbul in Turkey and a number of cities in Indonesia, including Yogyakarta and Solo. The second part describes her experiences of the Muslim pilgrimages of the Hajj and Umrah.
The stories are delightful shapes of time that leaves an impression that life is very real yet elusive, shifting between transience and permanence. The reader can choose to observe and ponder, or travel and disappear in the stories. – Isa Kamari, novelist, essayist, musician and playwright
If you’re looking for the frenetic, the jangling, the adrenaline-filled tales of so much modern travel writing, you’ve come to the wrong place. To travel with Rumaizah Abu Bakar is to voyage into a world of the quiet and understated, a place where wonder unfurls in fine detail under a gracious and appreciative eye. – Carl Hoffman, author of Savage Harvest