Right of Passage by Rahul Jacob Picador India, HK$80 Rahul Jacob's Right of Passage contains articles you may have already encountered in the Financial Times, where he has the enviable title of travel, food and drink editor. Many are worth re-reading and not necessarily in the sequence in which they appear. The book is subtitled Travels from Brooklyn to Bali but it is more than travel articles. Jacob's collection also contains profiles packaged as lunch dates with such personalities as chef Madhur Jaffrey, writer Jan Morris and Man Booker Prize winner Yann Martel, whose shouting match with Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin at a Hong Kong Literary Festival event sets the tone of his discussion with Jacob about humans' religious impulse. Personable and erudite, Jacob infuses his essays with entertaining insight. Where travel is concerned the author eschews first-class cabins; he has the opportunity to read in economy class, he explains, because the flight attendants leave you alone. Following his obsession of the moment is his primary concern: in his essay on Senegal he forgoes beach resorts for Dakar's live music. Right of Passage can be read greedily in a sitting or languidly, whenever there is the urge to escape.