Your story "The Quest for Paradise" [July 26-Aug. 2], stated, "Paradise can be an ideal, a state of being, a discovery—a candle lit in the darkness." Asia has many paradisial spots of natural beauty, but when it comes to simple day-to-day survival, most of Asia is a living hell. Poverty, joblessness, political instability and corruption are the rule. Asia is no place to live.
I was greatly moved by Pico Iyer's essay "The Paradise Within," in which he answers a question pertinent to our times: Where is...