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An engineer who evolved to become a corporate executive, evolved again to become a self made businessman , and then again to become an education activist and finally someone with a passion to make a difference in the lives of Indians with interest in Africa.

African Food – New Craze For Indians?

Since the first human came from Africa, it stands to reason to conclude that cooking was invented in Africa. Images of meat being cooked directly on fire during Stone Age, popular in Africa even today, gives further evidence to this.  If you are an adventurous meat eater, then you already know that there is no better place than the dark ... Read More »

Still Keen On Kenya

Has the Westgate Mall attack given a new image to Kenya? Will breath taking images of Serengeti now get juxtaposed replaced with those of collapsing shopping mall with fireworks of a diffrent sort ? Will video clips of stampede of hundreds of migrating wildebeest and zebra trying to escape from predators get interspersed with those of frantic people stampeding similarly ... Read More »

Baking Cake In Kigali

“… Yes it was not easy. They gave me a chair to sit on but I couldn’t sit for more than a few seconds. But when I stood, my legs didn’t want to hold me, and I had to sit. But I couldn’t sit still and I had to stand up. Eh! I was up and down like the panty ... Read More »

The Educated Indian

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It is said that two things that universally defines an Indian are color of skin (brown skinned people) and our attitude towards education. Out of the two as well, color of skin varies, but not the importance of education in our lives. It’s been part of our roots and cultural upbringing for so long that may be, it’s also become ... Read More »

MTHATHA’ MALAYALIS

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MTHATHA’ MALAYALIS   Malayali’s ( from the small state of kerala also called Keralites) residing in Umtata,  like to tell us that when the city was renamed as Mthatha, the alphabet M was added to honour  the Malayali’s in the region ! That’s a joke ofcourse. What is not a joke is the contribution, Keralites have made to the region. Like ... Read More »

Mozambique – The Rising Star

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Someday Hollywood will read the history of Mozambique and make a blockbuster movie out of it. Consider this story line. A prince from Zimbabwe did a “salt march” a few hundred years before Mahatma Gandhi. Prince Mutota’s (that’s his name) quest was to locate a new source of salt for his kingdom and so he traveled east and came to ... Read More »

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of ... Read More »

……..Your turn to fly

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Do young girls grow breasts like how rainflies grow wings?  I was in my home town in Kerala last year on a short visit, when this thought had occurred. The newspaper that day was screaming of yet another women-abuse story. This time a 23 year old medical student, Jagruti wanting to return home after watching a movie, boarded a city ... Read More »

CAPE TOWN – esCape Town

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Angela, a slave woman from Bengal India, landed in Cape Town by sea in 1658 (approx. 200 years before Indian indentured labourers arrived in Durban).  She had been bought by the Cape Magistrate and then like a commodity sold a few times from one person to another, as usually happened in the slave trade of those days. What’s unusual about ... Read More »

2012-2013

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GOOD BYE 2012 …HELLO 2013… 2012 has been an amazing year. One that bears witness to an idea blossoming into a reality. Today a one year old magazine resembles a lot like a year old baby. Every day arrives with things that amazes, exasperates and eventually gives hours of happiness. Not just for the few of us who are involved ... Read More »

DIWALI’S CELEBRATION HERITAGE IN QUESTION

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दिवाली का जश्न विरासत का प्रश्न (परिपेक्ष्य – 2009 दिवाली समारोह कोंसुल जनरल डरबन))                             Diwali’s Celebration Heritage in question   दीयों की लौ लडखडाई थी रौशनी की जान पर बनआई थीजो रौशन किये दिवाली केचिराग तभी जोर से पवन आईथीधडके थे दिल सवाल था सबके लबों परक्या फिर हारेगाउजाला और जीतेगा तिमिरचिंगारी अपना काम कर गयीअलख जो लगी तो अंधेरों की सूरत बदल गयी हर्ष ने किया प्रेमपूर्ण आव्हान तो आशु ने छेड़ी मीठी सी तान झूम उठी महफिल, थिरकने लगे बच्चे, बूढे और जवान   आज मनाया जो जश्न, दिल खिल गए कई खोये हुए अपनों से आज मिल गए है क्या चौदह बरस के वनवासी राम की यह शान ? नहीं, है यह सौ साल के बिछडों से मिलने की दास्तान   वो निकले थे घर छोड कर परदेस कि ओर पथिक थे थके थे, न सान्झ थी न भोर भूख और गुलामी उनकी थी मजबूरी इसलिये अनचाहे ही चुनी वतन से ... Read More »

JHB – THE CITY OF GOLD

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There is an irony about Johannesburg that’s noticed mostly by foreigners visiting South Africa for the first time. Upon landing in Johannesburg, they first notice name of the airport: OR Tambo International Airport. First timers’ curiosity gets them to discover that Oliver Tambo was one of the stalwarts of freedom struggle who had dedicated his whole life for this worthy ... Read More »

DURBAN – THE HEART OF THE ZULU KINGDOM

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The only logic of choosing Durban as the city to settle down appears somewhat dubious: that it’s a city with lot of Indians ( around 0.7 million i.e approx 55% of total indian population in SA & 27% of Durban population). But that is exactly what the Indian I chance to meet a day after landing in Johannesburg told me, ... Read More »

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