This is an Indian from Kolkata, India writing to you. I first got to know about this net-zine through a friend of mine who currently lives and works in Durban. I’ve been reading these since my friend sends me the links. Sorry that I don’t have the permission to spill the beans in terms of the name of that person. However, over and above this obvious connection, I’ve read the September issue with some interest since I’ve visited Durban for a brief holiday and found the write-ups on that beautiful city interesting to read. Kudos!
As a reader from abroad, may I make a few suggestions also please? After all, they are merely suggestions and you are at complete liberty not to take them. In fact, not to publish this letter, too! So, I’ll go ahead with my suggestions anyway.
- Though you say Africa, it seems mostly limited to the Republic of South Africa. What about extending it to include other African countries? You could start simply by inviting readers who have/do travel to other parts of Africa to share their experiences.
- What about inviting Indians who have visited Africa to share their experiences? That, too, would extend the horizon of your magazine, and with that – the readership.
- You have many sections, including Feng Shui and Vastu. Get a cookery section going. It could contain write-ups about special food joints and dishes in Africa. It could also be simple recipes for dishes specific to Africa. Maybe even Indian experiments with home-cooking of Indian dishes in the absence of essentials like mustard oil and black cumin seeds and so on.
So much for now, which may already be too long (I hope not, though)!
I am an expatriate Indian housewife residing in Durban. Your magazine is touching chord with me especially when I hear and read people talking about Durban from an expatriate Indian point of view. My favourites so far have been the story narration and listening to a hindi short story after a long time reminded me of All India Radio days. I would like to congratulate all of you for that. I also quite enjoyed the article on Feng Shui in the september issue and the Mudras article in the previous issues. However, I would like to suggest that since the magazine is called Indians4Africa, your magazine must cover more countries and cities within africa. I would also like to have see recipes articles more often and if you can add articles on household tips, it would really make the magazine more attractive for housemakers like me.