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  • tea, salt, and teranga

  • Grace of Black Panther: Spirit, Self and the Shaman in the Mother Continent

  • The Path through the Forest to Our Soul

  • Greece Finally Ends its Bailout Phase: Many Questions Remain about Future of Economy

  • Eliminating Caste System, Communal Fascism, Patriarchy, and Neo-Liberalism: Does Neo-Dalit Movement Provide an Answer?

  • Sir VS Naipaul: A Literary Giant; an Apparent Bundle of Contradictions

tea, salt, and teranga

Reading Time: 8 minutesNot all salt harvesters are held in equal esteem. As in many economically-challenged zones across the world, outside Dakar, in the shallow basin of Senegal’s Lac Rose, salt workers labour under the unrelenting heat of the dry-season sun, earning a pittance compared to the sums received by the package-marketers of the salt they produce.  Children […]

Notes on Translating Poems of Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino into English

Reading Time: 7 minutesEvery language has its own qualities, not only in the poetic or linguistic sense, but also in the manner in which through the uniqueness of that language, the speakers of the language interpret its history and express their reality. In translating a poet like Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino, one has to be aware that he […]

The Music of Dionysus in Adaptation by Soyinka of the Bacchae and Mukta-dhara by Tagore

Reading Time: 12 minutesTirthankar’s interesting research paper focusses on Soyinka’s adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripides and seeks to reread this play alongside Mukta-dhara (‘Free Current’) by Tagore. The author of the famous poem on Africa in Bengali, in which the Indian poet resents the colonial oppression of the African people, Tagore did not live to witness the […]

The Challenges of Working in Africa

Reading Time: 4 minutesPreeyan tells us about the challenges of relocating to work abroad, particularly in Africa. He cautions that if you are moving to a country in Africa you expect what you see on TV, but for any country it is not the case. A Different Truths exclusive for the Special Issue on Africa. Your job can […]

My Little King, A-Wooo

Reading Time: 11 minutesDr. Tzemin tells us a story of the biggest bull in the village, A-Wooo, fit to lead the herd of the cattle. How it became a king, was lost. Could the police find it? A Different Truths exclusive for the Africa Special Issue. If you have been to the south along this road, you will […]

Locked with Lantern and a Good Luck

Reading Time: 11 minutesAtrayee tells us an intriguing story about a NGC team, caught in the Eritrean-Ethiopian conflict and a kidnapping. What happened to Twisha? Here’s a literary thriller, exclusively for Different Truths, for the Africa Special Issue. Is it night already? So soon! The trace of daylight that has been permeating through that precarious locked door suddenly […]

Grace of Black Panther: Spirit, Self and the Shaman in the Mother Continent

Reading Time: 10 minutesIt is a source of boundless energy and power that an animal totem like the panther represents. Shamans of the world intuit that secret. Let us journey into the heart of Africa where that elemental vibration of life can be sensed by those who are ready to leave their mundane mind and its humdrum reality […]

Togo: The Largest Voodoo Market in the World

Reading Time: 3 minutesTogo’s capital city of Lomé is the birthplace of the largest Voodoo market in the world – a kind of super supply store for fetishes, charms and anything else one might need for a ritual. It is known as the Akodessewa Fetish Market. Practitioners from all over the African continent travel here in search of […]

Dandora Dumpsite is a Bedroom for the Urban Poor in Nairobi

Reading Time: 5 minutesDandora is the biggest dumpsite in Nairobi, an estate littered with dirt and overflowing sewers pouring into the drainage system. For most though, it is the high level of crime, thanks to the jobless youth, who idle in the area, youth who strike fear in residents, even in broad daylight. It is a lifeline for hundreds […]

The Magical Mystery of Enigmatic and Enchanting East Africa

Reading Time: 11 minutesNayna takes us on a tour of two East African countries, Tanzania and Rawanda. She tells us the wondrous tales of a world heritage site, Stone Town, in Zanzibar, the largest national parks, including Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and camping under the open sky, in tents, in Tanzania. Kigali, a very pretty hill station; the Akagera […]