Monday, November 16, 2015

I'm Back!

By: Mrs Bichan
Location: In the Library
Genre:  Be the change...

What a journey I  have had. Four different nations in six weeks. Each different, each unique, each one with its own powerful story to tell. Each nation I reckon can be defined by what you eat in it and what you read there. Australia I had an amazing steak, cooked on my own on the restaurants BBQ, self sufficient, hardy and just like Bryce Courtney s characters in The Potato Factory. 
South Africa on the other hand is another story. The range of food is amazing but the seafood is the best, it is beautifully cooked, flavorsome and tender. Nothing in my mind beats a Pamela Joost novel, it is well crafted, tender and leaves you wanting more. 
Tanzania- the food is not great, these people live in tough places and the staple diet is Ugali, a stiff dough made from cassava flour.  It is tasteless. I did not find any books written by Tanzanian authors, I hope one day there will be some as sweet as the local ndizi- banana's, So we made and gifted  two libraries so there diet of literature could be improved and the the flavor of learning and knowledge  enhanced. We have sprinkled the spice of words through books in Magugu and Arusha, and we hope that the libraries we have left behind creates a deep appetite for the love of reading.
India, the spices, the curries, the tastes, the smells. I even think I will get India takeaways tonight- I just want more of that food! The problem is that in New Zealand our spices are old and stale and the food just does not have the vibrancy of the real deal. I reckon Indian writing is becoming as spicy and deep as its food, the huge increase in authors churning our meaningful literature there is amazing and nothing beats the Indian Times. That newspaper is so eloquent, so intensely written, brash, humerus, and leaves you wanting more.. just like curry! Here is an extract
If you are watching computer-generated mayhem in the latest action film or scrolling rapidly on your smartphone, you may start to feel a little off. Maybe it is a dull headache or dizziness or creeping nausea. And no, it is not something you ate. 
A peculiar side effect of the 21st century is something called digital motion sickness or cybersickness. Increasingly common, according to medical and media experts, it causes a person to feel woozy, as if on a boat in a churning sea, from viewing moving digital content.
Cool isnt it...

Anyway here are a few photos of the libraries from start to finish!

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