Friday, February 18, 2011

Coffee Crusades - part two

It has been a while and during the time, we have been to three other coffee shops (I have been getting lazy to write again, much to Dot’s dismay). Already our focus has increased to bakeries and cafes that aren’t coffee shops per se but serve coffee, due to the invisible coffee shop policy that states that all coffee shops in Pretoria must close at 5pm on weekdays. So going back to three weeks ago, it was my turn to choose, and after much ‘googling’ and reading (not during work time, I promise), I decided that it was about time that I visit the Harrie's Pancakes in Pretoria. I say I and not WE because Dot had not heard of Harrie's before, and I was beginning to wonder how far their popularity really went.

Friday, February 4, 2011

An excerpt from one of Dot and Zar’s conversations: ‘Terrible impacts of tribalism in Kenya’

Dot and I were having an email conversation about this guy she just met from Kenya and on their first conversation he asked her about the tribe she comes from, at which point she flipped. Being a South African Indian I explained to her that in many cases it is a point of departure for getting to know more about a person and trying to find perhaps people or places in common.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Revolutionary time by Africans for Africans

Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the Million March protest on Tuesday 01 February 2011.
Image courtesy of Al Jazeera. net  

For the last one and half weeks, i have sat on my couch and flipped through every news channel on satellite TV yearning for more news about the revolution that is taking place in North Africa. As a person who is highly interested in current affairs and politics, it has been quite fascinating to have real time updates on the situation. First it was Tunisia, then Egypt and now the Jordanian monarch has fired the government before any more rioting takes place.