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Arab Spring

The Good The Bad The Hunger Games

It feels as though I’ve been away from my desk forever. In reality, it’s only been 3 and half months. Summer has seen busy days and for once, heaps of sunshine. Emotionally it’s been a yo-yo – I celebrated Eid in Durban after a decade, I am coming to terms with having grown-up children and I’m still struggling to deal with the loss of Aziz Hassim, a close friend and invaluable writing mentor.

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Aziz Hassim 1935- 2013. A dear friend & mentor.


I read somewhere that we tend to over-plan for a year but under-plan for a decade. While I generally avoid planning – unless it’s a plot-line for a story - this got me thinking to stop looking at the past 10 months and instead, look at life in a larger chunk. Maha at least, has had some milestones…

There is an extract from
The Story of Maha in Professor Rajendra Chetty’s The Vintage Book of South African Indian Writing – an anthology commissioned as part of the1860 celebrations in 2010. It contains works of fiction and non-fiction by the likes of Fatima Meer, Ronnie Govender and Aziz Hassim. So I am happy that a slice of Maha’s life sits in fab company.

Bits and pieces of her also can be found, in Rajend Mesthrie’s
Dictionary of South African Indian English. Yes, incredibly, Chaarous now have their own dictionary.

And in 2012 – in keeping with the times,
The Story of Maha and Maha, Ever After went digital. 2012 also saw the birth of my website and Twitter Account. Which reminds me that I must remember to blog more regularly.

I’m still not totally sold on tweeting, Arab Spring notwithstanding. This total disinterest in keeping the world informed of my actions and thoughts reminds me that I am far from young and trendy and still feel weird conducting myself in the public domain.

While the year may not have seen much writing – I have gleefully engaged in other bibliophilic activities – like reading and reading some more. I rounded up this reading spree with a 3 day Hunger Games Fest.

I know it’s a series written for teens but I do not believe grown-ups are barred from children’s literature. Besides, it’s a great story to sink into, with characters you want to root for. Think George Orwell crossed with the concept of reality TV.

It is also a sobering reflection of our World – with its imbalances and echoes of Panem et Circensus. But
our world, in spite of the madness and mayhem, is thankfully larger than the dystopian Panem - and so is our hope. Winter may be coming to London, but still - it aint that bad.

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