August 31, 2014

In the fairy-tale forest of Altenberg lived a handsome prince. One hot summer day, a beautiful African princess wandered through the forest, chasing butterflies that landed on wild daisies. Now and then she would stop to play on the edge of beautifully running stream. Curiosity led her into thickest part of the forest. Then, she…

August 15, 2014

Idea is born A photo by Paulo Coelho from one of his Saturday walks had a caption “Nature teaches more than philosophical books”. That is what exactly happened during a walk I took in the Fairy Tale Forest of Altenberg, Germany. It was Sunday, 25 May 2014. As we disappeared into the thick enchanting forest,…

August 8, 2014

Njiwa upelekaye salamu subira leo imeniisha. Kabla hujaleta jibu namfuata mpokea salamu. Si barua wala ujumbe hoja yangu nimtie machoni. Muhibu huyu ameninata kama asali changa ya Singida. Sura yake imenipagaza maruhani wapigwa butwaa. Kaka huyu ananipa shauku madaha ya Tanga yameniisha. Mwendo wake maridadi bingwa wa utanashati. Nazaa ya kike imeniisha utawa leo kwangu…

August 1, 2014

I am not an expert on politics, neither do I intend to be. I avoid discussing it. My acquaintance with it is through the media. I no longer watch the TV news. Most news is sad. It makes me teary and helpless. Every fighting side has a reality that is possibly greyed with truth and…

July 31, 2014

It was an extra warm July. The first berries of summer season were ripening. It was delightful to anticipate the picking and relishing; or harvesting for beautiful arrangements. However, some berries were meant to be admired from afar. She: Look at those berries. They are beautiful. Him: And poisonous. She: What are they called? Him:…

July 19, 2014

As much as one would love to keep a record of smooth sailings in life, fortunately the road is full of twists and turns. Whether it is personal or global humanitarian crises, you will have a share of yours to weep for. Those trying moments teach us to desire greatness in ourselves and wider humanity….

July 14, 2014

Authors in Africa (AiA) created a forum on a very important subject that all authors are a part of – PUBLISHING. I was asked to participate in the discussion as it is a crucial issue, especially in Africa. But does traditional publishing still have a special place in this field? Is an author that is…

June 30, 2014

Lavender, or better the almighty lavender as I have come to name this flowering plant has many uses including essential oils, medical and culinary. Lavender oil alone has over 20 ways of usage. I am also fond of this plant, perhaps due to another reason. Purple is one of my favourite colours. It is an…

June 20, 2014

A single rose has become my garden. The birthday gift from my beloved got monumental at Vienna Volksgarten (People’s Park). The park stands out on one thing, and that’s its dedication to roses – with hundreds of species of rose shrubs, bushes and climbers. The garden was originally destined to be enjoyed solely by the…

June 15, 2014

Usimeze maneno yako, kaka mtanashati, Ruhusa nakupa, siku ya rehema Jumapili, Leo nitafurahi, kusikia ya mtima wako, Nakubali wito wako, nitamkie hisia zako. Sogea karibu nami, nipe busu la mkono, Haya isikukweze, nieleze yako mahaba, Siri haina nafasi, leo miye kipenzi chako, Nakubali wito wako, nitamkie hisia zako. Karibu usiogope, fichua ya moyoni mwako, Moyo…