Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:52

Individual Contributors

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Asian Foundation Chandaria Foundation Desai Memorial Foundation Dharam Ghai Fatma Alloo Giro Commercial Bank Hindpal Jabbal H S Mangat Mohez Karmali Premchandbhai Foundation Rattansi Educational Trust Shehin Hirani Tom Maliti Yash Ghai and Jill Cottrell Ghai Anver Jeevanjee
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:29

Footsteps

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Kantilal Punamchand ShahBy AwaaZ KP Shah Better known as ‘KP Shah’, was a stalwart Kenyan politician and a highly respected businessman whose trademark symbol was his `Bania` style traditional black cap and high-collar buttoned up jacket. He passed away on Thursday, 24 February, 2011 in London where he had been living in retirement for many years and was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium three days later. The funeral reflected his belief in the natural law (as opposed to organised religion), as well as his humility, serenity, dignity and elegance.KP Shah was born in Dhichada (near Jamnagar), India, on 25…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:27

A TASTE OF KENYAN COOKING

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A TASTE OF KENYAN COOKING By AwaaZ Author: Adil KarimbuxPubl: Kenway PublicationsFor some strange reason ‘men’ are not supposed to cook and the kitchen is the domain of the ‘woman’. But the Russians say that the kitchen belongs to whoever wants to eat. And we know that chefs in hotels and restaurants are largely male! And usually they are neither seen nor heard - all we do is taste their delicious culinary skills. So in AwaaZ we were delighted to receive the book ‘A taste of Kenyan cooking’ by Adil Karimbux for review. Many of us must have had the…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:26

RACE, RAIL AND SOCIETY

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RACE, RAIL AND SOCIETY Roots of Modern Kenya By Alnoor Amlani Author: Neera KapilaPubl: Kenway Publications, Nairobi, KenyaA foreign Baby no More?Taken the train to Mombasa lately? Not likely. Planes are more regular, faster and more reliable so hardly anyone takes the train these days. But the train is always an adventure – really always has been. An avid rail traveller told me about his most memorable trip only two years ago when an elephant was run over in the night. The poor creature died instantly and its body greased the rails and derailed the engine. The whole troop mourned…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:25

THE LAST BANANA Dancing with the Watu

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THE LAST BANANA Dancing with the Watu By Warris Vianni Author: Shelby TuckerPubl: Stacey International 288ppPerhaps, one day, an account might be written about the early Kikuyu settlers in England; enterprisingly, some of them might have taken up farming, tilling land abandoned by English farmers whose families had worked it for generations but who were finally defeated by the exhausting stream of directives issued by the new type of serekali sitting in Brussels. If this sounds outlandish, consider the reaction of the good people of Chaggaland in modern Tanzania at the beginning of the last century as they watched in…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:25

CANADIAN VOICES

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CANADIAN VOICES By AwaaZ Volume One An anthology of prose and poetry by emerging Canadian writersPubl: Bookland Presswww.booklandpress.comWe have recently read a few anthologies on different subjects and have come away reading material from writers who are already known in the literary circle.Perhaps some anthologies do require this ‘specialization’ to do justice to the subject matter. So we were delighted when we recently read Volume One of ‘CanadianVoices’ published by Bookland Press, Ontario, Canada. The anthology has given space to new and upcoming writers to be published for the first time which we are sure has encouraged them tremendously in…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:24

CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF

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CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF By John Sibi Okumu Author: Nelson MandelaPubl: Macmillan, 454ppAlthough Conversations with Myself is the latest offering from what can be called, with some justification, the Nelson Mandela Mythology Factory, it is an extremely good starting point from which to set about a literary quest for a man many believe to be the Greatest Living Human Being. Witness the panic that was unleashed when the old man was hospitalised for a few days in late January.An added bonus is the Supplementary Information given at the end of the book, with appendices including a timeline and short biographies and…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:24

INTO THE DIASPORA WILDERNESS

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INTO THE DIASPORA WILDERNESS By AwaaZ Author: Selma CarvalhoPubl: Goa, 1556 Trust and Broadway Publishing House, IndiaWhen we holidayed in Goa, that small state on the western coast of India, some years ago we had to constantly remind ourselves that we were still in India. It was thenone of the states with the highest per capita income in India. Away from the madding crowd with its pristine beaches, leisurely pace and its distinct culture; it was so ‘idyllic’. And the Goan friends we know, and have grown up with in Mombasa, further augmented our impression of a quiet, easy-going, trustworthy…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:23

CHANTING DENIED SHORES

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CHANTING DENIED SHORES By Zubair Kassam Author: Tariq MalikPubl: Bayeux ArtsOn May 23, 1914, a ship carrying 376 Indians, predominantly Sikhs, arrived at the Port of Vancouver via Japan. The passengers of the Komagata Maru were denied entryinto Canada on two grounds: passengers did not have the $200 required to enter British Columbia and the ship had not sailed directly from India to Canada. After a twomonth legal battle, the ship and all but 38 of its passengers were forced to leave Canadian waters and set sail for Calcutta, where, upon arrival, 20 passengers were killed in a shooting exchange…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:22

MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

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MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE By Priscilla Nyokabi Kanyua Editors: Prof. Yash Pal Ghai and JillCottrellPubl: Routledge – A GlassHouse BookReviewer: Priscilla Nyokabi Kanyua,Executive Director, Kituo Cha SheriaAt a time when Kenya is celebrating the New Constitution and its promulgation on 27 August, 2010 and getting into the harder task of implementation; the book Marginalised Communities and Access to Justice (hereinafter referred to as the Book) edited by Yash Ghai and Jill Cottrell makes good reading and is a useful tool for human rights actors especially working in organizations dealing with the rights of minorities and the marginalised. I…
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