Valentine

“To witness the birth of a child is our best opportunity to experience the meaning of the word miracle.” Paul Carvel She was conceived on, or about Valentine’s day1. I thought to suggest the name Valentine to the mother but dropped the idea. Perhaps she had gotten one from the last pages of the Oxford dictionary. Or her aunties had picked a fancy, 21st-century name. One that would have her blush when boys winkingly state “that is such a cute name.” Or a sentimental one reminding her of her mother, or sister. Perhaps the father came home with half a … Continue reading Valentine

19 in ’19

“Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?” Jane Austen in a letter to Cassandra. This is not a post about taking stock of the year that has been. November is still making its impressions on us, but I thought to chronicle a few random thoughts about the last teen- aged year of this century. Schooling: I finished my fourth academic year. I am a few months into my fifth year of study. If Nairobi River got cleaner with every “when are you graduating…kwani you are still in school” question I have answered, it would be burbling … Continue reading 19 in ’19

PINK PERFECT

“I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.” Hippocratic Oath.   “Sugar?” “Sugar.” I echo as I pass him the sugar bowl. He catches the twinkle in my eyes and smiles. While operating in the theatre and performing other medical procedures, the assistant repeats what the lead had asked for as they give it. His interest is piqued by the pink ribbon on my lapel. “What does the pink ribbon mean to you Ivan?” He asks while stirring his cup … Continue reading PINK PERFECT

Phil Medici Episode 5: Katoto Daktari

(Hey guys! Welcome to my WordPress Channel :-). It’s more than a month since I posted the next chapter on the Phil Medici series (my bad), but here is the 5th Episode. Catch the last chapter here if you missed it. Good to have you here.) “A lone man walks out of the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) University way branch. He is in a grey suit, a 2-piece one. He squints in response to the bright light he steps into but maintains his strides towards the gate opening to the University way.” “Tie? Is he in a tie?” Lyne interrupts my enthusiastic … Continue reading Phil Medici Episode 5: Katoto Daktari

Cimex lectularis

“Comraaades power!” The student leader chants. “Comrades power!” The reply resounds across the Mboya Hall (Hall 9), echoing on the chambers of Halls 4 and 5. It makes the cutlery jingle in the adjacent Students Centre, and sends a chilly shiver down the spines of the officers at the Students Welfare Headquarters. The birds tweeting in the trees nearby perform a flypast, cheekily anointing a few heads with their poo. This is at the infamous “Freedom corner” at the University of Nairobi’s Main campus. If one would listen more closely though, they would have heard a chirping; a shrill reply … Continue reading Cimex lectularis

September Literary Week

I am relatively a newbie to the literary community in the city, and in its charm, the city is in a way showing off what it is capable of literary-wise. It is struggling to hold up all the events it has heaped on its shoulders. But to be fair to it, it hasn’t uttered a groan but is keeping a big smile on its face. At the centre of it all is the Nairobi International Book Fair. All other events seem to branch out from this stem. It is in its 22nd edition, running from 26th to 30th September at … Continue reading September Literary Week