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Best read this year October 18, 2010

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So far anyways. I recommended this book a while back. But the more I think about it , the more I feel saying so little is a disservice. I feel Ariel Leve’s Memoir needs to have a separate posting. Its one of the most interesting reads I have come across this year.Yeah , better than the ” Black Swan”.  May be because the only thing I have read afterwards is Charles Darwin’s Biography :). Anyhow,  Ariel writes about her everyday encounters and frustrations. I share most of them except for her constant worrying.

Here is an excerpt.

“Mostly, I’m looking forward to turning ninety. Here’s why. All the moments I ‘ve had to seize will be behind me. The pressure to have taken advantage of new opportunities will be off and just getting through the day will be considered an achievement. I ‘ll have the same outlook I have now-but no-one will mind. And when someone asks me, ” what’s up?” I can reply ,’ Dinner.'”

 ” It could be worse , You could be me” should make your list.


Small hearts -Big hearts October 8, 2010

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We are driving back from one of the travels . We usually leave early in the morning and pack some bananas and sandwiches for lunch. Everyone is pretty hungry by the time we made it back to the closest decent restaurant. We are having the usual arguments:  who will eat what and everyone should have their own orders and no one is allowed to share …etcetera ..etcetera

Usually am the quietly listening person in some corner of the car. Discussions over sharing took me back to what happened on the field.











It hasn’t rained in three years. The last green leaf you see is miles and miles away.  Most of them have sent their children to near by countries. The children work in small jobs and send back some money. A kilo of sorghum costs 6 birr and that’s all the family can afford. It’s just too little to make a flour out of so they eat it roasted. That’s the only thing they will have all day.

As I was talking to the person she started eating on the roasted sorghum and invited me  ” Can we share this together?”