On my mind are the fragrances that used to converge and which increased their volume of scent as Christmas approached.

They included the hunger pang-generating aroma from the cooking chapatis, and the pungent smoke odour from the paraffin jikos which were brought back to use after resting for a whole year since the last Christmas.

This thought has been provoked by the book entitled, “Song of Lawino” by Okot p’Bitek, when the speaker says:

“When the beautiful one, with whom I share my husband, returns from cooking her hair, she resembles a chicken.”

Over and above that part of sharing the husband, my mind notes the irony that the so called beautiful one is equated to a chicken. It remembers, by the way that “Irony” is a form of literally style, just like Satire, Metaphor, Simile, and Metonymy; but that’s a story for another day. Continue Reading "Fragrances Of Christmas"

Wearing masks come with several other advantages besides acting as a physical barrier to protect from potentially harmful germs, chemicals and dust that float around in the air;

As a start, those of us who have ugly, scarecrow faces are wallowing in the luxury of the mask; we are now excelling when people confuse us with the handsome likes of Diamond Platnumz, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and Will Smith.

Secondly, the probability increases of attracting Continue Reading "Advantages Of Wearing A Mask"

Not too many years ago, we would go to watch movies on a mobile big screen, courtesy of the Kenya Film Corporation and Factual Films Ltd.

It would be a big screen mounted on an open ground where we would congregate in hundreds to watch movies, starting at 7.00pm sharp up to 9.00 pm sharp, and translated into Kiswahili.

These open field Cinema shows were, however, not devoid of sideshows and thrills;

One would be lucky if they did not go back home wearing an awful smell because their faces, or clothes, were smacked with rotten eggs that were thrown all over the place during the course of the film-show. Sometimes the shells of the rotten eggs broke in the pockets, the result being that these egg-missile carriers would have a taste of their own medicine. Continue Reading "The Evolution Of Access To Cinema In Kenyan"

The following was the encounter when I attended a wedding reception ceremony sometime back:

First and foremost, the food was served after an over-extended Church service and the worms were noisily scrambling for any food left-overs in the stomach juices.

Secondly, I was so hungry I could have swallowed a whole rabbit in one gulp.

Thirdly, we were told it was free seating. One could sit under any tent, wherever they wished.

And so almost immediately after I sat, the food was served, starting from those who were in front and nearest to the food-containing sufurias.

The food, however, got finished before it got to my table.

This was followed by a round of sumptuously smelling roast-goat meat. Continue Reading "Tribulations At A Wedding Reception Ceremony"

Way back during the times before internet, email and social media, a lot of ingenuity went into composing romantic letters and ensuring that they reached the intended recipient.

Despite not caring about the broken English and the many weeks, and sometimes months, that it took for the letter to reach the intended addressee, there was lots of thrill, and love, that was packaged in these letters, as exemplified here below:

“My dearest Abigail Mueni, sweetie,
with many love in my heart,
I pick my golden pen
from the basket of love
to write you this letter.

You are my first thought
in the morning
and I hold you
in my last breathe
as I go to sleep.
I hope this letter meet you
physically healthy,
spiritually receptivated,
and emotionally adaptivated. Continue Reading "The Agony of Romancing during the Snail Mail Times"

The old adage says, “An honest fundi is hard to find; the only honest fundi is a kinyozi, aka barber”.

This saying most probably considers barbers to be reliable and honest because they can not shave the head halfway and then ask the shavee *pun intended* to leave and come tomorrow for a shaving of the second half of the head.

A second reason why barbers probably pass the honesty test is because clients can not leave their heads with them;

because if they did, they would most probably find the heads not shaven and would have to walk around headless for as long as the head was with the barber.

This sets barbers apart as the only craftspeople, or fundis, who meet their end of the bargain, which is completing the job within the agreed time. Continue Reading "The Only Honest Craftsmen Alive"