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Day 9 - Discovering Africa

Week 2 | Day 9 | 25th August 2009


Today was Boxing Day! No ... No ... I don't mean the British Holiday ... Just simple good-old-boxing. Works wonders for my arms and anger management *wink*. No, seriously it's a great stress buster. It can help burn oodles of weight and result in toned arms, legs and stomach. I wish I looked half as good as this pretty lady in the picture, though.


Today we had sprouted Kala Channa (Black Chickpeas) with Spring Onions, Cherry Tomato, Boiled Corn/Beans, Edamame and Peanuts sprinkled with chaat masala along with our usual salad (with chicken breast-strips for hubby). I shouldn't even have to mention the Spicy-Yogurt drink any more; we have it daily.

Movie & Philosophy

Yesterday I saw another one of Meryl Streep's movies - Out of Africa (1985). I simply adore her. She is so good at her craft. It's unbelievable. She plays the role of a Danish Baroness who moves to Africa, gets married and starts a coffee plantation. All the movies that I have seen or the books I have read about that country makes me wonder if that place is really that mystic and exotic. They have unique traditions and rituals. They have gone through poverty and slavery. It's still one place on earth which hasn't quite-gotten-up-on-it's-own-feet-yet. It has so much pain and so much beauty. Having never been there, I reluctantly assume it's a paradise full of contradictions!

by Emily Dibb
When you’ve acquired a taste for dust,
The scent of our first rain,
You’re hooked for life on Africa
And you’ll not be right again
Till you can watch the setting moon
And hear the jackals bark
And know that they’re around you,
Waiting in the dark.
When you long to see the Elephants,
Or to hear the coucal’s song,
When the moonrise sets your blood on fire,
You’ve been away too long.
It’s time to cut the traces loose
And let you’re heart go free
Beyond that far horizon,
Where your spirit yearns to be