Here is your "must-read" for today!
It's an article by Melissa de Villiers about my friend, Binyavanga Wainaina, which appears in the Sunday edition of Times Live!
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to grow up gifted in Africa, Bin's new book is the next-best thing to having been there!
Here's a snippet of Melissa's piece:
"From boarding school exam fever to black-mamba bicycle bells, from suburban hair salons to Nairobi sidewalks full of "sweet talk and hustle", his book depicts ordinary lives playing out in quotidian environments that nonetheless brim with ideas, innovation and idiosyncratic dreams.
The book took Wainaina seven years to write. "I was trying to do something new and adventurous with the language I was using," he tells me down a crackly telephone line from London. "I wanted to create a vehicle that captured the imagination of childhood. And it took me a long time before I understood that playing around with the language was actually at the heart of what the book was about.""
Now, read the complete article.
The world certainly is changing fast!
We call them Cell Phones, tech-savvy call them "smartphones" - users everywhere else on the planet call them MOBILE phones! They use them as personal as well as business communication devices. They even BANK via phone!