Volume 18, Issue 3, 2021

But again in transit

Mythic creatures mix – as in our minds. Black lotuses and blue ancestors – Just as the family album now mirrors. Faces, like our options, One above the other, in totem, Also, not solution, only conun- drum. These meditations companions On a journey that for us May end, not in a terminus, But…


Regular column

J M Nazareth remembered

London Calling Special I have been re-reading J M Nazareth`s `Brown Man Black Country: A Peep into Kenya`s freedom struggle`.  It is more like a political memoir than a straight autobiography, though inevitably interspersed with snippets of his personal life and professional career. He had begun the project in 1971 and completed it in 1975, but some six years elapsed before the book was published in 1981 – in its original form, but with a short Postscript added in 1980. At the time of writing, he was much exercised about the Kenya government`s Africanisation policy, its accompanying rhetoric and practical implementation.  We will come to that…

Special Feature

Who is a political prisoner? Time to define one

THERE has been a great deal of anguish, angst and anger expressed at the death of Stanislaus Lourduswamy (1937–2021), popularly known as Stan Swamy, an Indian Roman Catholic priest, a member of the Jesuit order, and a tribal rights activist for many decades. Swamy was the oldest person to be accused of terrorism in India. His supporters say that his death was hastened by the conditions…


This is the second in a series of articles on the development of football in Kenya first published in ‘Kickoff – The Game, The Glory and Greats of Kenyan Football’ by Roy Gachuhi – courtesy of the Kenya Yearbook Editorial Board. Published in 2018 it is an invaluable addition to the trove of the history of Kenyan Football. The first article on ‘The Gossage Cup’ was published in…

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Book & Film Reviews

Skater Girl

Director:  Manjari MakijanyLanguage: Hindi (with English subtitles)  Country: IndiaGenre: Sports DramaRunning Time: 107 minutesReleased by Netflix in June 2021 Initially titled the Desert Dolphin, theSkater Girl is a coming-of-age story.…

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