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Showing posts from March 16, 2014


Abiosh Nicol, Sierra Leone (1924 - 1994) Characters Bola (A Widow) Asi (Bola's Granddaughter) Meji (Bola's 7th son who is Bola's 6th son's rebirth) - 30 Years Old. Works in the city 90 miles away from home. He has a  BLACK MARK ON HIS LEFT BUTTOCK Musa (Magician) - Muslim Mrs Meji (She comes to Kumansenu to deliver the news of her husband's death) Mr Addai This story based on magic realism shows the power of love and the sweetness of life. It captures the gratitude of the children toward their parents.  Bola is a widow who lives with her granddaughter Asi. She gave birth to six sons, but unfortunately, all of them died. When the last son dies, the village magician Musa advises Bola to break the bones of the dead child and mangle (mutilate) it so that he could not come to torment her (Unbearable physical pain). However, her heart didn't allow her to do so and then makes a black mark on the buttock of her sixth


Sarena Nanda, USA This essay is written by Serena Nanda. She is a professor of Anthropology  ( The social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings )  in a college in New York. In this essay, Nanda describes the beliefs of the Indian natives on how marriage should be.  Nanda studied about Indian marriages and how the parents are the ones to choose the bride or bridegroom. At first Nanda was against this but after researching and interviewing different people and friends she had doubts. Nanda found out many interesting point that made sense to her of why arranging a marriage was not as bad as she thought. In India, almost all marriages are arranged. They base their marriage on commitment, not on feelings. As their marriage progresses, the feelings develop.  Arranged marriages in Indian society have been the norm for many centuries. Serena asked a young college graduate who was in the proc