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Pregs Govender remembers Deepavali PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 October 2016 17:59

KZN Literary Tourism wishes our Hindu followers a bright and beautiful Diwali/Deepawali. In honour of the festival, here is an extract from Pregs Govender’s Love and Courage: A Story of Insubordination. In this extract she recalls her childhood memories of the festival of lights.


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For Deepawali, Ma soaked and ground dhal, chillies and dhania, and spent ages rolling the mixture into a paste with a stone shaped like a rolling pin over a grinding stone. She shaped it into flat circles with a hole in the centre and fried them into tasty, crisp vaddhas. She sat painstakingly folding samoosas before frying them, and made rotis and sweetmeats like polys (coconut-filled pastries), goolgoolas (round balls of sweetened dough), and my favourite, goolab jamun, made from condensed milk and flour.

We woke early on Deepawali day and had our routine 'oil bath', with Ma pouring castor oil into our eyes, coconut oil on our heads and sweet oil into our ears before our bath. I hated the smell of castor oil; Ma gave us a tablespoonful to drink with an orange to wash down the taste. At night we filled the clay lamps with oil and rolled cotton wool into wicks. We helped Ma place them outside on our windowsills before she lit them. All over Durban the lamps on windowsills lit up the darkness during the 'festival of lights'. When the inevitable thunderstorm broke, the rain steamed off hot tarred roads and the lamps were whisked indoors.

One of my most memorable and colourful Deepawalis began with a fight between my parents over the big box of fireworks that Dad had bought. Ma berated him for his extravagance throughout the drive to the beach. Once there, Dad placed the box on the bonnet of his car. Somehow a spark got into the box and resulted in a spectacular display of fireworks going off simultaneously in all directions. We were treated to a glorious cacophony of sound and kaleidoscope of colour that drowned out my mother's complaints (31 - 32).





Lindy Stiebel to appear at Essence Festival PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 October 2016 19:42

 

KZN Literary Tourism project leader, Lindy Stiebel, will be speaking at the eThekwini Municipality-funded Essence Festival.

 

Date: 11 November 2016

Time: 10am -11am

Venue: Durban ICC

 

About the Speaker:

Lindy Stiebel is a Professor Emeritus of English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has published on South African popular fiction, nineteenth-century empire writing and mapping, and gender studies. Her latest book is Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing, which she co-authored with Michael Chapman.

 

About the Festival:

The Essence Festival Durban will follow the format of the annual New Orleans event, presenting international performers and speakers to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts. With nearly 500,000 annual attendees, the Essence Festival in New Orleans is an institution of reverence for black culture. The Essence Festival in Durban will connect global communities of women, establishing an international forum of love and celebration of black culture.




Launch of Pamela Power's "Things Unseen" PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:29

We are excited to learn that KZN Literary Tourism author, Pamela Power, will be launching her new book, Things Unseen, on 4 November. Power was born in Pietermaritzburg. She is the talented force behind Ms Conception.

 




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