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What a movie this was! I had a great time watching the South African comedy, The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), starring Marius Weyers as Andrew Steyn and Sandra Prinsloo as Kate Thompson. One day an (ordinary) coco-cola glass bottle gets thrown down from a low flying aeroplane into the lands of Kalahari desert. There Xi and his San tribe of bushmen who live there find it. These people have no contact with the outside world and so, they get baffled with the fallen object and regard it as a God’s gift to them. The bushmen have no concept of individual…

Reading an article in The Economist about the state of affairs in #SouthAfrica, it occurred to me that the word apartheid, meaning of which we all know, could’ve been a combination of two simple words – apart and heid. “Apart” meaning is well known. “Heid”, I guessed was a form of “herd” like in “they were herded into a bus”. The full word was to mean “to keep the herds apart”. Looking up the etymology for the word Apartheid, I have guessed almost correct. The word comes from Afrikaans, roots of which are from the Dutch word “Apart” and English…

The movie (The Last King of Scotland) was about the Late Uganda Military Ruler Idi Amin and the friendship with a young Scotland doctor who comes to Uganda to help in an NGO. The doctor initially reluctant to take the President’s Physician job, then get lured by the benefits and status it provides and soon becomes Amin’s trusted adviser – little did he know that closeness to power centres are always a double-edged sword. The movie depicts the doctor’s emotional dilemma between his Western Principals and friendship with the President. It doesn’t attempt to be a historic record of all…