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    South Africa’s Apartheid – Etymology

    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 word “Hood” (which means a condition or state of being).

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    After the Battle (2012)

    After reading the description, I had big expectations for this Egyptian film “After the Battle”. The last Egyptian movie I saw was “Fawzia’s Secret Recipe” The story is about what happened after the Tahrir Square uprising in 2011. It is about a young female reporter in Cairo who is interested to find the motivation behind the horse riders in the ancient village of Nazlet (where Pyramids are everywhere) participating against the revolutionaries at Tahrir Square. The story covers various topics – Women rights in Egypt, The free press, the people (Urban Middle Class) behind the revolution & the poor plight of Horse riders around the pyramid due to the construction…

  • Movie Review

    The Last King of Scotland (2006)

    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 events of Idi Amin’s rule. Nice to watch.