Vegetarians vs The Meat Crew

Cuisine or food? The feud between vegetarians and meat lovers is not necessary because we all food.  You got that right, we all food. The term cuisine is not appropriate for this piece though, because it is art food, with carrots cut in a ballerina way and nectarine slices placed chain-like on the plate. It’s not a matter of us and them.It is ending the life of a cucumber or rabbit so that we can eat.People don’t eat meat for a variety of reasons: religion, how animals are raised and how they are prepared for slaughter and subsequent marketing.It should also be noted that there are many people around the world who eat meat for religious reasons and even offer it to their gods. Beetroot, broccoli, yams and spinach routinely lose their life to make a vegetarian meal.They lived happily in the soil until someone harvested them for the supermarket or farmer’s pot. Moral superiority.Vegetarians cannot claim that their choice is morally superior because they eat dead veggies.Equally, meat lovers…

Smell in Zulu

Smelling in Zulu is -nuka.It depends on the context, because it is used for both good and bad smell. I once overheard a man on his phone at the Toronto Public Library saying his girlfriend had an offensive smell.What is also sad is when somebody is wrongly accused: she has been smelled, u-nu-ki-we. The smell from the oven or pots on the stove makes the family and visitors happy.Lovers call each other names, when love flies out of the window.A president who killed the last dictator might smell a rat that he might be overthrown or killed, himself.

We wash, use roll-on and spray some perfume and cologne because our bodies have natural odours. Putting your hand on your nose when you see food from other cultures is bad, but closing your eyes and smiling at foreign cuisine is good.

Nu-ka.The first part is pronounced as is ‘bienvenue’, a French word.The second part is pronounced as in the Indian word kamala.

ZULU ENGLISH Kwa-nuka ka-mnandi. Something smells good. U-mama u-bhaka i-si-nkwa. Mother is…

Cash As Back-Up

Cash is still king. We were reminded of that last week, when technology went berserk and did not accept debit and credit cards.

The line for breakfast was long: writers like me taking a break from the writer’s block, teens backpacking in Canada, parents with kids in strollers, construction workers in their lime vests, health aide workers with people with disabilities, and pensioners taking themselves out for breakfast. “Cash only please.We are trying to fix the system,” said the cashier.

I had a $20 bill on me, a miracle if you ask me.Some breakfasters left the line to rummage through their handbags for coins and dollar bills.Others sat at nearby tables waiting for the restaurant to fix the electronic bug.Some parents removed certain items from their trays, causing kids to pout and holler.

The scene reminded me of my cash only friend who did not have a credit card for a long time, despite offers from several banks. He sent his kids to school and did everything for his family using cash mo…

Dinner Tables and Inequality

The sun and moon are circles.
There are no country flags billowing on them because they belong to all of us.This doesn’t mean that politicians are not scheming behind closed doors to cut them up into blue, red, green, black, and purple flags, to form the United Nations of the Sun and the United Nations of the Moon. There is no equality in tables because most of them are rectangular: the dinner table at home and the boardroom table at the office.

There is something called the head of the table, which equates to the head of the family.The Chief Executive sits at the head of the table, and the Assistant Chief Executive cannot wait for him to break his leg while skiing in Colorado, so that he can run the company for a few weeks, sitting on that chair. Who sits where in meetings is just as stressful as who has the corner office and the one next to the photocopying machine. The rectangular table is also injurious to your neck because you can strain it as you try to look at the Chairman who is u…

Famous in Zulu

Duma means famous in Zulu.Everybody Googles music video dancers, TV stars, basketball and soccer celebrities.Nobody Googles daycare workers or farmers that grow beetroot and corn.

Du-ma, the first part is pronounced as in do or doom, the second part as in money.
ZULU ENGLISH Duma. A boy’s name, meaning be famous.Maybe his father was famous when he was born or parents want the child to grow up and be famous. Dumile. A boy’s name which means he is famous. Badumile. A girl’s name which means they are famous. Duma kahle. Be famous for good things. U-dume kahle. She is famous for good things. Duma kabi. Famous for bad things. U-dume kabi. She is famous for bad things. U-Rafael Nadal u-dume nge-tennis. Rafael Nadal is famous because of tennis. U-Venus Williams u-dume nge-tennis. Venus Williams is famous because of tennis. U-Donald Trump u-dume nge-Twitter. Donald Trump is famous because of his tweets. U-dume e-Paris ku-phela. He is only famous in Par

CEO's And Trade Shows

CEO’s should man the stand at trade shows. Companies buy exhibition space in convention centres in Warsaw, Riyadh or Toronto to display their products, source new customers and interact with existing ones.

It is therefore frustrating to visit a company’s exhibition stand only to be given brochures and told to visit the website.It really defies logic.What is the point of trade exhibitions?One would think it is an opportunity for a company or group of companies to elucidate their strengths, output and potential. Trade shows have massive budgets that include air travel, hotel accommodation and entertainment for company employees.It is money down the drain if visitors to the company’s stand find junior staff playing with their cellphones and not standing outside to welcome potential customers or investors.

Come to think of it, it is the CEO’s fault for not manning the stand.He or she is the most qualified to sing the company’s praises, past and present.He or she understands current and techn…

Windy in Zulu

Chicago.Why is it called the windy city?Will do some research later.Wind and air have the same Zulu word, umoya.

It can be deadly wind that brings down trees or the breeze from an open window.Someone faints and people try to revive him by fanning his face to give him some air.

Kids in Africa and South America have plenty air.They wake up, have a shower, eat and they are gone to play among nature, play football, cricket or make wire cars.Their counterparts in Europe and North America are cranky because they are indoors for days, thanks to minus zero temperatures.Parents usually bundle them up in warm clothing and take them out for some fresh air (umoya).

U-moya. Remember, -u- is always pronounced as in ooze, NOT as in U-haul.Mo-ya, say the first part as in momentum, the second part as in yard.

ZULU ENGLISH Ku-no moya. It is windy. Lo-moya u-ya-banda. This wind is cold. Tha-tha i-jersey. Take a jersey/sweater. Lo-moya u-ya-shisa. This wind is hot. U-moya wa-so-lwandle. Sea breeze. Ngi-phele-lwa umoya. I…