VISRAM DOES IT AGAIN !
has laughed at everything
and everyone - more so at himself
- - Mombasa
readers will recall that some years back, they were entertained by a
book called "On A Plantation in
Kenya" (later re-titled "Red
Soils of Tsavo") written by a local author, M G.
That work was described
by the doyen of journalism, Edward Rodwell as 'delightful' and having
'a strong sense of humour'.
The book was a semi
autobiography of the author's life on a sisal plantation.
Now Mr. Visram has come
with a sequel to the above work and is entitled 'Beyond
The Baobab Tree'.
The backdrop of the
story is the same sisal estate but the incidents and anecdotes are
shared by the author through the eyes of a locomotive driver of the
steam engines that operated in olden days, and whom Visram befriended
when the later was briefly posted at Voi the place where the author's
family has the plantation.
Evidently the story is
set during the closing years of the colonial Kenya.
This book does not
preach any moral nor comes up with any message.
- - Author M. G.
Visram's new work
'Beyond The Baobab Tree'.
All it does is to
narrate incidents, some of them being highly humorous.
The author has laughed
at everything and everyone, more so at himself.
Some of the stories
would seem far-fetched but Visram claims that they are all true and
the reason they seem unreal is because he has been liberal with poetic
The action scrawls all
over the country, beginning from Kitale, coming down to Kisumu and
stretching to Mombasa.
The entire work is more
of an exercise in spinning of anecdotes.
At no time is the reader
bored with unnecessary text or lengthy descriptions.
The Baobab Tree' is an immensely enjoyable and captivating
book and anyone looking for light-hearted laughter should not miss
The Baobab Tree' is now on sale at local book shops.
M. G. Visram has also
written a biography of the famous pioneer of Eastern Africa,
entitled 'Allidina Visram' (no
relation to the author, the surname being only a coincidence).