By Nadia Davids
"It is 1993. South Africa is close to overall transformation and in Walmer property, a hectic suburb at the slopes of Devil's top, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood is ready to endure a change of her personal. She watches with fascination and worry because the nationwide drama unfolds, longing to join what she is familiar with to be historical past within the making. As her progressive aspirations develop within the months prior to the elections, her extreme, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her mom and dad and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and unsafe previous. Nadia David's first novel strikes throughout generations and groups, during the suburbs to town centre, from the luxurious gardens of personal faculties to the dingy bars of Observatory, from landmark mosques and church buildings to the manic procession of the Cape Carnival, via evictions, rebellions, political assassinations and primary loves. The booklet areas one family's tale on the middle of a country's rebirth and interrogates problems with religion, race, belonging and freedom." -- Publisher's website. Read more...
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Mackenzie collected texts while mapping and surveying newly conquered territories of southern India. Even though he never conducted a revenue survey, scrupulously avoiding direct inquiries about production and revenue, there was no way (and no reason) to promise that knowledge about local lineages or tenures might not be used by an imperial power that was at this very point establishing itself as a state based more on the capacity to collect land revenue than support itself through trade. Indeed, virtually all of the information collected by Mackenzie turned out to concern the rights and privileges of kings, chiefs, headmen, Brahmans, and religious institutions.
Michel Foucault, Archaeology of Knowledge It is the state which first presents subject-matter that is not only adapted to the prose of History, but involves the production of such history in the very progress of its own being. W. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of History Ethnography of the Archive T he first time I entered an archive, I panicked. My historical zeal inexplicably vanished as I desperately stemmed a welling desire to exit immediately and search for the nearest pub. I saw before me the thousands of documents I could indent, the books I might read, the files I had to wade through.
Colin Mackenzie, an engineer and mathematician by training, went to India as an army man in the late eighteenth century and soon became known for his extraordinary cartographic talents, first designing a military assault on the fort of Tipu Sultan, who until his final defeat in 1799 constituted a major threat to British rule, then devising a complex plan for the surveying and mapping of newly conquered territories. His surveying skills were recognized: he was designated as the surveyorgeneral of Madras in 1810, only to become the first surveyor-general of India in 1815.
An imperfect blessing by Nadia Davids