June 2006

I grew up in Hungary a small European land locked country – actually I spent my childhood in the Southern Hungarian town of Szeged. Then I moved to Budapest and spent my university years there – majoring in English and Arabic literature.Since in South Africa we are so far away from Eastern Europe – not that many Hungarians are spotted around here – South Africans are sometimes suspicious about us Hungarians – we speak a funny language that doesn’t sound like English or French or even Russian or Polish nor Tswana or Zulu , we were one of the “Eastern bloc” countries that spent many years under Soviet rule, many of us are also not devoted to a specific religion due to our previous dispensation.

Others think of Hungary as a magic Oriental place – a secret far away place full of exciting and mesmerising traditions and cultures – especially that the name of our capital is called Budapest – as if it had something to do with the Buddha. If something is unreachable and is so far away – one tends to build a dreamlike image of it.

However my experience is that even though we live quite far away from each other – we are similar in many ways with South Africans, I have realised the people here have been listening to the same music, have been reading the same books, many times cook similar dishes in other words the more countries I visit, the more cultures and traditions I experience I realise that we all have much more in common than we think.


Be the change that you want to see in the world.

Mohandas Gandhi

Some time ago we went to see a film at the annual Puk film festival here in Potch. We normally see one film each year (the rest are normally not worth seeing) – last time it was God is African – this year it was Paradise now.

From the Wikipedia:

Paradise Now (Arabic: الجنة الآن‎ ​) is a 2005 filmdirected by Hany Abu-Assad about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. Click to read on …

I think it is important to see this film no matter what your thoughts might be about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.