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Meskel, my best omen

It is Saturday morning, and I woke up earlier than I am used to. For my morning dopamine, I grabbed my phone and scrolled down my social media feeds a dozen times. Almost everything is exclusively about the colorful celebration of Meskel in Ethiopia. I am not sad but I am not happy either. I cannot hide the uneasiness and nostalgia though. I live 5700 kms away from where I grew up singing ‘hoya hoye’. The arrow of time has brought me here. But my imagination is taking me back in time to exactly a quarter of a century ago, […]

On New Year’s Resolution

As Ethiopia sees off the ‘Old’ and welcomes the ‘New Year’, it may be common among many to plan to change their lives in one way or another. I sometimes wonder if there is such a thing as ‘old’ or ‘new’ a time slot, i.e. what is essentially ‘new’ in a New Year? What makes Pagume 5 (or 6) an old day and Meskerem 1 a new one, apart from how we experience both days? Please do not get me wrong. I recognize that there will be religious as well as traditional explanations as to why such a designation has […]

The Open-air lab

One of the most exciting experiences I got during my PhD study is the field work I had in Ethiopia in 2016. I call it the ‘open-air lab’ as it was, functionally, a laboratory. I will write the full story of the field work.

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