About that night

By Jadini who lives in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a Thursday evening, and I had a date with my boyfriend at a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi. Usually, I am at my best behaviour when he visits. I cook and take flowers to his apartment and make sure the place smells floral and ready for his…

Why We Write About Ourselves

In this book, I found gems and brutally honest insights about the joy and pain of writing a memoir. Here are a few punchlines. Introduction, Meredith Maran “If you want to ruin your life and/or others’, there’s really no more surefire method than writing a true-life tale according to you.” Ishmael Beah, A long Way…

Sober diaries

Clare Pooley starts her memoir by describing with much detail the hangover following her birthday party. “My brain seems to have shrunk to the size of a marble, and it’s banging off the sides of my head like a game of pinball. I’m sweating alcohol and drowning in successive waves of nausea.” To make it…

Alcohol and Masculinity in Kenya

Jackson Biko, aka @Bikozulu, is a writer and an award-winning blogger. In his novella called Drunk, we meet Larry, a man who is the embodiment of success. He is employed in the best advertising agency in Nairobi. He has many friends. Women succumb easily to his charms. But he has a tendency to escape relationships…

Booze and Me

      A view of the Ngong Hills By SS in Nairobi, Kenya I know I drank a lot and considered myself a heavy drinker but not out-of-control. I thought because my drink of choice towards the end of my drinking career was just beer, there was not much to worry about as it’s the softest …

How alcohol impacts the brain

Marc Lewis is a former addict and a neuroscientist. He wrote two books, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain and The Biology of Desire, that I binge read when I stopped drinking. He explains why our brains are wired for addiction. “Brains just do what hundreds of millions of years of evolution have determined to be…

Being sober doesn’t mean being an alcoholic

In his book, Kick the Drink Easily, Jason Vale offers a different perspective on alcohol. When I stopped drinking, I found the the way he was dissecting alcohol and the place it takes in our lives very refreshing and liberating. “Alcohol is the only drug in the world where, when you stop taking it, you…