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Blue Sunflower Startle

Blue Sunflower Startle

Author(s): Yasmin Ladha

Location(s): Tanzania, Dodoma

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s

In the early 1960s, a young girl and her brother move to their grandparents’ flourmill in Dodoma in newly-independent Tanzania. Her grandfather bellows his love for East Africa, where he and other Indian merchants have thrived. But the ground is shifting. President Nyerere is calling for the widespread nationalization of property. The hum of the mill has quieted. The young girl prays at the jamatkhana (Give me back my father) and spends evenings at the cinema watching cowboy films, grief and grievances, if only momentarily, disappear.

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