I picked up the book “Faces of Africa” during my recent trip in Netherlands. Saw it in a bookstore, flipped a few pages and completely fell in love with the photos but more than that with the narrative that went with the photos.
I have been enchanted with Africa and everything African since I was probably 6 or 7 and read about the Masai tribe in a book whose name I can’t remember. And that love affair reaffirmed itself when I finally landed on the continent itself last year. The beauty of Africa took my breath away and I came back, heels dragging, hopelessly in love with the land and yes even the people.
The writers/photographers – Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher – showcased 30 years of photography in this one book. It’s a treasure trove of three decades of observation, recording and sharing in the lives of the traditional people across this vast and varied continent. While this book spans across countries and various tribes, it also brings them together in the shared value and common experience among these tribes. In places they have even compared their experience with African values against that of their western ones and deemed the earlier to be far more superior in several cases.
I am completely captivated by this book! The photos, the explanations, the experience recorded, I simply had to finish it cover to cover before I could lay it down again.
I sincerely urge you, if you are the type that goes “wow Africa!” and not “ewww, why Africa?” …. please go out and buy this book. They are donating a percentage of all sales proceed to helping tribes in Africa become more resilient to climate change.
Link to the book in Amazon.com
The other book that I would highly recommend is “African Ark: People & Ancient cultures of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa”. Once again stunning photographs with just enough narrative 🙂
- Face of Africa (youseftravellingtheworld.wordpress.com)
- Human Relationships | (one of) Africa’s Gift to the World (scotthouser.com)
- Africa’s economic boom: Five countries to watch (csmonitor.com)
- How Innovation Is Stimulating Agriculture In Africa (allanapotashblog.org)
This post is to answer some of the most common questions I face from my professional network on a very regular basis:
What do you do, really?
Well, I am the Advisor for Food Security. Want more information on what we do in Food Security? check us out in the following link: http://bangladesh.nlembassy.org/services/development-cooperation/food-security.html
What does the Embassy do?
The embassy does a LOT of things. The main areas of activity are:
• political affairs
• economic affairs
• development cooperation – this includes policy & program support on Food Security, Water Management, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights. Gender and Governance are cross cutting themes.
• consular affairs
• press and cultural affairs.
To get information on Services offered, go here: http://bangladesh.nlembassy.org/services
Want an update on the activities of the Dutch Embassy in Bangladesh?
Follow us on this link: http://bangladesh.nlembassy.org/
I want to do business with Netherlands, how do I find information?
Check out the information in the following link: http://www.minbuza.nl/en/you-and-netherlands/doing-business-with-the-netherlands.html
How can I get more information on Private Sector Development Instruments?
The PDF is 8.3 MB and contains information all the instruments available from different Dutch Ministries to promote business between Bangladesh & Netherlands: http://bangladesh.nlembassy.org/appendices/partners-in-progress.html
How can I get more information on doing business with Netherlands?
For Funding and other support services check out http://bangladesh.nlembassy.org/services/trade-information/economic-services/funding-and-other-support-services.html
- Dutch Trade Day 2013 (corporateskirts.wordpress.com)
- Garment industry: Bangladesh gains at India, China expense (news.in.msn.com)
- Annual Flower Parade In The Netherlands (uniquedaily.com)
- Netherlands queen to step aside; son will take throne (news.blogs.cnn.com)
Interesting facts about the country I work for 🙂
- Tulip Landscape (mossandfog.com)
- Aerial Photos of the Tulip Fields of North Holland (laughingsquid.com)
- Stunning Aerial Photographs of Tulip Fields in Holland by Bruxelles5 (complex.com)