The Review

One wise man once said, “If what you did yesterday still seems big to you today, then you haven’t done much today.”  Truth be told, I haven’t done much today myself. I slept very late yesterday and consequently woke up late. Being a Saturday, most of my most productive morning hours were spent sleeping.

So for now, you will allow me to re-live my yesterday.

Kamende Wa Muriuki our English Grammar teacher in class 8, made us do three book reviews a week on the New ‘Pace Setters’ novels that he had the school management buy in their hundreds. But for my mum, who was my very first English Grammar teacher, I have never met a more passionate teacher than Mr. Muriuki .

The reason I remembered Kamende wa Muriuki and the reviews is because of a review that was carried by Zuqka magazine yesterday about this blog.

This is what I am talking about..

Writer Jackson Biko pays tribute to those faceless readers who plough through his blog, Bikozulu. One of them is our blogger under review. Biko notes that “When someone comments on your blog and signs off as Mrs Mwiti, you take notice. I have never met Mrs Mwiti but she sounds very serious…like someone who reads in bed with her reading glasses hanging from the tip of her nose…”

But Mrs Mwiti found herself holding her new born baby two days before her 21st Birthday, and with a semester to go in campus. The introvert, who when stressed loves her solitude says that was when “my life changed.”

The Mother-of-two (she’s only 26) lives in Limuru. Actually her wedding reception was at the Kentmere Club, although she had never imagined “living in a small town.” where she dresses her daughters in “two vests, two tops a sweater and a jacket” because of Limuru’s biting cold.

Now, this is the part i like best…

Her well written blog is a collection of anything a woman who was made to grow fast can muster; sex, male hair dressers, football for which she previously felt dot, parenting and words to live by .

Like “Life consists not in holding good cards but playing those you hold well.”

I am as equally pleased for the recognition as I am amused by this quite humorous review. Whoever wrote it did a perfect job, summarizing my 6 month old blog in a little more than 200 words. Kamende wa Muriuki, however, would probably  have given them a 36/40 score, to leave room for improvement!  I never got that by the way. How giving one less marks was supposed to ENCOURAGE them.

If Kamende Wa Muriuki, who I lastly saw when I was 12, were reading this, I think he’d be impressed.  He’d break into a broad smile that would make the length of his nose even more pronounced.  In his twang, he’d say, “Well done Christine.” and then go through my blog and highlight several grammatical errors. :-)

I was in the papers yesterday. As excited as I am, I am also humbled. I cannot take all the credit for this alone. Therefore, I share it with the readers of this blog and anyone who said ‘keep writing”. As for Zuqka, thank you for making me famous!

6 comments for “The Review

  1. October 5, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Nice…congrats…, nice blog…now off to read more…

  2. October 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I was so happy when I got reviewed <a href=”http://jkuattalkshop.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/savvy-the-famous-a-review-in-zuqka-2/“>here</a>

  3. Tony Ngethe
    January 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Hi,
    I have just googled Mr. Kamende Wa Muriuki and this is what came up. It sounds like you are refering to a very familar Kamende who was an eloquent, high achieving, goal setting English grammar teacher.
    Having done my last 2 years of primary education in Meru, I was priviledged to sit under the tutelage of this witty chap.

    I live and study in Oxford but the thought of Kamende wa Muriuki mesmerizes me everytime I have to cross my “t’s” and dot my “i’s”. 
     
    Now that I have 2 children, I would trawl the world for Mr. Kamende wa Muriuki to know if he can be of help to my children as he was to me.
    I am proud to say that I excelled in English with all marks/points one can score and until today (more than a decade later), my English  command would baffle some Oxford elites especially to whom the language is a third.

    Hail Kamende Wa Muriuki … May the search begin!!.

    Please email me if you ever come across him.

    Bless you.

    • January 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Tony,

      Very nice to know that there are pple like me who still remember Kamende wa Muriuki up to date. That teacher was special.

      E-mail me too if you ever find him.

      That man was born to teach English!

  4. wachira
    December 28, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Where in the world is Kamende wa Muriuki. I haven’t seen him in ages. We were pals in highschool. Anybody with his contacts?

  5. January 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    i actually i remember reading that review and making a mental note to read it,i never got a chance…so far so good im loving your older posts.short direct and very precise.very engaging,you got me hooked me yo…

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