Essay about Killing Time

963 Words Dec 9th, 2012 4 Pages
KILLING TIME—Nasibu Mwanukuzi

Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi is a musician and poet from Tanzania living in Oslo. Apart from a poet and short story/fiction writer, he is also a reggae musician. Born in Morogoro (Tanzania), Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi, is an African musician who blends African music and reggae with a dash of poetry. Ras Nas is singer-songwriter, poet, guitarist, percussionist and producer. Nasibu started writing African poetry at the age of 17 and experimented with various forms of African chanting and African drumming. He is also a painter who ran short of paint at one point. Studied Law at the University of Dar es salaam where he graduated with an L.L.B degree in 1984. After graduation he worked for a while as a
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The story has a kind of magical aura about it, again very much

representative of African culture as such. Witchcraft, magic, hallucination, mystery etc. seem to be themes very close to Mwanukuzi’s writings. The story happens in a café. The character we are introduced to at first is a man above fifty by appearance. The story might point to the: * Rootlessness/lack of identity faced by many. * Self-reflexivity (“caught my own reflection”) on the part of the narrator who is himself/herself (the gender of the narrator is not specified) killing time. The ease with which s/he guesses the Stranger’s problems might point to his/her own shared experiences pointing towards the universality of issues. Their experiences have plundered them of certain uniqueness characteristic of each individual. There is an air of familiarity among each and every person. Most of them wander aimlessly without any job or productive work and simply wile away time. Looking at another person and his plight is almost like seeing one’s own reflection in the mirror. This theme is further strengthened by the introduction of the third character who is also indulged in the same business of spying on other people. The only difference is in their respective viewpoints regarding the Stranger. In his/her eagerness to judge the Stranger’s position, the narrator forgets the fact that s/he might also fall prey to the scrutiny of others. The ending of the story

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