The launch of Dried Rose Petals and Lavender Buds at Nyali Play House this past Sunday was not only an event filled with colour but love, laughter and a genuine sense of a community out to support one of its most enterprising daughters. Entering the Play House, one is accosted by two distinct things- a large number of women attendees (and very few men), and the generous splash of colour around the well-lit room with most ladies in matching saffron head scarves rhyming with the book cover. The colour and enticing space is most obviously to Salma’s (the author) liking; she is candid about her inclination to colourful things and the colourful Instagram posts prior to the book launch are a testament to this.
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It has been long propagated, erroneously I may add, that people from the Coast do not read. In a previous article, we explained our opinion, one of the differences in approach towards reading between two diverse spaces- the Kenyan Coast and Nairobi, and two on the paradigm shift in the former’s reading attitudes. To a large extent, I feel this stereotype has played into (some) our minds as well, in the process leading to a general aversion to book production and consumption. This, of course, does not apply across the board; it is the people who refuse to be culpably nonobservant, and those who refuse play into or be influenced by this stereotype who are at the forefront of building a reading culture in the coast.