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Daily Nation : January 31st 2014
2 BE FAMOUS. daily NATION January 31, 2014 , upfront » TRENDING TOPICS IS BIGGER, BETTER? PHILO cannot believe what chics are doing to get curves. And no, it’s got nothing to do with quails. But birds, or rather, birdfeed does! P.13 N ever have I thought this to be possible. The Kenyan mind frame has always been big. As a country, we would make a brilliant case study on hopes and dreams. Look at it from every angle: Buying a house, everyone wants a two-bedroom flat even when they will only move in with their roaches and bedbugs, a new car has to be big and flamboyant even if you have no family and rarely ever get to drive off-road. It is only in this country that you will buy land for so much money only so that you can go and look at it over the weekends. You do not even develop it or lease it; nothing. Just stroking your belly as you watch reeds grow. I mean, there was a time literally ever woman would want a big-bellied man because that, they believed, meant he was rich. Ask them and they would say that he is a life-size teddy bear who is pleasant and cuddly. Look at the phones that we buy. It simply is not a phone if it fits in your pocket. Case in point: There are so many people who own the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Mombasa Road early morning and there is an oil tanker sprawled helplessly across the highway. With your big Toyota VX/Range Rover you do: a) wait in traffic, b) wait in traffic some more However, with your IST/Vitz you other series, the LG G2 — beautiful phones with great applications, I concur, but huge! In every western movie you will see, there is one common denominator: The Nokia 3310. It transcends time. Look at every bomb detonation; they do not use those fancy Android apps to blow people up. They use old-school, “dumb phones” that light up green and in which the main video game is Snake. In Kenya, there is a young man such as myself with two small handsets that slide ever so well into the comfy haven that are my trouser pockets. The grounds are simply that bigger is not better. Last week, enter can meander through gaps and feeder roads much faster, find convenient parking spots which do not even exist, find it easy to maintain and service, basically leave behind the hustle of big car problems. Too many people want to be seen holding gaudy, expensive handsets and driving obese cars; you forget the harm it costs your time and wallet. I think everyone can attest to this when I mention the money pouch, so I will. Your pockets are crying genuine, authentic, and bona fide tears. The truth of the matter is that with an IST, you will park on the pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower, metaphorically of course, but a bigger vehicle will not balance. Then again with these raisons d’être, there is that Kenyan frame of mind that insists on bigger things. Guys and girls, unless it is a woman, bigger is not always better. BY KHALID ISSA @Issa_Khalid The team Group Editorial Director: Joseph Odindo Group Managing Editor: Mutuma Mathiu Features Editor: Bernard Mwinzi Stand-in-Editor: Njeri Muchai Revise Editor: Mary Wasike Sub-Editor: Naliaka Wafula Photographic Editor: Joan Pereruan Chief Graphic Designer: Roger Mogusu Senior Graphic Designer: Michael Mosota Graphic Designer: Linus Ombette Contributors: Phillip Mwaniki, Ciku Kimani, Frank Midega, Sam Kiranga, Thomas Rajula, Maureen Orwa, Charles Kamau, Issa Khalid, Cover Graphic: Linus Ombette ZuQka is published every week by Nation Media Group Limited. It is distributed free with every Friday’s ‘Daily Nation’. Unsolicited manuscripts, artwork, transparencies are submitted at the sender’s risk. While every care will be taken on receipt of such material, the Nation Media Group Limited cannot accept responsibility for accidental loss or damage. ©Nation Media Group Limited, 2012. All rights reserved. INSIDE 4 6 Ciku’s Beefs, Frankfoot Jemima Robinson’s 327 Unreported 9 11 Cover: Carol Kibati’s The Daybook The Rocker: 12 13 The world of technology Dalliance Diary 4 6 4 5 14 15 Take 14, Cindy Music, Movie and Games.
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