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My Life My Africa: An Untamed African Tale of Self Discovery by [Naidu, Philen]
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From the Author

WARNING: I think this book is crap. I was immature and in the midst of a personal crisis/breakdown when I published; I also feel that my style and craft was yet undeveloped. I am in the process of fully revising and re-releasing ... but this only happens after my current book - My Life Your Story - is published. If, after this preamble, you still wish to buy the book, thank you ... I think you'll enjoy it in its raw-ness.

If you're looking for a literary masterpiece, this is not it.
If you're looking for a travel book, this is not it.
And if you're looking for a flawless lead character, then this book is definitely not it.

This is a real life adventure, written by a young man who is at the very beginning of his quest for freedom. It's a story on two levels - that which can be seen and that which cannot; that which is written and that which is going on behind the words. It's a story of questions more than answers and many questions are newly formed and not fully developed.
It's a human story, so expect mistakes.
It's also an African story, so expect adventure, drama, action, betrayal,corruption, tragedy, chaos, comedy and a whole lot more.


Please note that this book and the style in which it is written is not everyone's cup of tea. Please download a free sample to check it out before you buy it.

Enjoy the ride!

From the Back Cover

"Every man reaches his destination, if he just keeps walking..."

My mid-life crisis came early; I was only 23 when I began pondering the purpose of my life. Desperately unhappy with where I was, and the future that I could see for myself, I made a crazy decision to sacrifice everything and follow my heart.

It took three years for my heart to speak, but when it did, the call was clear. I dropped out of university, said goodbye to friends and family, stuffed my life into a 25-litre backpack, and set off into the unknown.

What followed was a five year African adventure that carried me to places, and through experiences, that I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams.
 
Did I hear my heart correctly?
Could my heart be trusted?
What if I was wrong?

These are questions that only time would reveal, all I could do was just keep walking.
This is my story.
It could be yours.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2686 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: My Life My Africa Book; Two edition (March 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMIFTRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know the real Africa with its mix of personalities (the simple, the corrupt and the in-between). It was interesting to learn that some the words in the Zambian language were the same ones used in East Africa. The first part of the book took me back to the simpler times when I was surrounded by "Ubuntu" - before I became a "Muzungu" and got sidetracked. I love this book. I am glad that it was very realistic. I am glad the middle section of the African trading did not go on for a long time. The ending went back to the basics. Well done!!!
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Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? How am I going to get there? As an older, American, “white” male reader who likes stories about peoples lives, written by themselves, I LOVED THIS BOOK. A few words I can’t pronounce. A few words that would normally offend me, but didn’t. In the middle of the book I began to wonder just where the story was going. In the last ten percent of the book I got the answer. A very good read, I gave it five stars.
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"My Life My Africa" is a touching book of a man's soul searching journey. Philen Naidu shares his story of how his disillusionment with life lead him to give up everything he knew in his fist world existence and follow an instinct to travel into rural Africa. He encounters his own conditioning when faced with a culture and way of life so different to the one he'd grown up in and become accustomed to.

By reading this gripping story of one man, I found myself asking questions of my own life experience, and the way of life we are led to believe is the ultimate way to live. I yearn even more now to travel into Africa and experience for myself another philosophy of living that is more communal and focused on what really matters in life, like relationships.

"My Life My Africa" reads like watching a movie with its informal style. I felt like I was having a coffee with Philen as he went into story telling mode, sharing his emotions and self questioning, and reading from his actual journal. The realness of Philen's expression keeps you turning the pages, and wishing you were having that actual coffee to ask about aspects he doesn't go into detail about in the book.

For a refreshing look at how life keeps us questioning our values, I recommend "My Life My Africa" as a fantastic read of a real life story that I am sure will move you in some way, as it has moved me.
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I got a free copy from the author with a request to review this book. The synopsis kindled my interest because it is not often I , as an Indian myself, find books of this type from people of Indian origin.

I would summarize the book briefly as follows: Naidu, a South African of Indian descent, at age 23, feels alienated by the lack of direction in his comfortable life in Johannesburg and decides to go to Zambia to 'find himself'. He lives there among the rural poor, wild hippos, rhinos and elephants and eventually ends up in the business of 'smuggling' goods across the border between S.Africa and Zambia. During this period, he is involved in a serious road accident that leaves him unconscious and in a coma. Finally, he regains consciousness and recovers to health 'miraculously'. In the process, he 'discovers' himself.

As I reached two-thirds into the book, it felt no different from the experiences of many backpackers. Still, there is some real adventure in Naidu's travels as he encounters a wild elephant in the forests where he camps, sleeps near a waterhole and wakes up in the morning in the company of wild hippos and so on. Later, he comes to know that there was a pride of seven lions in the area and elephants with their young ones. This is fantastic and real adventure. Unfortunately, I must say that this was the only thing that really stirred me in the book and that I wasn't excited about much else concerning his 'search'.

A bit of reflection made me realize that people coming from different socio-economic backgrounds would view Naidu's 'existential crisis' in substantially different ways. This is probably at the root of my reaction.
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This is a story by a young South African man who seeks to find himself by traveling to exotic locations. The accounts of tribal life are fascinating. A little bit more about the villages and less adolescent angst would have made a powerful read. That OneLove stuff gets old after so many decades.
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Philen Naidu gives up his life in South Africa to go find the "Real Africa". It would so easy to say this is a book about a young man's journey to find himself, but it is so much more. It is a journey into what it is to be human without the fear and angst of the society most of us live in. It's Africa and cultures and ways of life we do not get to experience anywhere else. It is travel without getting in a car and getting on the highway. It is traveling in a truck with a goat and it is about being happier with less. Is that possible? Read the book and find out.
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Philen has no doubt led a full and remarkable life so far. I greatly admire his courage to follow his 'inner guidance' of what his heart was telling him, and then to step into the unknown the way he did. I found the book easy to read and enjoyed Philens writing style. Judging by Philens adventurous spirit, I'm sure that there will be more books to come. I highly recommend and look forward to the sequel.
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