Author archive: Wanjiru Ndung'u

Short Stories
Foot in Mouth
January 10, 2019
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Previously on Biker’s Island It didn’t happen that first week or even the next month. Not for lack of trying on Lenny’s part. He called and messaged, and I always said, “Sure, let’s do it,” but he couldn’t pin me down on a date or time. He understood that I had declined without disagreeing. On […]
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Love and Light
December 20, 2018
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I have fragments of stories. Story lines grabbing at the seams of my conscious. Scenes of people, noises, tears, words said with quivering lips, trembling fingers, thick, heavy words that come out in choked voices. Feelings swallowed, that cut their way down the gullet like pellets of glass. But, these fragments aren’t coming together in […]
Short Stories
Boy’s Toys
December 13, 2018
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  My breath fogs up the helmet visor. Through the haze I see savanna grass in my peripheral field of vision. Directly above is a wisp of a cloud and a hawk hovering in a mostly clear sky. It’s a great day to be out riding. I might even have enjoyed this view but I […]
Short Stories
Love on Madaraka Express
December 6, 2018
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Long Read Ahead. * The train lurches forward at exactly 3 PM. I watch as the stationary containers fall away against the backdrop of a clump of clouds. Just as we leave the Mombasa terminus, rain starts pelting, forming rivulets that run down the large windows of the train. Passengers’ voices grow more and more […]
Soul
Against the Grain
November 1, 2018
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A few weeks ago I did an interview with Bett Kinyatti of Craft It. She writes stories of Kenyans in their craft. For her miniseries about Nairobi’s creatives that she’s calling Hunt Like a Hungry Lioness, she picked me to start off. One of the questions she asked during my interview, Mixed Signals, was what makes […]
Short Stories
Here’s To Us
October 25, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel As told by Mel * World Cup season finds me in Ukunda, South Coast for a three-day intercultural conference. Makena hooked me up with this photography gig but I couldn’t bring Sally because she’s taking a videography class. She would’ve been happy to ditch it for the beach but I […]
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Guest Post: A Little Sunshine At Last
October 18, 2018
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I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, I’m away this week which means Taste of Mel will not be running. The good news is, Habiba Billal is stepping in with a guest post. Earlier this year she gave us Gabby’s story – a woman struggling to come out from under the […]
Short Stories
Failsafe
October 12, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel As told by Jonathan * It’s been a tenuous few weeks proving I’m worth my salt as a captain. Of particular concern to me has been sticking my landings. In Kigali I realized too late that I was higher than I should’ve been on my final approach. I had to […]
Short Stories
Gray Areas
August 16, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… As told by Mel * When you put promises into words and utter them into existence, the universe gives you an opportunity to fulfil them. That’s the power of the spoken word. The universe always wants you to succeed, so it is generous and swift with these opportunities. They come […]
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Guest Post: Over the Edge
June 28, 2018
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Story by Habiba Billal *** “Damn it Gabby, what is wrong you?” Seth asked walking into the kitchen in a pair of briefs beneath a glaring beer gut and a chest that was precariously close to needing a bra. “I told you to fold my football Jerseys black on white. Not white on black!” “I’m […]