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"Monsoon Reflexions" is a collection of poems by Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi extracted from his published and unpublished collections "TAFKIRA – Majaribio ya Ushairi (Reflections – experiments in poetry)", Writers' Bookmachine, Stockholm, 1984; the manuscript of "Liyongo's navel (An East African Epic Experience)", July 2007; and the manuscript of "Malenga wa Mkunazini (The Bards of Mkunazini, Zanzibar)", April 2013.
The poems are translated from Zanzibar Swahili into English by the author himself.
In this collection of "Monsoon Reflexions", Lodhi reveals a lot about a Thinking Migrant who perpetually evokes rapt nostalgia in the adopted land. Lodhi has shown that those in the diaspora remember their birthplaces when they are in deep personal thoughts either privately or collectively as a group. This is indicative of their struggle to try to be in harmony with their multiple identities with regard to ethnicity, religion, culture, language, literature and social inclusion in the new land.
Lodhi´s code-switching, in this collection of "Monsoon Reflexions", exemplifies further the fulfilment of the right communication wavelength of those in the diaspora, making them feel at home in the new homeland and also keep them connected to the old country.
Dr Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi, (b. 1945, Zanzibar) is Professor Emeritus, of Kiswahili and African Linguistics (including East African Area Studies), at the Department of Linguistics & Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Since 2012 he is a Visiting Professor, School of Languages, State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), and during the academic year 2014-2015, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Centre for Arabic and African Studies (CAAS), School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (SLL&CS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.
During 2013-2017, he was also a Member of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) of the Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty and Heritage, which is rooted in the mandate of UNESCO, Paris.
Professor A. Y. Lodhi was an active student and youth leader in the 1960s in Zanzibar and Daressalaam. He has published extensively on Swahilistics, North-western Indian Ocean Studies and Zanzibar Affairs.