… something I’ve always wanted to do, but never felt confident enough to start. Now, I decided to just do it. First, I believe that everyone has some knowledge/experience worth sharing. Second and most importantly, as someone once put it: “to teach is to learn” so by sharing and teaching the things I know about, I will hopefully learn something.
So my blog is now divided into two sections:
1. Rai* where I will continue to express my random thoughts about random issues often about Sudan and being Sudanese. Topics in this category will continue to be rough, irrational and angry at times but so are the topics they cover.
2. Teknologia for my techy ramblings. My aim – for a start – is to write consistently regardless of the quality and am sure that the quality of my entries will improve if I keep the habit of blogging. A “relevant” post every two weeks is my initial target.
Language remains a problem and I am undecided whether to write in Arabic or English. For technical subjects, I prefer English as it is – whether we like it or not – the language of technology, and non-English speakers (Arabic or otherwise) have to make the effort to learn it, at least in the context of IT, otherwise they will be left behind. As for the “Rai” pages, they will continue to be a mix of both depending on the topic, audience and mood.
* Raï (English pronunciation: /ˈraɪ/; Arabic: راي) is a form of folk music that originated in Oran, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s.
Singers of raï are called cheb (shabab, young) as opposed to sheikh (shaykh, old), the name given to Chaabi singers. The tradition arose in cities like Oran, Relizane and Mostaganem, primarily among the poor. Traditionally sung by men, at the turn of the 20th century, female singers became common. The lyrics of raï have concerned social issues, such as disease and the policing of European colonies, that affected native populations. (Excerpt from wikipedia)