“There, in the distance, are the waters of Nalu Baale (Lake Victoria)… Here, close by, are the waters of the White Nile… In between, are the natural springs that give impetus to the longest river on your continent and separate it from the Lake… Visibly, you can perhaps discern the difference among us but do you think you could tell the difference within our waters? Amongst humans, you see a variety of people who are different but do you think there is a difference in the basic components of humanity? If we all behaved as if we were intrinsically alike, how would our world outlook change? – Boat ride at the source of the Nile, Jinja, Uganda
“What is it about humans that makes you want to progress at the expense of others? Do you not see that the cycle of day and night turns those who progress into the others and others into those who progress? And after all where does all that progress leave you when your final night comes calling? Caring for the poor, the weak, the elderly is indeed caring for yourselves… since we are all essentially but one Soul! – Water, stones and sunlight caring for the fading old tree, Karura Forest, Nairobi.
“Long horns, lanky legs, wide-eyed look? Thickset, furry, squinty eyed? So obviously different looking… Do we really have anything in common that can foster friendly conversation? Hmm…. Let us think a little! How about comparing our instincts for survival? The ways in which we care for our offspring? The intricacies of our group relationships? The effects of the environment in which we live? We all can learn from each other, from our differences, from the other perspective! Listen, you can hear the conversation…” – Diversity discourse, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.
“Don’t despair Little One… when dark clouds gather and swirl and it seems as if your world is closing in on you… know that I am always there. My light is blue… a beacon, guiding, comforting and, with the promise of sunny skies and warmth, bringing you hope and love! O Little One, know that you are loved, know that you are loved… I am always right beside you holding your hand!” – His message from anywhere in the world… dedicated to the one who needs Hope and Love.
“I hear He is coming… He is coming indeed… Oh what a sweet vigil it is to keep a look out for His arrival… A labour of love indeed! And when He is here, I will purr with pleasure…” – Anticipating cat at Gold Coast, Flic en Flac, Mauritius
“Everyone and everything has a place in this world… no matter whether insignificant, considerable, charming or repulsive… all deserve our respect for the role played in the journey that we call life. Imagine the picture of the sea without the frame of trees… imagine a bed of rocks without the swirl of water to soften the image… Does this not make you realise how meagre our lives would be without those who are different from us? – View of a lagoon in the Indian Ocean from Falaise Rouge in South Eastern Mauritius
“When there is conflict, disharmony, friction and hostility between people who should know better, is it any wonder that even he who cannot be cracked appears so? Is this where broken hearts go…?” – at Flic en Flac, off the western coast of Mauritius
“Meow!… I want your love, affection, attention… I will rub my ears against your leg, meowing demurely… I will look at you beseechingly, urging you to stroke my fur… I have simple needs, please just make me purr with pleasure…” – Felix the Cat, silhouetted at Residence Beau Soleil, Albion, Mauritius
“Conversation between rock and seaweed… Weed: I love you…, Rock: But, I can’t breathe…, Weed: No, it’s all fine, a beautiful day, and I love you…, Rock: But, you have taken over all my space, my access to the warmth of the sun, the invigorating sea breeze…, Weed: No, you are so strong and gentle, and most importantly, I love you and we are so happy…” – At the beach in Palmar, East Coast of Mauritius
“When you nurture your offspring… provide them with a supportive, happy, enabling environment in which to grow… set examples of the ethical and moral character that we would all like to have in our lives… teach them to understand the value of diversity… And thus allow them to flourish, the whole world shines bright and colourful to celebrate your family!” – Coconuts on a palm tree in sunset light seen through a bougainvillea blur, Albion, Western Mauritius