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06 August 2017

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Baka,
I chuckled a bit when I visualised you selling your books at the market like a bag of kaukau (sweet potatoes).

Compare these few lines from my new book ‘Survivor: Alive In Mum’s Loving Arms.’ It is the description of women selling their produce at the Wabag town market in the early 90s.

‘Some women who came to sell their produce here still wore grass skirts. They squatted on the dirt behind the rows of healthy well-formed carrots, cabbages, lettuce, sweet potatoes, sugarcane and other produce and waited for buyers to come along - sometimes in vain.
There were no proper shelters to protect the women and their precious produce. When it rained the women stood up and protected their produce with their umbrellas. They stood motionless like cranes in a swamp waiting for fish - gradually growing numb, their bodies beginning to shake from cold and long hours of waiting in the rain.
If the women did not make any sales, they gathered their heaps of sweet potatoes or vegetables and took them home. Other vendors gave their stuff to relatives living in town hoping to receive some form of payment at a later date.
The Wabag town market presented a total picture of decay - of how government structures and systems had started to disintegrate all over the province and in fact the whole country immediately after attaining independence. The absence of the rule of law and order was evident in the stinking, rotting garbage heaps at the market gate.’

Baka, how about this for a PNG author trying to sell his or her books?

Gee weez, Daniel and Lindsay, naispela long yutupela nating tru.

KJ thanks for the assist in publicity. I had wanted Phil to post them on the growing Pukpuk Publication (PP) list as as appended to Pukpuk Publication making mention that there are others of us who self publish and PP will add us to their list. I hope it will benefit in more self publishing and we ride on the tail of PP to get a mention. You have added another dimension to it.

Marketing and Networking are something not on my mind at the moment. I have promised myself to have 10 titles before I turn my attention to it. It is not a difficult target as I have 2 new titles (Novellas) around the corner and 1 more anthology and 2 short stories on the horizon. it is my yarn that if i go to the market with one bag of kaukau, I will sit there all day to sell the one item only and perhaps not make any money at the end of the day but if I go with one bag of a mixture of kaukau, banana, tomatoes and broccoli, there is a probability that I will have sold something and would return home with some money in the pocket. Archaic reasoning but that sounds good for me, someone else will come up with a best seller, they will have no need for this type of reasoning.

I make mention that I am doing an edit of Sweet Garaiina Apo and will re-publish that as a 2nd edition soon.

Learnt last Friday the World Vision (PNG) has a thought about settling up libraries in Elementary Schools with a target 500 books to start with. They will need PNG authored books targeted for that level. Watch out for their call and might I suggest that authors start thinking about that level of reading audience. We'll keep all posted on this.

We call the whoop 'Ganine' which is a tribal or clan mojo and the main word is a word that places emphasis on your origins. It can be a name of a place or thing that is unique or revered. Only certain people who feel they are up to it will make their duty to do the 'ganine' whoop. They are done to herald an end of a transaction. When visiting another place, it is obligatory to call out their ganine first and then your own follows after (protocol that is most times not followed and Sorry that I did not inquire if Rashmii or you had one when I did my Mitega Ghoiha Kupi. perhaps next time!).

Similar whoops in general jubilation by one or more persons is called a Ghamakilise and everyone can join in for the fun of it,yelling nothings.

Once again Seghane-ve.

My Apo, Baka's literary energy has not subsided. I hope that he wont mind me advising that more stories of Alonaa and two more novels are in the offing. Something to look forward to ....

Daniel, Buka and friends, never short on enthusiasm, always tall in intention, not only up-reaching in aspiration of your selves but heightening imagination of people worldwide.

Keith, you coming across a list of some of Baka's books as you looked at your email in Belgium reminds me of a Papua New Guinean who went into a bar in Germany where top PNG muscian George Telek's songs were playing.

I went into a bar in Mexico City where I saw a stunning photo of a Mendi man in traditional dress. My people also dress like that and I immediately felt homesick.

I noticed Sepik carvings in one of the episodes of 'Lie to Me' starring Tim Roth and felt proud.

When you see, hear or greet other PNGeans in distant lands it gives you that patriotic feeling.

Baka Bina and the rest of us PNG writers and artists will continue to need that exposure to international markets.

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