for any young youth out there this is your piece. waiter another bottle

Mark Maish


I’m seated on a wooden bench under a makuti shed located at a vantage point deep in the heart of a national reserve watching a herd of elephants grazing peaceful below, oblivious of the chaotic world out there. A fortnight ago I handed in my final year project which marked the end of a 5-year pursuit for my Undergrads. Faced with the biggest dilemma of my life, I traveled down to this remote camping site in south coast to strategize on my next step. The decision I’m about to make is to either take the job offered or turn it down and instead follow my passion which happens to be unconventional.

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Let us kill the myth of ‘8-glasses-of-water’


It’s an early rural morning scene with white, fluffy clouds gliding across the pale blue sky. The fading subdued moon sits redundantly behind them. The sun has awakened and it just promptly emerged through the hazy sky. A cloudy layer creates a pleasant blanket for the sun. Everyone at this point really admires this beauty of the Mother Nature. Birds simultaneously tweet out to each other in chorus singing a soothing melodic tune.

Am seated next to the person who I respect and at the same time I appreciate the most. As a friend and a son she serves me with a tantalizing morning breakfast and that confirms that this day is as unstoppable as the tides. I need a few minutes not for sleep but to prepare to pour my thoughts out onto a page, reorganize, prioritize and pack them back in again.

My mum is a fan of early morning show of a particular local radio station that broadcast in vernacular. Sorry for this but the guest is from a water bottling company and advocates for the ‘8 glasses of water per day’. I mean, is this hogwash way of marketing still existing? In the 21st century? Holy Moses. Guys lets be franks here, this is not the first time am hearing this. It might even be a hundredth time. But how true is this statement. By the end the ball will be on your side.

From time in memorial I have always seen leaders on the dais with at most three bottles of water. Yes, but how many end up finishing the three bottles. Or had they taken around five glasses before? Big question to wonder.

We must admit water is life. It’s a natural resource that now scientist has complications with. I mean can they really produce artificial water? They have produced electricity from artificial source, yes nuclear energy, artificial living animal, who doesn’t remember Dolly lived for nine years, the list may be endless.  But this commodity water has given them sleepless nights. They have only succeeded in bottling, carbonating and maybe conserve excess water. From the Bible side of view Jesus turned water to wine and not the other way round. Just the other I heard and I believe you also, for the first time heard that some worshippers in Nipepe somewhere in Mozambique prayed in a church invoking sister Irene Stefani and baptismal water multiplied (am yet to comprehend that) and has led to her beautification or is it beatification.

Guys drink water when you are thirsty there will be no chronic dehydration at all. The philosophy is just to scare you. Please remember excessive consumption of water is useless to your health. Quench your thirst if need be not because you are pressurized by any one. I hope you are not a pressure cooker neither am I.

Compiled and written by

Gichuki Dennis (amateur writer)