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A word from Obed Ramotswe

That would be the father of Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. He speaks so us in Alexander McCall Smith's book, which I've been reading as I travel (actually, rereading, but I had forgotten I had read No. 1 once before).

In Chapter Two, Obed tells us about his life, which is embedded in Africa as Africa is embedded in him. And he says something that many of us will relate to. We visit a new country, we start new lives somewhere we've never been, we are forced to leave our country or we return, happily, we return - whoever we are, many of us this will know this feeling -

I said to him that. . .every man has a map in his heart of his own country and that the heart will never allow you to forget this map.

. . .and the heart will never allow you to forget this map. . .

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