Vietnam Alive: Six short stories


A mid-night swim is slightly terrifying; The Bike raises the concern of a young boy; Poppies is not Vietnam but a actual incidence in the North West Frontier province in Pakistan; Chopsticks in a family story, but set in London; Twenty-four hours is just a story about an old man; and, the Post Office is a story about a misdirected parcel.

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Published 3 Jul 2014
Pages 35
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Adam became a consultant by accident when a local work colleague in Lagos asked him to visit his upcountry pig farm. The pigs had partially lost the use of their back legs and Adam remembered reading an article, probably in the New Scientist, about the effect of a vitamin deficiency in pigs. He advised his colleague to feed his pigs on the papaya fruit which grew plentifully around the pig farm, and some vitamin supplements and the pigs recovered. The colleague, who became a lifelong friend, spread the news of Adam’s diagnosis and demands for his services abounded, in particular among the military governors in various states in Nigeria at that time. Adam likes to read the history of the various countries in which he is working, and particularly in Asia. He discovered that the Pashto language of Yusufrai Pathans, in the Swat valley in the North West Frontier province in Pakistan, was first translated into English by a medical officer in the British Army in Afghanistan in the late 19th century, and that in Ceylon the Mahawansa was discovered by a British colonial officer, who was stationed in a provincial town in the early 20th century. The Mahawansa contains a great deal of the written history, not just for Sri Lanka, but also for a large part of northern India, and a great deal of mythology from the sub-continent. Adam has lived and worked in Vietnam since 1997, where he lives in a provincial city with his wife, and has constant stream of visitors from the families of their seven adult children. He has just completed a novel featuring the beautiful wife of the 18th century Emperor Quang Trung, who is still revered all over Vietnam.

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