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Naresh Veeran PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 January 2015 15:33

Naresh Veeran (1974 - ) is the best-selling author of the crime thriller, 31 Million Reasons, which was published in late 2007. The novel was inspired by a heist that took place in 1997, during which R31 million was stolen at night from a cash holding facility in Durban. 31 Million Reasons was met with a positive reception upon release. Thomas Blom Hansen described it as a “racy” and “fast-paced” novel that captured “the style and the local [Durban] tongue with great precision.” (1) It was also highly recommended by Sharen Thumboo for the way it captured the “local accents and lingo” of Chatsworth (2) while an artSMart review appreciated the pacing of the novel, its fleshed out characters and humour (3).

Rogue Star Films – a Cape Town-based production house – optioned the film rights in March 2008 and went on to produce and later release the picture via Nu Metro. The film premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2011. According to the 2012 Box Office Report released by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), it became one of the highest-grossing local releases of the year. Veeran also produced and directed For Better For Worse, a romcom which was distributed by Videovision and released in 2010 through the Ster Kinekor cinema network.

A graduate of the NFVF’s Master’s screen-writing programme, Veeran began his career as a freelance journalist before joining the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Division. After almost four years with the public broadcaster, he relocated to Cape Town where he headed Old Mutual’s in-house media/communications arm before joining Media 24 back in his hometown of Durban.

Veeran has written a series of print articles and contributes to anthologies and academic compilations.  In 2013 two articles detailing his memories of Chatsworth were included in the Ashwin Desai/Goolam Vahed compilation, Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township. His second novel, Lynwood Hall, was completed at the end of 2013 and is due for release in mid-2015.

Veeran holds a Master’s degree (cum laude), a PhD in Human Sciences and post-graduate business management qualifications from the University of Natal. He freelances as a Marketing Consultant and continues to work out of his home on South Africa’s East Coast.


1. Thomas Blom Hansen. Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa. (Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2012), pp. 306

2. Sharen Thumboo, "Book Review", Metrobeat, April 2008, pp. 10.

3. Caroline Smart, “31 MILLION REASONS”, artSMart, December 2007.

Selected Work

Excerpt from 31 Million Reasons (2007:23):

The neighbourhood in which the Coopersamys lived was close knit and colourful, not unlike those inhabited by minority communities throughout the world. Although the busy city of Durban, with its sub-tropical climate, was a tourist Mecca with its Golden Mile of beautiful beaches and proximity to the Drakensberg mountain range, much of its beauty was lost to these early immigrants.

The communal nature of living in Clairwood added a rich texture to their dreary world. Everyone knew each other by name and kids from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds played together on the streets. Saturday evenings at 5.15 were reserved for the latest Indian blockbusters at the Rani Bioscope and Sunday mornings were especially vibrant, with all of the homes on Flower Road tuning in simultaneously to the Indian "broadcast" on the radio. The various families also donned their best clothes to either visit relatives or attend weddings in nearby Cato Manor, Sea View or Riverside. In fact, it wasn't unusual for the entire community to come together at least twice monthly to participate in communal celebrations, weddings or prayers.


2007. 31 Million Reasons. Durban: Niche Media Network

On the Twitter Trail: December Roundup PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:49

By Rasvanth Chunylall

Many writers have embraced twitter as a medium to engage with fans, develop their brand identities, share news stories and express their thoughts and opinions. Here are some highlights from the twitter accounts of a few KZN writers.

I was too tired to turn off the TV Sunday afternoon so watched all of John Favreau's fantastically underwhelming #chefmovie. Give it a miss

— Jann Turner (@JannTurner) December 01, 2014

Difficult to #RememberMandela and not wonder about #EricGarner & continued racial injustice in United States.

— Azad Essa (@azadessa) December 04, 2014

An invitation to visit my updated website Feel free to share this with others. Hope you find your visit rewarding!

— Shabbir Banoobhai (@SBanoobhai) December 05, 2014

We want Papic back @Orlando_Pirates

— Minenhle Mthembu (@IamMinenhle_ZN) December 10, 2014

A huge thank you to Concept Cyclery Ballito for making me brand ambassador for 2015. Excited to ride this machine!

— Rosamund Kendal (@Rosamundkendal) December 12, 2014

When writing for film you have to walk the tandem tightropes of skillful plot & profound subtext to engage the audience. #scriptchat

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) December 13, 2014

Enjoying my breakfast of blueberry-stuffed pancakes drizzled with honey. Feel marginally sorry for all my self-righteous Banting friends.

— Rosamund Kendal (@Rosamundkendal) December 14, 2014

Well done @RoleneStrauss. You do us proud

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) December 16, 2014

#ChildabuseUK the tip of the iceberg. The poor victims who have suffered all these years.#RevealToHeal

— Trevor Kleinhans (@secretsmakeusic) December 18, 2014

Happy birthday to a #southafrican & icon died too soon #stevebiko would have been 68 today @leftyspeaks @MaxEbrahim @lindanmdl@Chomskiet

— Nazia Peer (@PeerNazia) December 18, 2014

"The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose." - J Martin Kohe

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) December 19, 2014

"Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value." - Desmond Tutu

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) December 19, 2014

Here Comes The Snake In The Grass now available on Kindle. Happy holidays :-)

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) December 22, 2014

This Christmas, say a prayer, spare a thought for the families of 7,588 people who lost their lives to Ebola in 2014.

— Azad Essa (@azadessa) December 24, 2014

All the Chrissy Happiness you wish yourselves dear ones. As Tiny Tim said, "God bless us, everyone." <3

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays and all good things for the #New

— Jann Turner (@JannTurner) December 25, 2014

Enjoying Boxing Day even more than Christmas Day. Some how it's so much nicer when the pressure is off. And then there are leftovers.

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) December 26, 2014


Shaun de Waal (pen name Michael Morain)'s Digital Archive PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 January 2015 23:42

Copyright Holder: Maria Victoria Pereira

Shaun de Waal was born in 1958, in Durban, at Parklands Hospital - where he passed away in 2000, when 42 years old. In 1976 he went to school at Marist Brothers College. He was around 19 years old when he joined the army and then went overseas, to England, Europe, and America. He worked in a clerical position at the Community Development Housing Department of the Post Office and later on graduated from the University of Natal with a BA Degree in Education and Biblical Studies. He then obtained a Teachers Diploma from the Montessori Centre in London. In 1993 he started writing poetry and gained recognition in South Africa, receiving later on an international award in Washington for poetry published in America which earned him a lifetime membership at the International Society of Poets based in Washington DC. Also a songwriter, Shaun was a lifetime member of the Songwriters Club of America. He lectured in Creative Writing part time for the Culture and Working Life Unit at the University of Natal.

Shaun de Waal is one of the founders of the Live Poets Society (LiPS) initiated by Ursula Cox. Together with Nise Malange, he co-edited the book “Poetry for Peace”, the aim of which was reconciliation of communities in South Africa. He also compiled “Radiance”: a collection of poems by Durban poets that was offered to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her visit to Durban in 1999.

While Shaun toured the Americas in his late teens, he was involved for some time with the Rosicrucians and later on also with the Free Masons. However he was basically a freethinker. Brought up as a Catholic, his sister Charmaine remembers him as always kind and placid and very keen to be of help, but with a tendency to be a loner. When very young, he wanted to be a priest. Once he did share with her some vision, where someone dressed in white had come to visit him. In his writings he mentions, having ´met´ Saint Germain, and Victoria remembers that he spoke a lot about this ‘ascended master’, which he tells about in his book, Dragon “Shamballa Stories” ’.

One day Shaun phoned his sister and said, “Sis, are you sitting down? I have some news. I have cancer.” Victoria said she could almost see him saying this and giggling at the same time… Did he ever complain? We don’t think so. Peace to his soul.

As he wrote,

There is not parting

Souls have been touched

There is no fear, no death

One´s tears in going are sweet.

@Michael Morain


The Archive

The “Shaun de Waal Digital Archive” was made possible by Maria Victoria Pereira: the fellow poet to whom, in his will, Shaun left the copyrights of all his works. Below are links to PDF files of De Waal's oeuvre, arranged in order of publication.

Mary: A Christmas Story (1992)

Poetry for Peace (April 1994)

Music in The Earth (1994)

A World to Live In (1994)

Gold Like Dust (1996)

Stories that Heal (1997)

Dragon. Shamballa Stories (1999)

My Life as a Poet (1999)

First the Thunder Then the Morning Comes (2000)

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