One thing that we don’t know about WordPress is that it shows you where most of your readership is coming from and it was to my pleasant surprise that the largest number of people reading my blog are coming from Thailand. So in an appreciation post to my big Thai readership I thought that I would…blog about it.
Thailand features in a book that I’ve been working on for a few years with an undisclosed title…damn when I think about it I have a backlog of books to publish. The area that features in the book is Phuket. Which meant that I ended up doing a lot of research about Thailand specifically the royal family and food (well with the way food loves me are you surprised?). I fell in love with a lot of the stories I read and realized that my weak tongue can’t handle the harsher Thai spices but no guts no glory! One day I’ll be able to eat the hottest Thai dishes.
After reading one of Jojo Moyes’s novels I realized that I couldn’t include anything in my novel about Thailand without actually having been there for a while otherwise my novel would fall into the fugue of badly describing and insulting the native people. They’ve done it many times. As a Zimbabwean every time they mention Zimbabwe or speak in Shona on TV my ears perk up and I’m often irritated with their bad pronunciation or cultural misrepresentation which shows that they didn’t really bother to find out what Zimbabwe is like. I realized that I couldn’t include Phuket in my story until I had been there and felt Thr vibe for myself.
After all my story is largely based in Cape Town and I was able to write in glaring detail about Cape Town because I know that city like my belly button (I don’t use the term back of my head because I don’t actually know the back of my head and if you’ve ever tried to braid your own hair you know you definitely don’t know the back of your head. But my belly button, we’ve known each other for year’s.) Because I’ve lived extensively in Cape Town I could describe it as only a Capetonian could. Phuket should have the same benefit and not like one of those writers tours where you carry around a notebook and take notes on everything but w proper time to live and get the feel of a place.
When I initially joined Clubhouse and was part of a book club I met a lady from Philippines who lived in Thailand. She told us that after being in Thailand nothing surprises her anymore. She lived in Bangkok…i told her that what do you expect from a city named Bangkok💀….i know I’m terrible🙈, but it’s right there🤷🏾♀️🐒. I wonder how Thai people feel about the hyper sexualization of their country though. Due to media I would assume Thai people are more sexually open and accepting but I don’t think they like the levels of hypersexualization to the point of dehumanizing them and the rampant creepy sex tourists in the country. Also the portrayal of many of them as poor when there are a lot of well-to-do and often rich people in the country. But that’s not something for me to speak on but the Thai themselves.
Which means that sometimes next year Covid-allowing and God-willing I’ll be in Thailand for a few months to write my novel. Which I was reminded of because my largest readership is in Thailand and ขอบคุณ(thank you) to all of you💗💖
PS If someone were to mispronounce Phuket it would sound like Fu…okay I’ll behave 🙈💀