Report from Malawi
Malawi, in Africa, is a place where very few have heard of Krsna. But there are many people here who are always ready to buy the books, and as soon as they look at them, they say how beautiful they are.
Once I went into a bakery named Ali Baba Bakery and showed the books to the fair-skinned man at the cash counter. His name was Nicholas and he was immediately interested. He took SSR, Raja Vidya, Beyond Birth and Death, and Perfection of Yoga. He paid half the amount and asked me to come and collect the other half on the next day.
The next day he asked me whether I had the book with the silver cover (Coming Back) that I was carrying the previous day, but that was the last copy we had in stock and had already been distributed. He looked disappointed, but then when I showed him the Bhagavad Gita and asked him whether he knew something about it. He said that he knew what the Gita was and immediately bought it. The next day I took the temple copy of Coming Back, and he bought it. I keep meeting him regularly and give him prasadam and discuss the philosophy.
Once while I was walking on the street, I heard someone behind ask me if I was a Hare Krsna. I was surprised, as not many people in Malawi know about the Hare Krsnas, and so I asked him how he knew. He told me that he has a friend in Ivory Coast, West Africa, who is a Hare Krsna (wears saffron) and keeps calling him and asking him if he has got the Gita yet. I showed him the Gita, but as he did not have the money at that time. We just exchanged contacts. His name was Mavin and he was a Malawian. He met me after a few days when he had the money and got the Gita. Haribol!
One time I entered into small shop and showed the books to the shop owner, whose name was Yohanna. He saw the books and said that they were good books, but he did not have money and asked me to come back at the end of the month. As I was busy with the book stall at the Malawi Trade Fair, I was not able to go to him at the end of the month. Later, when I went to him again, he said that he thought I had forgotten him and thanked me for remembering him and coming again. He said that he wanted to take many of the books and fill up a shelf in his home for his two-year-old daughter to eventually read. He said that his daughter was very intelligent. She was already speaking three languages English, Chichewa, and Chitumbuku and he wanted her to grow up reading these books. But as he had no money again, he asked me to come back at the end of the month.