‘Variable Winds’ introduces as to cross cultural marriage in post-colonial Kenya. It washes aside the stereotype behavior of Kenyans who look at tribes in different perspectives while generalizing communities. Mark’s remark that… “She is a kikuyu after all-they have a thing about money.”Pg271 give us a clear indication that, in Kenya you are not judged by your character but from what tribe you come from. Despite the fact that Mark was a man who accepted change, he represents a majority of parents who have stop engagements on the grounds of tribe. Truth be told, fact is that, cross cultural marriages in Kenya are looked at apprehensively, both parties look at them skeptically with a thing in mind, will they work? We see this portrayal in the words of Esther, Wandia’s Sister; “Do you think it will work?” pg264. The bone of contention in this context is, what language will the children speak? How will you, as a woman, interact with your-In-laws? Such questions have created an impediment even to Kenyan Elite who as a matter of fact prefer to marry in their own language. This is also coupled with tribal stereotypes as cited above.
Secondly, we are brought into the reality of HIV/AIDS. Becky suffers from the ailment which sends her to death. AIDS is associated with leaving an amorous life. From the conversation between Wandia and Esther (pg262) and Wandia and Vera (pg280) we learn how promiscuity and lack of care leads to one getting the disease. Wandia openly discusses this to give highlight to readers on the implications of the scourge and how rapid it is spreading.