Between Murky Waters And Silver Lining

For followers of Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Chinese year of the water dragon. According to one source, the dragon is a major symbol…

Rough Ahead For J’ca

Jamaicans have entered the New Year in a season of economic turbulence. Layoffs and rising prices are the order of the order due to…

Can’t Be Business As Usual For Caricom

THE Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), after prolonged delay, have finally selected a new secretary general for the regional grouping in…

Rugby Brethren…

In Marabella, just off the main road, there is a small village called Bayshore known by most as the notorious “Train Line”. …

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Brasil’s To Lose

When the 18th FIFA World Cup kicks off in just a few days, the principal debate among all fans is sure to centre on who will win and lose, who will emerge as the player of the finals and who…

Wendy’s Coming Of Age

This is a cleverly written book because it employs a series of signifying practices in order to communicate the story of a young Trinidadian woman who has touched international celebrity status, dealt with it elegantly, and returned home to life…

Choosing ‘restless Unease’

“The energy business is very dangerous.” Most people who work in the energy sector readily agree with this declaration from BPTT CEO and chairman Robert Riley.…

When Chutney Goes Bollywood

Rasika gestured towards the page in her hand. “Seven verses! You mad? You think people here going to stop and listen to all that? Here you does sing two lines to ketch them and buss it.” Rasika Dindial, the ‘Rani’…

Negotiating Pan’s Labyrinth

It might have been said that there he was only protecting his own. From the first he had been admitted to live in the intimacy of the family of the hotel-keeper who was a countryman of his. Old Giorgio Viola, a Genoese with a shaggy white leonine head—often called simply “the Garibaldino” (as Mohammedans are called after their prophet)—was, to use Captain Mitchell’s own words, the “respectable married friend” by whose advice Nostromo had left his ship to try for…

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Existential Threats In The Caribbean

I don’t want to sound alarmist; but I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that under a business as usual scenario,…

Soharee And Steelpan

Over and over, the deep-seated self-devaluation lurking deep inside the Caribbean psyche keeps tripping us up.  At every opportunity to step forward and declare…

How Long It Go Take?

Trinidad (not Tobago) has always struck me as an extremely conservative place. Almost as a matter of course people take the shortest possible view.…

Portrait Of An Unsung Singer

Munilal Sagar Sookraj was a veritable storehouse of knowledge on East Indian music in Trinidad and the Caribbean. He was a singer, percussionist and…