tragedy-contradictions-soul searching


It is a tragedy when an iconic site or building is destroyed. The recent case of the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is no exception. It is not the first-time, throughout its long history of over 850 years, that part of the edifice was destroyed by fire. If only the stones can speak…

impasse – beyond and through


The news media and political pundits tire me with their views about the current state of the negotiations around BREXIT. Be it parliament in debate, the news channel live reporting or commenting, newspaper opinions, twitter and facebook barrage, it is tiring. One can speak of BREXIT fatigue. Around Parliament it looks an A&E site. What…

cameos – jumbie on our backs


  Enough pundits are trying their very best to understand and analyse what is currently happening with the polarisations, ineptitude and insularity around the Brexit debacle. There would be more to come on this in the years to. Those of us from the Caribbean and former colonies can only painfully watch things fall apart as…

countering zombification


It is there crawling all over our political processes – from the budget to immigration policies to the rationalising of “cuts” to the tiresome BREXIT.

exorcising the jumbies (or demons): a windrush reflection


Trinidadians and some of the other Caribbean islanders would know of moko jumbies. These tend to be present during Carnival. A moko-jumbie needs to perfect a nimble athleticism on their stilts. Getting and remaining aloft require constantly shifting weight and attention and a graceful dismount is also a necessary skill. I felt the need for…

re-turn-ing – my kolkata (mis)adventure


returning and the imagination Though my ancestors were part of the colonial movement in the exploitation cheap labour from India to the Caribbean (latter part of the 1780’s), I have always postponed travelling to the land they were shipped from. I wished the India of my imagination, largely shaped by my Hindu Grandmother and the…

Rastafarian Notes – Positive Vibrations


I have always found Rastafarians a cathartic breath of spiritual fresh air. Not the “designer dreads” and celebrities sporting neat dreadlocks. I mean those with the signature long, natty dreads on the heads who cite up texts and chant down Babylon with positive vibrations. I recall one of my encounters with a Rastafarian who was…

keep on protesting – it’s cathartic


“If voting changed anything, they would make it illegal.” [Emma Goldman] My instinctive response is wishing to disappear from it all. I mean the current instability, madness, idiotic leadership and the lack of almost everything that can contribute to the common good. My own denomination boasts at being non-conformist with a heart for social justice….

awkward questions, awkward responses


Do you know the United Kingdom has the fifth biggest economy in the world?  Our banking industry is the envy of the world! So why are thousands of people in UK without homes? Why is it that tens of thousands of people visit food-banks every month?  Why an increase in disparities and inequalities? Consider Class,…