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….