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PROFILE OF THE YEAR: By Dr Dhanpaul Narine In 2018, Rudra Jayanta Bhagawati was returning to India with warm memories. He was sent by the Government of India to teach classical dance to Guyanese. Jayanta was based at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Georgetown, but he traveled around Guyana to meet with the people and to get them interested...
By Dr Dhanpaul Narine The remote control lay idly on the bed. We were about to leave the room when we decided to put on the television. A man was reporting something about a demonstration. We had little time for it. We were from New York. Little did we know that one of us would be interviewed by that same...
By Aminta Kilawan Narine, Esq. What are some signs that a community is flourishing? Could it be a robust local economy? A strong social fabric or “sense of place”? Increased employment opportunities? Quality infrastructure such as roads and sanitation? Or perhaps, the clearest sign is access to recreational areas and public spaces. The South Queens neighborhoods of South Richmond Hill and...
ON DRIVE with Sham Samaroo November 24, 2023 If for a moment there you thought this was about today’s generation of emotional misfits, you could be forgiven. Our society seems to have raised a generation of mental midgets for whom simple, everyday challenges become traumatic experiences crying out for counseling and therapy. As an educator for the past 38 years both...

‘A Soul Within a Soul’

  GEORGETOWN, GUYANA: Guyanese Artist Compton Babb has once again elevated to a higher standard with this amazing portrait of Guyanese businessman Mr. Azruddin Mohamed. The oil painting of Mr. Mohamed stands at 5’x4’. The painting was rendered in about 1600 hours of hard work and uninterrupted concentration. Mr Babb described the painting as follows: "The painting is titled 'A soul within a...

Diwali 2023 in New York

By Dr Vishnu Bisram Diwali is very important in the lives of Indo-Caribbean Hindus in the Caribbean and North America and the diaspora (UK, France, Holland, etc.) in general. In communities across the diaspora, particularly in new York, Florida, Toronto, etc. Indo-Caribbean Hindus eagerly anticipate the festival. In the past, Diwali was known to be celebrated with great fervor. In the...
By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine It was spectacular and unforgettable. The crowds took over the entire block, many bedecked in traditional wear and to the sounds of music for Diwali. It was the annual Diwali “Light Up Liberty Avenue” celebration and was aptly held at the junction of Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard, in the heart of Little Guyana. The weather...
By Vishnu Bisram Supporters of the opposition PNC in Guyana expressed disappointment in the leadership of Aubrey Norton. Fearing Leader Aubrey Norton can’t take them to victory, supporters of the opposition PNC would like to have an early party congress to choose new leadership. In an ongoing survey being conducted by this writer for NACTA on contemporary issues since early...

Ceasefire Now

By Aminta Kilawan-Narine As Indo-Caribbeans and as people of faith, we need to care about the atrocious loss of life occurring in Palestine, and the decades upon decades of violence resulting in deplorable living conditions for Palestinians. To assume what is occurring is anything less than genocide would be wholly ignorant. The conflict between Israel and Palestine is rooted in colonialism,...
Reviewed By Chaitram Aklu In September 2023, Somnauth Narine published Rage from the Backwater A Novel – a realistic suspense fiction. It is the writer’s first novel which could easily lead the reader to conclude the book is a non fiction. The author uses fictional names for his characters and real place names for the setting, which could make the...
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