No man is an island entire unto himself…

First Lady, Sandra Granger, weighs in on the deaths of the 17 prisoners last week: “I have been following the issue of the prison riots and the deaths of 17 prisoners and injury to others, and the comments made in the social media. Some have leapt to ascribe blame. While some recognise the common humanity we share with these men, I am disturbed that many also seem to think that they got their ‘just desserts,’ as well as the contemptuous dismissal of these men. No one is claiming that any of these men were angels or saints. The fact is, … Continue reading No man is an island entire unto himself…

The performing selfie

Photo by Mark Lyndersay If you went to Carnival and didn’t take a selfie, Instagram it, Facebook it and Tweet it, did it even happen? There’s a very interesting interview on Global Voices about Trinidad’s 2016 carnival last month from which photographer Sarita Rampersad created a collection of revelers taking selfies. What a great idea! We here in Guyana are definitely living in the age of the selfie and there would be ample opportunity to create a similar collection. We did not have Mash this year so maybe someone can take this up at the 50th? Maybe I’ll do it, … Continue reading The performing selfie

Callaloo juice and other challenges

Happy new year! I know, I know – I’m exactly two months too late. The intention, of course, was to begin blogging again on the 1st of the (then) new year. And the intention for about three months before the end of 2015 was to continue blogging. Every week I’d think “I should really do that” and then I’d go do something else. But, here we are. It’s 2016! I’ve been a little (okay, a lot) susceptible to the little unproductive voices in my head telling me that I’d write something tomorrow (I really believed them). But I’m happy to … Continue reading Callaloo juice and other challenges

Charity: The Elite’s Virtuous Weapon

Once again, great piece of writing by the Guyana Mosquito.  I touched on the topic of charity in my early days as a remigrant and made the faux pas of criticizing one particular act of charity I couldn’t wrap my head around. Cue the colourful comments. The idea that not all charity is good or that charity itself is a problematic enterprise is almost unheard of in Guyana, a country seemingly overflowing with charity at times, as the author explains below, and where there appears to be a perpetual blind spot. Anyway, this piece popped up on my Facebook feed … Continue reading Charity: The Elite’s Virtuous Weapon

There is a paucity of women on the state boards

Dear Editor, I continue to wish the government well, in part because the PPP/C-led government was so thoroughly corrupt. In spite of this, however, and although I am unwilling to give Mr Rohee ammunition he can use in his so far ridiculous PR campaign against the coalition, I feel compelled to speak out. The GHRA’s excellent statement of Wednesday July 29 has drawn widespread attention to the paucity of women on the newly-announced state boards in the finance sector; only three out of 32 new chairs of these boards are women, and only 22 out of 125 board members nominated … Continue reading There is a paucity of women on the state boards

Of Love and Other Demographics

“Any discussion of demographics is about race, and it’s about migration — but if not stifled by taboo, it’s also about that most unpredictable of variables, for the political scientist or anyone else: love, which causes people to cross in their daily lives the fault lines that history has created and that elections here enunciate. With the May 2015 contest decided by only 4,500 votes, it may have hinged on an elusive, hard-to-map group: interracial couples and their mixed-race children.” More of this thought provoking piece by Gaiutra Bahadur here. Continue reading Of Love and Other Demographics

Guyana’s Renaissance

Yesterday, I read an article about the Renaissance which suggested that it was not as much of a positive period as popular opinion would have us believe. Rather, the author suggested that the Middle Ages preceding it was more advanced; he was less than impressed with the Renaissance’s penchant for nostalgia and looking backwards. Whether it was a greater advance than the Middle Ages, there is no denying that the period produced some of the most beautiful art and literature. This made me wonder whether Guyana was due for a Renaissance any time soon. After all, we have a population … Continue reading Guyana’s Renaissance

Disaster preparedness: Grin and bear it

Just two weeks ago, someone told me that the rainy weather was officially over and we were in for some hot times. I remember this because I am not fond of the heat and I was bracing myself for sunburn, sweating, and just generally feeling gross and unattractive all the time. Just kidding – this is an all year round state of affairs (although much, much worse when it’s especially hot). Well. That person, like most people who like to make weather forecasts, was clearly wrong. Last week, it rained. And it rained. And it rained. And it flooded. Most … Continue reading Disaster preparedness: Grin and bear it