Finding family roots in ancestral India
Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2014) in Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean). The theme of the magazine which marks the arrival of East Indians/South Asians from India to Trinidad during indentureship (1845-1917) is “Finding family roots in ancestral India.”
This edition of the magazine captures the experiences of six persons of Indian origin from the Caribbean who were successful in finding their distant relatives in ancestral India. Ramesh Ramcharan, Ramnarace Dwarika, Dev Ramoutar, Veda Marimuthu, Shamshu Deen and Vishnu Bisram share their sentimental experiences through spontaneous words and selected photographs. In their narratives, they paint a moving picture, filled with amazing discoveries and extraordinary kindness. These five men and one woman went to India separately and at different times (1998, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2012). Their spell-binding accounts engage readers in such a way that they are made to feel part of the returnees’ personal experiences. Their stories allow readers to connect – in a very real way – to a past and a place that some people could only have imagined when listening to the stories of their grandparents. These real-life narratives are invaluable sources of information, and the accounts presented in the magazine cannot be found collectively in any book or on the internet. They contribute a unique and precious aspect to the historiography on indentureship.