Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2014

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.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • About Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Finding family roots in ancestral India – Editorial
  • Greetings from the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar
  • Greetings from the Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism – Dr. The Honourable Lincoln Douglas
  • Greetings from the Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration – Dr. The Honourable Rodger Samuel
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Meeting distant relatives
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Falling at our feet
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Houses of grass and clay
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Making pottery from clay
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Vegetable gardens
  • Ramesh Ramcharan- Grinding sugarcane
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Bulls ploughing fields
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Cows treading paddy
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Children in school yard
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Washing dishes
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Performing pooja [ceremonial worship]
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Fanning wheat
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Strange garments
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Like Trinidad villages in the 1960s
  • Ramesh Ramcharan – Visiting relatives’ homes
  • Ramnarace Dwarika – The resemblance was noticeable
  • Ramnarace Dwarika – Ownership of land
  • Ramnarace Dwarika – Panchayat [village court]
  • Ramnarace Dwarika – Chewing paan
  • Dr. Dev Ramoutar – Touched by their lives
  • Dr. Dev Ramoutar – Contentment
  • Veda Marimuthu – Due respect
  • Veda Marimuthu – A granddaughter’s return
  • Veda Marimuthu – Relatives across the sea
  • Shamshu Deen – The weaver’s bond
  • Shamshu Deen – Offered namaaz [prayer]
  • Vishnu Bisram – A very emotional welcome
  • Vishnu Bisram – A taxi in the village
May-June 2014 11 x 8 ½ inches.
Glossy pages and cover.
ISSN 1683-4143
64 pages with advertisements and articles.

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