Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad & Tobago

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The Biography of Sat MaharajAn authorised biography by Kumar Mahabir

xii + 250  pages.
8¾ x 5½ inches Paperback  ISBN 978-976-8249-70-8
Published by The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS)
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Satnarayan (“Sat”) Maharaj is a religious and cultural leader in Trinidad and Tobago. He is the Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, the major Hindu organisation in the multi-ethnic society. As much as he is criticised, Sat is also hailed as a champion of Hindus and Indians in the country. Moreover, he is described as the most influential and longest-serving Hindu spokesman outside of India.

Sat struggled tirelessly to change the symbol of the nation’s highest award from the Trinity Cross to the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, Sat fought against discrimination when the Maha Sabha was denied a radio broadcast licence by the then Government. He has contributed significantly to national development in the fields of religion, education and culture.

Under The Peepal Tree

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Under The Peepal Treeby Vashti Bowlah

Cover Art and Illustrations by Vashti Bowlah
Cover Design and page layout by Preddie Partap
Foreword by Professor Ken Ramchand
2014. 160pp. ISBN 978-976-8249-16-6
5 x 8 inches. Paperback
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Nostalgic, evocative and entertaining! These words sum up the 16 stories in this debut collection which center on the lives, culture and heritage of East Indians in Trinidad & Tobago, appealing to readers from ages nine to ninety.

These stories reflect on the humble lifestyles, struggles and hardships of the lower income groups where parents often made tremendous sacrifices to ensure that their children have a chance of a better life.

There are stories about love, loss, relationships, traditions, arranged marriages, domestic abuse, folklore, and many other themes we can all relate to. Some of the stories take us back to when aajee sat by the chulha to make roti, children played hopscotch together, or having a black and white television meant you were part of the elite. There are stories to make you laugh while others will make you cry.

Weaving Water

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Weaving-WaterA novel by Ryhaan Shah

Publisher: Cutting Edge Press
320 pp ISBN: 9781908122377
Binding: Hardback and Paperback
RRP: 14.99

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In 1917, the last ship taking indentured labourers from India to the sugar plantations of British Guiana sets sail, taking with it Rampat and Parvati, a childless couple looking for a new future. During a furious storm at sea, a child is born and put into their arms as the unwed mother dies. They adopt the child and call her Neela.

From the outset, Neela’s birth engenders talk of the mystery surrounding the legend of the sea goddess, Ganga. Fifteen years later, and Neela seems to imbibe some of this adoration and fear herself, viewed as both divine and human; a destroyer and saviour.

Neela’s story, told against the backdrop of the growing racial conflict between Indians and Africans, reveals a country and a people shaped by history and mythological superstition.

Caribbean Issues in the Indian Diaspora

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Caribbean-IssuesEdited by Kumar Mahabir

2013. xvi + 270 pp. 5¾ x 8¾ inches. ISBN: 9788183876049
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The chapters in the book have been classified into four sections: emotions, assimilation, identity, and adaptations. The first section illustrates the neglect of emotions and feelings in the historiography of the people of the Bhojpuri areas in India who migrated to the plantation colonies in the Caribbean, and elsewhere. The second section analyses assimilation, mainly in the form of Christian conversion of Hindu and Muslim migrants, which resulted in the absence of mandirs and mosques, and the virtual lack of traditional Indian festivals and ceremonies in Belize, Venezuela and St. Lucia. The third section in the collection deals with the plurality of ethnic identities, which is in fact the opposite of assimilation. The last section discusses the social adaptations and reproductions in forms such as Islamic spaces in politics as well as Bollywood movies. This compilation of scholarly work includes new areas of study and fresh perspectives of timeworn topics.

The Indian Diaspora: Historical and Contemporary Context

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indiaEdited by Laxmi Narayan Kadekar, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Gauri Bhattacharya

2009. 275 pp. 5¾ x 8¾ inches. ISBN 81-316-0210-9
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Table of Contents : Old Indian Diaspora –

  • Language Loss, Language Maintenance: The Case of Bhojpuri and Hindi in Mauritius – Vinesh Hookoomsing
  • Urbanism and Death of Religion: Strategies of Religious Manifestation on Modern Society – P. Pratap Kumar
  • Ethnicity, Class, State and Conflict: The ‘Indian Question’ in Natal, South Africa – Brij Maharaj
  • The Relevance of Life History Writings as a Methodological Technique of Social Inquiry: The Autobiography of Munshi Rahman Khan in Understanding the Indian Diaspora – Mohan K. Gautam
  • The Indian Diaspora in the West Indies/Caribbean: A Cultural History of Trials and Tribulations – Kumar Mahabir
  • Transforming Diaspora: Familiarity with Indian Terrains – Karthiyaini Devarajoo.

New Indian Diaspora – Chapters on

  • Migration if IT and Health Professionals
  • Globalisation
  • India’s Hyderabadis
  • Emerging Issues in Greater India
  • Shock of Return

Indian Caribbean Folklore Spirits

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Indian-Caribbean-Folklore-SpiritsKumar Mahabir.
Illustrations by Aneesa Khan

2010. 32 pp. 9 x 7¾ inches.
ISBN 978-976-95049-5-0-2-0. Paperback.
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This captivating book provides details of the presence of a brood of spirits believed to roam the Caribbean since the abolition of slavery. For the first time in history, the existence of these spirits is being revealed collectively to the general public, in this compilation. These supernatural beings are (1) the raa-khas – a deformed, demonic newborn child, (2) the chu-rile – a spirit of a deceased pregnant woman, (3) the saap-in – a woman who transforms into a snake, (4) Dee Baba – a mythical protector of the house and land, and (5) the jinn, Sheik Sadiq – a spirit that can be captured in a bottle to grant wishes. Written for readers of all ages, every page of the five stories is enhanced with beautiful coloured illustrations.

Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean

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Indian-Diaspora-in-the-CaribbeanEdited by Kumar Mahabir

2009. xiii + 234 pp. 5¾ x 8¾ inches. ISBN 978-81-8387-224-9
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The collection in this volume consists of 13 chapters written on a broad range of themes such as indentureship, migration, racism, violence, conversion, acculturation, music, education, politics, identity and globalisation. Four of the chapters are on Trinidad, four on Guyana, one each on St. Vincent, Grenada, Suriname and Martinique, and one on the Caribbean in general. The volume is the latest, and one of the most comprehensive works published on East Indians in the Caribbean.