Caribana’s history…and present-day chaos

Toronto’s annual Carnival celebrations took place a couple of weeks ago, leaving me with a real “Carnival tabanca” (Trini slang used to describe the longing for Carnival). I have been reminiscing a lot about my time ‘on de road’ and also thinking about the current state of the festival, and what the future holds for this Toronto tradition; next year will be Caribana’s 50th anniversary.

Indian Arrival Day

Today marks the 171st anniversary of the first Indian indentured labourers to reach the Caribbean island of Trinidad, aboard the ship Fatel Razak. While the history of the African slave trade is well known, this is not the case for the story of Chinese and Indian indentured labour in the Caribbean. But like other stories of colonialism around…

A different voice

Browsing through my favourite section of a local bookstore (adventure and literary travel) , I noticed that the vast majority of books displayed were written by authors with Western names, that there were few authors whose names weren’t European or of European heritage (to be honest, I don’t recall seeing a single book by an author with an…

Racial/cultural profiling on Instagram

Dear Instagram, I do not appreciate your racial/cultural profiling (see screenshot below). Ugh. Can’t a girl just be single and loving life and also enjoy the occasional Indian fashion photo? Please serve me more ads for fine rum, adventure travel and upcoming concerts – not this crap. And just so you know, I am not…