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True Leguanites – Herman and Lynette Austin February 3, 2019

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If you know Papa and Rita Austin you know Herman.  He married his childhood sweetheart Lynette and they lived happily every after.   They must be one of the oldest couples in Phoenix Leguan.  Herman was a star batsman on Phoenix Team when he was younger and Lynette, well she was always shy and a behind the scene kind of person but she loved her man to bits.

I grew up in their yard a lot and did a lot of errand for mama Rita her mother in law.  Lynette was always a kind and generous spirit and we got along well.

I remembere them with fondness. I am sure they are one of the oldest couples in the village. God bless them.


Guyanese girl dishes out new music June 9, 2018

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Indo-Guyanese-Mexican on Canadian Idol March 30, 2018

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Congratulations to Alyssa and as Guyanese we are gonna be cheering for you. Proud Guyanese!


Remembering innocence lost October 4, 2017

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Happy Indian Arrival Day To my Guyanese brothers and sisters May 6, 2017

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Aunty Chalma, 89, is the oldest surviving worker of the Leonora Sugar Estate. Her parents were born in India and came to Guyana to work on the sugar plantations. Aunty Chalma cut the ribbon to open the open-air museum on Indian indentureship at the Indian Monument Gardens in Georgetown this afternoon. While today is Arrival Day in recognition of all the peoples who came to Guyana, it remains Indian Arrival Day in recognition of the first set of Indian workers who came to then British Guiana on May 5, 1838.
(This info is from FB) I thought it is so appropriate.

Jolene – new song April 24, 2017

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History of East Indians Presence in Guyana March 7, 2017

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Brigadier David Granger

The Indian presence began with the arrival of indentured immigrants in British Guiana on May 5, 1838 primarily to work on the sugar plantations.

The ethnic origins, occupational diversity and large number of Indians were important determinants of their own destiny and the development of the country. Many were recruited from the heavily-populated, Bhojpuri-speaking area that came to be known as the United Provinces − roughly the present-day Uttar Pradesh − and embarked at emigration depot at Calcutta (now Kolkota).
…The majority of immigrants came from the lower agricultural caste (including chamar); artisan caste (kumhar); cultivator caste (kurmi); grazier caste (ahir); landholding caste (thakur), and priestly caste (brahmin). There were also significant numbers of Muslims and outcasts. Owing to the relative shortage of women immigrants in the early days, there was a degree of miscegenation; some men married or cohabited with African women producing children of mixed blood referred to as ‘douglas.’

Indian indentured labourers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries successfully transplanted their skills from their old homes onto their new. In so doing, they not only displayed a high occupational profile in a number of non-plantation economic activities but helped to diversify the economy of this country.

Others, through thrift, were able to buy freehold land on their own when they left the plantations. As most immigrants had come from agricultural castes, they were able to embark on rice and coconut cultivation and animal husbandry on small holdings as independent peasants. By the end of the 19th century, Indians dominated coconut and rice industries and cattle and dairy farming. The food shortage created by the First World War firmly established Indian-grown rice both as a domestic staple and a major export commodity. This was nothing less than the start of an agrarian revolution that transformed both the economy and society.

Religion has always been central to Indian society. According to Tota Mangar, approximately 83 per cent of the immigrants who came were Hindus, about 14 per cent were Muslims and 3 per cent were Christians. Plantation managers and the colonial administration encouraged Indian religion by permitting free time for the celebration of some festivals such as Holi, and by providing building materials for the construction of mandirs for the Hindus, and masjids for the Muslims.

Indians have left a rich legacy of art, dance, literature and music. Traditional cuisine – the perennially popular curry, puri, roti, bara, kheer – and other vegetable dishes, are widely consumed. Festivals, including the colourful Holi, Diwali, Youman Nabi and Eid-ul-Fitr are today national holidays. Traditional Indian wear – the shalwar, sari, kurta – though no longer everyday wear, have remained very popular especially at festivals, weddings and religious ceremonies. The contributions to sport, especially in the present day feats of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, have become national legends.

The descendants of indentured Indian immigrants and settlers who came to British Guiana between 1838 and 1928 constitute the largest group in the population. Today, they play essential roles in the economic, political and cultural life of the country.