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A life that has come full circle. Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad
Naipaul who passed away on August 11, 2018 would have been 86th
birthday. It is almost like the old colonial rhyme, if Naipaul’s life can be minimalized
into the weeklong life and times of Solomon Grundy.

 But with all the acclamation pouring in on his death, the
awards he has from the literary world including the highest – the Nobel Award
for Literature; with more than 30 works to his name, two honours from the Queen
of the Commonwealth, and as holder of the highest national honour of Trinidad
and Tobago – the Trinity Cross, it cannot be said that Sir Vidia died
‘unnecessary and unaccommodated.’ (See Reflections on Naipaul this blog)

His works demonstrate that throughout his life he was
somewhat haunted by the sense of non-belonging and metaphoric homelessness that
surfaces in many of his works, captured in the early pronouncement in his epic
and most quoted biographical novel, A House for Mr Biswas: “How terrible it would have been…to have
lived without attempting to lay clam to one’s portion of the earth; to have
lived and died as one had been born, unnecessary and unaccommodated.”
To recognize the value and volume of his literary
contribution we will embark on a yearlong series of LiTTributes to the
LaureaTTes here and abroad in keeping with the LiTTributes that followed the
publication of LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago.  See article image this page.
As
has been well -recognised in the critical acclaim, LiTTscapes defines and
captures the ‘sense of place’ of Naipaul and a hundred other writers, locating
them not only in landmarks, but also in cultures, lifestyles and experiences of
small island life.
The Year of LiTTributes to the LaureaTTes follows the Year
of Derek Walcott,   spearheaded with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in his 75th
years in conjunction with the Trinidad Theatre Worksop.(See Nobel Tears for and of A Neobel Bard this blog)
We are inviting collaborations and partnerships for The Year
of LiTTributes to the LaureaTTes by which we will revive appreciation, respect
and understanding of the land, culture and peoples that inspired the works of
Trinidad-born Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul who passed away last week  on August 11, 2018, and Nobel Laureate Derek
Walcott who died two years ago on March 17, 2017.
There has been much talk of how Naipaul may be remembered by
the land of his birth, if at all. As I reminded on the death of Nobel Laureate
Derek Walcott with whom I collaborated over several years for culling a
literarily-friendly environment, we are not doing them, but ourselves, any
favours by such remembrances. All we can aim to do is pass on the value of
their ingenuity to next generations that is reflected in their life’s work.
It is understanding and appreciating the knowledge
traditions from which we have emerged to balance the celebration of mindlessness
which art we are also known to have refined and along the lines of presenting
this through events, activities and collaborations at home and abroad.
LiTTributes and LiTTours have already been staged across the
Caribbean, the Americas, Canada, the UK and Europe.
Following the launch of
LiTTscapes at WhiteHall one of the Magnificent Seven in Port of Spain which
featured children reading and dramatisations and local cuisine represented in
LiTTscapes,  the first Li
TTribute to the
Republic took place in Trinidad and Tobago in commemoration of the Jubilee year
of Independence, and Republican status, hosted by the First Lady of Trinidad
and Tobago, Dr Jean Ramjohn Richards and the author of Li
TTscapes at the 19th century
Knowsley Building in Trinidad’s capital.
LiTTribute to the Mainland,
Guyana was held in collaboration with Heritage building, Moray House and Guyana
Drama Guild with dances and dramatisations. Head of the Guyana Prize for literature
provided an appraisal and review of LiTTscapes. LiTTribute to the Antilles in
Antigua featured veteran authors and poets as well as the young poets, staged
amidst the heritage collections of the Antigua Museum
LiTTribute
to LondonTTown featured dramatisation by the filmmaker son of Caribbean
literary

icon Royston Heath who carries his name, BBC’s Ros Atkins, director of
the Commonwealth Foundation, writer Lakshmi Persaud and others. Other
LiTTributes have been staged in Europe, America and Canada.

In Naipaul’s acknowledgement of the value to him of my first
book   Finding A Place, – that it unearths much
about his father Seepersad, that he, Naipaul did not know is the value to many other
Trinbagonian families in the diaspora whose history and heritage Finding
A Place
traces back the hundred years from Naipaul acclaimed as “The
Lord of the English Language” through their processes of social, political and
cultural adaptation since their departure from the Motherland.
Now out of print and evolving into an illustrated multimedia
new edition, Finding a Place has been critically acclaimed as an original
and groundbreaking study in its mapping of the literary history and heritage of
our islands and the antecedents of writers as Sir Vidia Naipaul as it traces
the social, political, cultural and literary processes over the century that
saw the blossoming of a national literature and the nation of Trinidad and
Tobago into Independence.
It’s blurb reads:
“Kris
Rampersad’s book takes an intimate look at the blossoming of Trinidad s
literary consciousness. Through the eyes and the words of the writers, she maps
their contribution to Indo Trinidadian literature from those evolutionary years
in 1850, to its flowering in the 1950s. It also represents a close look at the
exciting oral culture of these people as depicted by their music, dance and
storytelling, and examines the biographies of the main figures who contributed
to social, cultural, economic and political development throughout this period.
While the main focus of the work is on language and literary development, other
aspects of Trinidad’s development are also explored cross-culturation,
politics, race relations, social mobility and women’s issues in relation to
their influence and impact on the writings. Further, the raw material of
Finding A Place (12 little-known and rare publications between 1850 and 1950)
introduce a new set of data through which the evolution of Trinidad and Tobago
can be examined by others.
It involved intimate study of many families and not only
Naipaul and other writers, examined through family lore and reports,
manuscripts and collections. I looked at  housed at the Naipaul collections at Universities
in America and Britain but written and oral accounts of many family histories
in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. This knowledge fed into LiTTscapes
as well. I am in the process of collating the full array of this research for
future study.  (See more this blog
Demokrissy – www.kris-rampersad.blogspot.com).
The Limitless Year of LiTTributes to the Laureate
These are the islands that nurtured the literary leanings
and the genius of the likes of Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul and
substantially inspired Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and the literary canon of
Trinidad and Tobago. This is what Finding a Place began and LiTTscapes
celebrate. The LiTTributes and LiTTours launched in conjunction with the book
invite intimate engagement with not only writers, but to engage with those
elements of value in whatever spheres and fields, that create and sustain a
nation, including spheres of education.
The Year of LiTTributes to Laureates recall our ‘Year of
Derek Walcott’ which included Evening Epic under the patronage of the then President
of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency George Maxwell Richards and the piloted five
awards for literature, drama and film in conjunction with the Trinidad Theatre
Workshop while we were producing Walcott’s musical Steel.
“From the Year of Derek Walcott, St Lucia developed and
instituted on its national events’ calendar a week in tribute to its Nobel
Laureates. Movie Towne, which was a sponsor of what we pitched as the award for
film scripts, developed that with its partners into what has now become a
national film festival. Many of those who participated in those awards
developed confidence to advance their creative interests and there were many
other spinoffs.
The tribute to Naipaul, took place four years earlier, on
Naipaul’s receipt of his Nobel Laureate in 2001.  
With Naipaul’s Laureate, the then Minister of Culture, Ganga
Singh, had endorsed a proposal for then new National Library to be named after
Naipaul but there was widespread negative reception, even from among the so-
called intellectual and academic and many who should know better and be
supporting efforts to forge an enlightened society, not tear it apart.
Surveying the state of the country, riddled with crime, mindlessness and
disrespect of elders, groups and others, some of them may want to rethink their
stance and let go of animosities or other hostilities and recalcitrance in the
interest of next generations.
We invite individuals, groups, corporations, industry and
others in the national to international spheres to become partners and
associates. The ‘Year of LiTTributes to the LaureaTTes’ will include a number
of grassroots-driven developmental actions that would secure legacies of
learning, aspirations for excellence and appreciation for generations to come,
while stimulating new paths for economic, cultural, social and political
development.
We lament the state of our society but we do not take the
actions to transform it. We have a historically ingrained cultural habits that
scoff and downplay achievement, intelligence, knowledge and book learning and
we are still saddled with systems that treat literature and learning as
elitist, exclusive clubs and cliques. 
LiTTributes have infinite number of forms with a blueprint of many
exciting actions for anyone who may be interested in meaningful social development
and cultural transformation. These include but are not limited to developmental
initiatives associated with sprucing up or engagement with the natural, built
and cultural environment, some of which have been promoted by LiTTours and
LiTTeas and LiTTevents, but there are many more in our bag of innovation and
imagination.
Awareness and appreciation are precursors to respect and
understanding that break down animosities, make connections, foster
intergenerational and elderly appreciation and value the positive and creative
stimuli that spring from our natural social and cultural impulses, so as to
downplay those negative elements. By this, we will be not only reclaiming
‘writers’ in the process, but our environment and people as well.
A more successful education system would tap into this, not
try to impose forms and formats that frustrate the development and blossoming
of natural talents. Naipaul in fact summed up the education system in his
rather succinct satirical statement placed in the mouth a caricature of one of
his teachers as Queen’s Royal College, “the purpose of education is to form,
not to inform.” We are reaping the whirlwind of this depreciation of knowledge
and intelligence and uninformed approaches to development.
Dubbed  ‘the reading
room outside the reading room,’ with LiTTscapes, LiTTributes, LiTTours
and related events, existing arenas become our classroom, whether it is
industrial or community spaces and our medium is those already practiced
lifestyle and habits — the vast and open landscapes, cultures, habits and
activities through which persons of any age, any field, interest or discipline
can identify, participate and share confidently his/her or their value with
others. They are geared to reawaken our sense of self, as several of the
reviewers of LiTTscapes have noted, but also to attract interest, and
investment as well. So the targets are not only to children and families and
communities and schools, but the industries and industrialists, social planners
and investors as well in a range of spheres too, who want to distill the best
of what they have to offer to their employees, investors and others. Other specific
elements of the vision to encourage those with resources to make more
meaningful investments in developing the social and cultural capitals of the
fields, spheres and districts they occupy – and not just in the physical sense
– will unfold as we move forward. There are many ways we can plant the best of
us into the landscapes and mindscapes of our country and people for the better
evolution of our society.
For books, bookings and to advance partnerships and
collaborations email Dr Rampersad with the subject ‘Laureates’ at lolleaves@gmail.com
and visit and follow developments on social media.

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Demokrissy: Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s …

Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
See Also:
Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Related:
Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
See Also:
Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Related:
Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Others: Demokrissy: Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 …

Apr 07, 2013
Old Casked Rum: The
Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had
the rounds of consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we
have a sense of direction that will drive …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013
Valuing Carnival The
Emperor’s New Tools#2. 

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s New …

Oct 20, 2013
Choosing the Emperor’s
New Troops. The dilemma of choice. Voting is supposed to be an … Old Casked
Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 10:36 AM …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Carnivalising the
Constitution People Power …

Feb 26, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Envisioning
outside-the-island-box … – Demokrissy – Blogger

Feb 10, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Futuring the Post-2015
UNESCO Agenda

Apr 22, 2014
It is placing
increasing pressure for erasure of barriers of geography, age, ethnicity,
gender, cultures and other sectoral interests, and in utilising the tools
placed at our disposal to access our accumulate knowledge and technologies
towards eroding these superficial barriers. In this context, we believe that
the work of UNESCO remains significant and relevant and that UNESCO is indeed
the institution best positioned to consolidate the ….. The Emperor’s New
Tools …

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Reflections and Memoires on the death of Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul

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Flashback: Trinidad Author Dr Kris Rampersad in Tete a Tete with Nobel Laureate Sir Vidya Naipaul
(August 17,1932 to August 11, 2018)
Condolences to those in the literary world, mourning the passing of Trinidad-born British writer, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, though I would not hazard a guess at how his soul may receive that notion of anyone mourning him as it transitions on to its next calling. Having left in his wake – pun intended – a reputation as the writer people love to hate, particularly many who have not read him and, not the least, many in the land of his birth, Trinidad and Tobago,  Sir Vidia died just a few days short of his 85th birthday on August 11, 2018.

I have never felt the need to rise in defense of Naipaul, as it is the nature of the literary mind to invite dissension and criticism to provoke so as to stimulate and expand critical thinking and curiosity about the world around us and I have urged my students to treat his work as such. These few thoughts on his passing are not so much a literary reflection, as some personal musings.

 It remains one of my treasured memories of receiving what might be termed some rare praise or compliment from the literary laureate during his visit to Trinidad and Tobago just about a decade ago. 

I approached him to introduce myself while he was sitting alone after the tea break for the conference: “Let me introduce myself. I am Kris Rampersad.” 

Dr Kris Rampersad in tete-a-tete with Nobel Laureate

Sir Vidia Naipaul on a visit to in 2007 from LiTTscapes

featured in Beyond Survival by Jai Parasram

He surprised me when his eyes lit up with knowledge and even before I had finished he promptly said, “Yes, Yes. You wrote that book. You discovered so much about my father that I did not know.” Of course I was surprised that he knew my name before I had even finished pronouncing it, and that he would acknowledge that so guilelessly as it is widely reported how sparsely he is in acknowledging any human complicity. As he motioned to the empty chair next to him, he invited discussion about his father, one of the subjects of my research on our literary history which included the works of Seepersad Naipaul, a journalist and short story writer to whom Naipaul’s writing ambition and subsequent successes that he lived to witness was wish fulfilment. I would myself begin my journalism career at the newspaper where Naipaul’s father worked as a journalist and with which Naipaul himself treats in his most impactful work, the modern epic, A House for Mr Biswas.
At UNESCO sharing an evening in literary tribute

with writers of the world

Naipaul was of course referring to my first book, Finding A Place, derived from my doctoral desertation, that traced the literary consciousness and the experience  of migration by a group who came with little knowledge of English and little else but a vibrant culture and heritage and within a century produced, among other things,  a writer acclaimed as “Lord of the English Language”. Within the hundred-year period under study, it mapped the literary heritage and history as well as from the embryonic stage, the coming of age of not only literature but the nation. By that process, it was also journalistic history as well as available writings were in magazines and newspapers and newsletters of the time.  While the intention was a work of literary criticism, because of the dearth  it turned into a work of literary heritage and history and in many ways is the precursor to my more recent book, LiTTscapes and its now related and offspring activitiesLiTTours, LiTTributes, LiTTea and LiTTevents aimed at stimulating literary consciousness and developing a literate environment.

I recall the painful days sifting through dusty old newspapers, church and family records papers, letters and documents, eyes watering and nose running from the dusts, not knowing the impact that may have been having on my health. I believe Naipaul’s “praise” and the modicum of admiration – if one may call it that – that I recognised in his voice was a complicit understanding of the challenges we face to go behind the regurgitated colonial literature and records and documentation to unearth history in a more unadulterated form, and to lay bare truths that have most shifting uncomforatably because they hit too close to home. 

I had during that research had occasion to write to him for permission to delve into his archives which he had sold to the University of Tulsa, a story I broke in the local newpaper as a journalist, before moving on to advance that research, dabble in academia. I became privy to some memorable insights into the delibreate genius that went into his construction of some of his creative works.  

I had also shared another forum with Sir Naipaul, when I was invited as a guest of the Government of India to its first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas of 2003 in New Delhi in celebration of ‘non-resident Indians’ of the Diaspora where Laureates Naipaul and Amartya Sen were guests of honour.  Later I would be the guest of Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of Indian and then Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat who was embroiled in one of the most testing periods in his political career who had agreed to the meeting to accommodate my inqusistioning of India’s complex socio-political tapestry.   

Meeting with Narendra Modi then Minister of Gujarat

now PM of India , first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2003

Two years earlier, I was pulling hairs to drum up a national Tribute to Naipaul when he was named Nobel Laureate, and working to secure and restore his family home as a literary centre as well as promote plans for the then spanking new National Library to be renamed in his honour (which has gone the way of all things heritage in these parts – to dust!) 

The international media would quote me on the award of Naipaul’s laureate “as a writer trying to escape his past” and republish two of my larger reflective pieces on his works  some 30 books, several short stories and countless articles (Listing of Naipauls’ writing are in the bibliographies of both Finding a Place and LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction along with their comprehensive detailing of other writings on and about Trinidad and Tobago.

It is conicidental that Naipaul’s passing comes as I try to redirect my energies, reviewing my piles of research, writings, articles published and unpublished that have remained unattended to as I tried to cull an environment that is appreciative of the enoromous creativity our islands have spawned, which environment instead is much more content to heap derision and scorn on its better selves. 

five year period of collaboration with our other Nobel Laureate of Literature, Derek Walcott (who, incidentally would refer to and show immense curiosity in Naipaul as “that other guy” and has not been too flattering in some of his public pronouncements See tribute to Walcott here) but I have had front row seats to the society, the circumstances, the mentality that would have spawned and propelled him along the way – a place that makes every effort to make, in no small measure, all endeavour stillborn.   

I would not say “Rest In Peace” to Naipaul as it is inconceivable that an active mind as his would rest as it sheds a worn out body and moves on, leaving himself to the world, as only a writer can. As I have presented in comparative studies to students of literature, in perusing their Nobel Lectures and other works, his epitaph is clear, for he has said frustratingly over and over again, and in his Nobel Lecture too for those trying to define or analyse him  “I am the sum of my books”: 

  

  

…Everything of value about me is in my books. I will go further now. I will say I am the sum of my books. Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it.”  — Sir vidia Naipaul, Nobel Lecture, 2001

 
Finding A Place is now out of print (or so I have been led to believe). I am now trying to redo in illustrated multimedia form, resource permitting. The blurb reads:
Kris Rampersad s book takes an intimate look at the blossoming of Trinidad s literary consciousness. Through the eyes and the words of the writers, she maps their contribution to Indo Trinidadian literature from those evolutionary years in 1850, to it flowering in the 1950s. It also represents a close look at the exciting oral culture of these people as depicted by their music, dance and storytelling, and examines the biographies of the main figures who contributed to social, cultural, economic and political development throughout this period. While the main focus of the work is on language and literary development, other aspects of Trinidad s development are also explored cross-culturation, politics, race relations, social mobility and women s issues in relation to their influence and impact on the writings. Further, the raw material of Finding A Place (12 little-known and rare publications between 1850 and 1950) introduces a new set of data through which the evolution of Trinidad and Tobago can be examined by others.
 
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ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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constitutional reform

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wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
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Guyana at this time is in the middle of celebrating nationhood – the
peak of it is Republic Day one week from now. 
The publication being launched in Guyana today is a celebration of
nationhood as it is captured through photography, an explanatory text and the
literature of Trinidad and Tobago.  The
easiest way to begin an analysis of this book Littscapes by Kris Rampersad is to describe it – give an idea so
that the audience gets a clear picture of exactly what it is.  But that is not the easiest way, because it
is a text that defies easy description. 
There are more types that it is than things that it is not.
The publication is Littscapes : Landscapes of Fiction from
Trinidad and Tobago
by Kris Rampersad, published in St Augustine, Trinidad,
in 2012.  The bibliographical details
describe it as “First Edition 2012”, which is not surprising, given its
multi-tasking nature and its wide reach, and this suggests that, also
considering the several things that it seems to set out to cover, there is more
to come in future editions. 

It is 200 pages of
written and visual text, presenting the landscape of Trinidad and Tobago in
passages of descriptions, explanations and quotations, very impressively
supported and complemented by hundreds of colour photographs and excerpts from
the literature of the country.  Rampersad
always interweaves into her own descriptions, the pieces taken from the
literature, so that one gets pictures of the several varied subjects from the
point of view of the writers and of their fictional characters.  These are taken predominantly from works of
fiction covering a range of short stories and novels, but to a lesser extent,
there is reference to poetry and drama. 
The idea of
“littscapes” comes from this drawing from the literature to give scenes, views
and visions of landscape and life in clear, colourful, illustrative pictures as
well as snippets of how they are treated in the literature.  It is a quite thorough artistic concept.  It is a portrait and biography of the nation
of Trinidad and Tobago which actually pays tribute to the Republic in 2012, the
year of its 50th anniversary of Independence.  The book is attractively, neatly and
effectively designed, using a recurring motif of the double-T – “TT”, which, of
course, is “Trinidad and Tobago”, but is also “literature” so that there is not
only the visual impact but the tribute to nationhood as reflected in the
various works of literature.
Littscapes is a work of art; but also it is a
documentary, a travelogue, a critical work with visual and literary power.  It takes us on a tour of the country, giving
some exposure to almost every aspect of life. 
It may be too heavy and too academic to be called a tourist guide, but
no tourist guide can give a better, more comprehensive introduction to
Trinidad.  It entices and attracts just
as the glossy tourist literature; it looks a weighty volume, but an important
factor is that it is very easy to read. 
Neither is this link to tourism accidental, because one of the
objectives of the book is that it must show the value that literature has in
promoting and presenting the nation.  It
must show different uses of literature, encourage new approaches to it and make
it more attractive and interesting.  The
book does for literature, what literature does for the country.
 
 Rampersad tours the countryside and highlights
features of it, at the same time exploring the literature to indicate how the
writers treat the subjects, what they or their fictional characters say, and
how they are used in the plots. 
Photographs of several sections of Port-of-Spain are accompanied by the
descriptions and literary excerpts: this treatment is given to the capital
city, other towns, streets, urban communities, villages, historic buildings and
places, vegetation, animals, institutions, culture and landscape.  There is considerable visual beauty, what
Derek Walcott calls “visual surprise” in his Nobel Lecture; an impressive
coverage of social history, geography, and politics, but also a strong literary
experience.  It is a survey of Trinidad’s
landscape and of its literature.
 
The publication
reflects a considerable volume of reading, drawing from as early as Walter Raleigh
at the dawn of Caribbean literature, which adds historical character and depth
to the landscape and culture.  The
references include early fiction such as ARF Webber’s Those That Be In Bondage. 
The connectedness of nationhood becomes relevant again here, since both
Webber and Raleigh have ties to Guyana as strong if not stronger than those
with Trinidad.  Just as the historical
development of the country is reflected in the places and monuments, so it is
in the rise of social realism through the fiction of the 1930s in
Port-of-Spain.  Rampersad presents her
subjects through the eyes of CLR James and writers from the Beacon group such
as Alfred Mendes, and has done the painstaking work analogous to that of a
lexicographer, of sorting out their several hundred references to her
subjects. 
 
This account includes
some memorable passages of real literary criticism, although these are
brief.  They include the entries on The Humming Bird Tree by Ian McDonald,
another writer that is more Guyanese than Trinidadian, with instructive
insights into the novel’s title and its meaning.  Others are the references to Lion House in
Chaguanas and the Capildeo family which hold great interest for background to
VS Naipaul.  He immortalises his mother’s
family in Hanuman House and the Tulsis, and Rampersad provides additional
information about Naipaul’s use of his migratory existence in her discussions
of various parts of Port-of-Spain.  There
is also similar enlightenment in the way such locations as San Fernando, Mayaro
and Princes Town accumulate greater meaning when used to treat the work of
novelist Michael Anthony.  Yet another
passage of deep criticism is the reference to “girl victims” as they are
treated in the fiction.
 There are the entries on politicians, calypsonians and
superstitions, all of which abound in the fiction. This work does so much
already that it might be unfair to judge it on its omissions or reduced
treatments. 
 Trinidad is in all respects the major and dominant island, and this is
overwhelmingly reflected in Rampersad’s treatment.  She says in her text that Trinidadian writers
on the whole neglect Tobago, treat it as the lesser of two sisters or do not
treat it at all.  In this book,
therefore, the imbalance is noted.  
In the end, Rampersad’s
Littscapes does achieve an innovative
approach to literature in bringing it alive in the description of landscape,
life, culture and people.  It encourages
people to take ownership of it, see themselves, their home or familiar places
in it and accept it as a definer of identity. 
But the book is as much photography by Rampersad and others as it is
literature, and the pictures help to illustrate, highlight and make the fiction
real.
Above all Littscapes: Landscapes of Fiction from
Trinidad and Tobago
 has an extremely
powerful sense of place and reinforces what in Rampersad’s words is “the pull
of place on authors”.  It may claim to be
an accessory to what she calls “the body of fiction inspired by Trinidad and
Tobago”.  It communicates the character
of the country. 
No one book can be
everything; no one book can set out to achieve everything that a literature and
a visual text can do for its people and its nation; but whatever you say one
book can’t do, this one almost does it.
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of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
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peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
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Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
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party … Towards culturally …

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David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
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and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
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of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
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consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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The Emperor’s New Tools#2

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of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
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Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
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the rounds of consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we
have a sense of direction that will drive …

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The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013
Valuing Carnival The
Emperor’s New Tools#2. 

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rag…Choosing the Emperor’s New …

Oct 20, 2013
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Constitution People Power …

Feb 26, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

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Demokrissy: Futuring the Post-2015
UNESCO Agenda

Apr 22, 2014
It is placing
increasing pressure for erasure of barriers of geography, age, ethnicity,
gender, cultures and other sectoral interests, and in utilising the tools
placed at our disposal to access our accumulate knowledge and technologies
towards eroding these superficial barriers. In this context, we believe that
the work of UNESCO remains significant and relevant and that UNESCO is indeed
the institution best positioned to consolidate the ….. The Emperor’s New
Tools …

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 Review 
& Appraisal of LiTTscapes  by
Professor Al Creighton,  Deputy Vice
Chancellor of the University of Guyana and of the Guyana Prize for Literature
at LiTTribute II – LiTTurgy to the Mainland at Moray House Trust, Georgetown
We are in the presence
this afternoon of a neat kind of confluence. 
Guyana at this time is in the middle of celebrating nationhood – the
peak of it is Republic Day one week from now. 
The publication being launched in Guyana today is a celebration of
nationhood as it is captured through photography, an explanatory text and the
literature of Trinidad and Tobago.  The
easiest way to begin an analysis of this book Littscapes by Kris Rampersad is to describe it – give an idea so
that the audience gets a clear picture of exactly what it is.  But that is not the easiest way, because it
is a text that defies easy description. 
There are more types that it is than things that it is not.
The publication is Littscapes : Landscapes of Fiction from
Trinidad and Tobago
by Kris Rampersad, published in St Augustine, Trinidad,
in 2012.  The bibliographical details
describe it as “First Edition 2012”, which is not surprising, given its
multi-tasking nature and its wide reach, and this suggests that, also
considering the several things that it seems to set out to cover, there is more
to come in future editions. 

It is 200 pages of
written and visual text, presenting the landscape of Trinidad and Tobago in
passages of descriptions, explanations and quotations, very impressively
supported and complemented by hundreds of colour photographs and excerpts from
the literature of the country.  Rampersad
always interweaves into her own descriptions, the pieces taken from the
literature, so that one gets pictures of the several varied subjects from the
point of view of the writers and of their fictional characters.  These are taken predominantly from works of
fiction covering a range of short stories and novels, but to a lesser extent,
there is reference to poetry and drama. 
The idea of
“littscapes” comes from this drawing from the literature to give scenes, views
and visions of landscape and life in clear, colourful, illustrative pictures as
well as snippets of how they are treated in the literature.  It is a quite thorough artistic concept.  It is a portrait and biography of the nation
of Trinidad and Tobago which actually pays tribute to the Republic in 2012, the
year of its 50th anniversary of Independence.  The book is attractively, neatly and
effectively designed, using a recurring motif of the double-T – “TT”, which, of
course, is “Trinidad and Tobago”, but is also “literature” so that there is not
only the visual impact but the tribute to nationhood as reflected in the
various works of literature.
Littscapes is a work of art; but also it is a
documentary, a travelogue, a critical work with visual and literary power.  It takes us on a tour of the country, giving
some exposure to almost every aspect of life. 
It may be too heavy and too academic to be called a tourist guide, but
no tourist guide can give a better, more comprehensive introduction to
Trinidad.  It entices and attracts just
as the glossy tourist literature; it looks a weighty volume, but an important
factor is that it is very easy to read. 
Neither is this link to tourism accidental, because one of the
objectives of the book is that it must show the value that literature has in
promoting and presenting the nation.  It
must show different uses of literature, encourage new approaches to it and make
it more attractive and interesting.  The
book does for literature, what literature does for the country.
 
 Rampersad tours the countryside and highlights
features of it, at the same time exploring the literature to indicate how the
writers treat the subjects, what they or their fictional characters say, and
how they are used in the plots. 
Photographs of several sections of Port-of-Spain are accompanied by the
descriptions and literary excerpts: this treatment is given to the capital
city, other towns, streets, urban communities, villages, historic buildings and
places, vegetation, animals, institutions, culture and landscape.  There is considerable visual beauty, what
Derek Walcott calls “visual surprise” in his Nobel Lecture; an impressive
coverage of social history, geography, and politics, but also a strong literary
experience.  It is a survey of Trinidad’s
landscape and of its literature.
 
The publication
reflects a considerable volume of reading, drawing from as early as Walter Raleigh
at the dawn of Caribbean literature, which adds historical character and depth
to the landscape and culture.  The
references include early fiction such as ARF Webber’s Those That Be In Bondage. 
The connectedness of nationhood becomes relevant again here, since both
Webber and Raleigh have ties to Guyana as strong if not stronger than those
with Trinidad.  Just as the historical
development of the country is reflected in the places and monuments, so it is
in the rise of social realism through the fiction of the 1930s in
Port-of-Spain.  Rampersad presents her
subjects through the eyes of CLR James and writers from the Beacon group such
as Alfred Mendes, and has done the painstaking work analogous to that of a
lexicographer, of sorting out their several hundred references to her
subjects. 
 
This account includes
some memorable passages of real literary criticism, although these are
brief.  They include the entries on The Humming Bird Tree by Ian McDonald,
another writer that is more Guyanese than Trinidadian, with instructive
insights into the novel’s title and its meaning.  Others are the references to Lion House in
Chaguanas and the Capildeo family which hold great interest for background to
VS Naipaul.  He immortalises his mother’s
family in Hanuman House and the Tulsis, and Rampersad provides additional
information about Naipaul’s use of his migratory existence in her discussions
of various parts of Port-of-Spain.  There
is also similar enlightenment in the way such locations as San Fernando, Mayaro
and Princes Town accumulate greater meaning when used to treat the work of
novelist Michael Anthony.  Yet another
passage of deep criticism is the reference to “girl victims” as they are
treated in the fiction.
 There are the entries on politicians, calypsonians and
superstitions, all of which abound in the fiction. This work does so much
already that it might be unfair to judge it on its omissions or reduced
treatments. 
 Trinidad is in all respects the major and dominant island, and this is
overwhelmingly reflected in Rampersad’s treatment.  She says in her text that Trinidadian writers
on the whole neglect Tobago, treat it as the lesser of two sisters or do not
treat it at all.  In this book,
therefore, the imbalance is noted.  
In the end, Rampersad’s
Littscapes does achieve an innovative
approach to literature in bringing it alive in the description of landscape,
life, culture and people.  It encourages
people to take ownership of it, see themselves, their home or familiar places
in it and accept it as a definer of identity. 
But the book is as much photography by Rampersad and others as it is
literature, and the pictures help to illustrate, highlight and make the fiction
real.
Above all Littscapes: Landscapes of Fiction from
Trinidad and Tobago
 has an extremely
powerful sense of place and reinforces what in Rampersad’s words is “the pull
of place on authors”.  It may claim to be
an accessory to what she calls “the body of fiction inspired by Trinidad and
Tobago”.  It communicates the character
of the country. 
No one book can be
everything; no one book can set out to achieve everything that a literature and
a visual text can do for its people and its nation; but whatever you say one
book can’t do, this one almost does it.
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Links:
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Through Novel lenses Youtube   https://youtu.be/_zWHPEQCqHA
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Star Tops SEA:
https://goo.gl/iNqt32
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Demokrissy: Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s …

Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
See Also:
Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Related:
Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
See Also:
Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Related:
Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Others: Demokrissy: Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 …

Apr 07, 2013
Old Casked Rum: The
Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had
the rounds of consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we
have a sense of direction that will drive …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013
Valuing Carnival The
Emperor’s New Tools#2. 

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s New …

Oct 20, 2013
Choosing the Emperor’s
New Troops. The dilemma of choice. Voting is supposed to be an … Old Casked
Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 10:36 AM …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Carnivalising the
Constitution People Power …

Feb 26, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Envisioning
outside-the-island-box … – Demokrissy – Blogger

Feb 10, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Futuring the Post-2015
UNESCO Agenda

Apr 22, 2014
It is placing
increasing pressure for erasure of barriers of geography, age, ethnicity,
gender, cultures and other sectoral interests, and in utilising the tools
placed at our disposal to access our accumulate knowledge and technologies
towards eroding these superficial barriers. In this context, we believe that
the work of UNESCO remains significant and relevant and that UNESCO is indeed
the institution best positioned to consolidate the ….. The Emperor’s New
Tools …

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