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How we remember: a reading list for the 175th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day in T&T

How we remember: reflections on the 175th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago is a discussion hosted by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, premiering online on 6 June, 2020, and featuring writers Andre Bagoo, Gaiutra Bahadur, and Gabrielle Hosein alongside publisher Jeremy Poynting, with moderators Shivanee Ramlochan and Nicholas Laughlin.

During this wide-ranging conversation, the participants discuss a number of books and writers (as well as musicians and artists) whose work documents, imagines, and analyses the Indo-Caribbean experience.

Here is a select list of books by authors mentioned in this online event, as well as key books by the conversation participants, in alphabetical order by writer.

Pitch Lake, by Andre Bagoo (2017)

The Undiscovered Country: Essays, by Andre Bagoo (forthcoming, 2020)

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, by Gaiutra Bahadur (2013)

We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture, ed. David Dabydeen, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and Tina K. Ramnarine (2019)

Coolie Odyssey, by David Dabydeen (1988)

The Counting House, by David Dabydeen (2005)

Bones, by Mahadai Das (1989)

Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments, ed. Gabrielle Jamela Hosein and Lisa Outar (2016)

Far from Mecca: Globalising the Muslim Caribbean, by Aliyah Khan (2020)

Indian Centenary Review: One Hundred Years of Progress, 1845–1945, ed. Murli J. Kirpalani, Mitra G. Sinanan, S.M. Rameshwar, and L.F. Seukeran (1945)
[out of print]

No Pain Like This Body, by Harold Sonny Ladoo (1972)

Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature, ed. Joy Mahabir and Mariam Pirbhai (2015)

Jouvert, by Joy Mahabir (2006)

The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation, ed. Nalini Mohabir and Ronald Cummings (forthcoming, 2020)

Jahajin, by Peggy Mohan (2008)

Backdam People, by Rooplall Monar (1985)

A House for Mr. Biswas, by V.S. Naipaul (1961)

Butterfly in the Wind, by Lakshmi Persaud (1990)

Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, by Shivanee Ramlochan (2017)

India and the Shaping of the Indo-Guyanese Imagination, by Clem Seecharan (1993)

Tiger in the Stars: The Anatomy of Indian Achievement in British Guiana 1919–1929, by Clem Seecharan (1997)
[out of print]

A Silent Life, by Ryhaan Shah (2005)

Maharani’s Misery: Narratives of a Passage from India to the Caribbean, by Verene A. Shepherd (2002)

Music, art, and film

“Jahaji Bhai”, song by Brother Marvin (1996)

Playlist by Drupatee Ramgoonai, chutney, soca, and calypso singer

Wendy Nanan, artist

Andil Gosine, artist and curator

Coolie Pink and Green, a short film by Patricia Mohammed (2009)