Daily Archives: July 1, 2012

How do people know you? – by Ron Persaud

How do people know you?

By Ron Persaud

Recently I had to reflect on the Guyanese custom of not using a person’s name – “full mouth” – as they say. My maternal grandmother was referred to as ‘Sam Mai’; her elder sister was ‘Sam Auntie’ (did you see that coming?).  Sam, my mother’s brother, was a Pandit and perhaps the most well known person in Louisiana Village – if not on the whole island of Leguan. One of my aunts would refer to her husband as ‘James’ Buddy’ – James’ brother – despite the fact that her husband’s name is William. Sometimes the appellation would go the other way. Jimmy, my cousin, was instantly placed when referred to as ‘Baranka Son’.

The nomenclature transcended generations; my father and his siblings had a  ‘Cullen Mousey’ – the wife of their father’s brother – from Cullen, Essequibo. ‘Big Mousey’ and  ‘Lil Mousey’ differentiated their other two aunts.           Continue reading

Ralph Ramkarran resigns from PPP

Ralph Ramkarran resigns from PPP

June 30, 2012 – Demerara Waves

Long-serving member of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Ralph Ramkarran on Saturday (June 30),  resigned from the political organisation, just weeks after he publicly called for rampant corruption to be addressed.

Ralph Ramkarran

Sources close to the former Speaker of the National Assembly, however, rule out Ramkarran joining the Alliance For Change (AFC) or any other political party. Ramkarran was unavailable for comment on his decision but sources say that it stemmed from a raucous at the Executive Committee meeting on Friday, June 29.

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo was not at that meeting but Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) was told that two senior party members who are high-ranking functionaries at the Office of the President heaped criticism on Ramkarran.            Continue reading

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