Daily Archives: October 3, 2012

Indian Cocktail – commentary by Ravi Dev

Indian Cocktail – by Ravi Dev

September 30, 2012 | By Columnists, Ravi Dev

Over the years, I’ve thought a lot about the phenomenon of suicide. It’s not that I’m morbid. As an Indian in Guyana, I’m not sure how one can avoid such thoughts. With almost 200 suicides a year and more than three-quarters of them being Indians, there’s hardly a week you don’t get a call from some friend or acquaintance about someone they or you know who took their life. Who hasn’t been touched?

It’s been so ever since I can remember. Friends from other communities would joke: “What’s the name of an Indian cocktail? Malathion!”

But interesting enough when I started looking into the epidemic, I found that in the villages of the Bhojpuri belt from where most of us had migrated from, suicide had been a rare occurrence. The figures of the 19th century showed that Uttar Pradesh had a rate of 6.3 per 100,000 while in the countries to which we had been exported to labour on the sugar plantations the numbers had skyrocketed to at least ten times that number.  Continue reading

Sixty plus and Going Strong – commentary

Read this, it could change how you think of your future.

Sixty plus and Going Strong – commentary

(Translated from the original in Chinese)

There are 1000-year old trees in the mountain, but not many 100
year-old people…………….At most, you live until 100 years (only 1 in
100,000).

If you live until 90, you only have 10 years……..If you live until 80,
you only have 20 years.
Because you don’t have many years to live, and you can’t take along
things when you go, you don’t have to be too thrifty. Spend the money
that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you
are able to donate, but don’t leave all to your children or
grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become parasites.
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Guyana Trained Teachers Alumni Assoc – 2012 Reunion – NYC – November 2, 2012

Some inspirational quotations from Nelson Mandela

I’m sharing some of the most inspirational quotations from Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918) on the occasion of his recent 94th birth anniversary.

On Hatred: ”As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’

On Hope: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

On Freedom: “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

On Prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”     Continue reading

Toots and the Maytals – 100 videos – continuous play

Toots and the Maytals – 100 videos – continuous play

Some songs include other artistes, like Willie Nelson, who liked the reggae beat and culture.  I can assure you that once you start listening to this music you will love it…  real original Jamaica reggae..

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