Profile: Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories! – By Dhanpaul Narine

Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Vintage Green Glass Kerosene Lamp 1960's

Kerosene Lamp 1960’s

There was a time when the village in Guyana had no electricity. They used hand lamps to move around at nights. These lamps had a wick and a knob pushed the wick up or down depending on the user’s choice. The lamps were blown out at eight in the night and everyone was supposed to be in bed.

Those that could afford it had the gas lamps but after several pumpings the Tiley lamps would puff and go out as well. Then there were those that had neither gas nor hand lamps. They used a bottle with a long cloth wick soaked in kerosene and the smoke that came out was thick and black. It left a mark in the house and if you were a student staying up late the smoke went directly into your eyes. 

Those were the days, the happy days when the village had only one radio and they all strained their ears to catch Wordsworth McAndrew on ‘Creole Meche Meche’ or Ayube Hamid on ‘Indian Memory Album.’ Sonny Mohamed and Eshri Singh were permanent fixtures too as were Clairmont Taitt and Pat Cameron.

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  • dhanpaul narine  On July 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    He makes the point that there was a time when Jagan and Burnham ‘hold one head’ and the country moved forward. Can Granger and Jagdeo hold one head and develop Guyana?

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