Down Liberty Avenue 7 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Down Liberty Avenue 7 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

They could talk all day about Jagan and Burnham, and Jagdeo and Granger. Don’t get them started about Kamla and Rowley. You will hear about corruption in Trinidad and how the man ‘thiefing’, and how Moonilal was right to cuss them out in Parliament. If you listen long enough you will learn about corruption in India and the pernicious influence of Bollywood.

There are the palm readers that connect you with the afterlife. The Korean shopkeepers make the extra dollar as they call you ‘Mamoo’ and seem to know the address of the next pooja. You buy the big pumpkin in the corner, or the watermelon that has seen better days, and shake your head in wonderment. As you leave, a small group of old timers say that the people from ICE have made another arrest, and someone else faces deportation.

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  • Cyril Persaud  On November 30, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I was appreciating this article until the last line. Please stop asking politicians to fix gun violence. The immigrants in the area need to ASSIMILATE and STOP talking about “Back Home”

  • dhanpaul narine  On December 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Cyril, It is the politicians that will have to pass laws to fix the proliferation of guns in the community. The shootings in Florida, Pittsburgh and California have little to do with immigrants or their refusal to assimilate.

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Emanuel: I am in your Ignore-the-Fool camp.

    But there is another camp that says that young people may think his nonsense has value and we must speak up.

    But that brings to mind what another person said, a while back:

    Everybody is good for something – even a bad example.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On December 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Dr. Naraine: I think there is more to the “Mamoo” epithet which the Koreans use to address you. ‘Maamoo’, as you know refers to your mother’s brother –maternal uncle. So, here’s why they probably address you so.
    “According to Korean legends, Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya had travelled to Korea and married King Kim Suro and became Queen Heo Hwang-ok in 48AD.
    A large number of Koreans (6 to 8 millions) trace their ancestry to the legendary princess, who is known as Queen Heo Hwang-ok.”
    Ayodhya, as you know is birth place and kingdom of Lord Rama to whom it is said by some reports she claimed ancestry, which is likely why you will see two people dressed as Rama and Sita in the pic with the First Lady.
    So, because their ancestral ‘mother’ was Indian, you become their maternal uncle, Mamoo !
    The legend is so strong therefore this headline: “South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook celebrates Diwali in Ayodhya, revives links of Queen Heo”. See this: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/south-korean-first-lady-kim-jung-sook-celebrates-diwali-in-ayodhya-revives-links-of-queen-heo/story-WGSAKC0xKAI9fVbhSiue6N.html
    There is also this BBC story (link below). Whether it is historically true or not the current President and First Lady of South Korea, as numerous elites in South Korean society and others, believe they are descendants of Princess Suriratna/Queen Heo and they travel regularly to India to renew their ties. I noticed when I visited India that many Asians were also visiting certain spots, such as Benares.
    BBC says the Princess could have been from Thailand. Well, Thailand as is Veitnam, Cambodia, et al., also had close links with India. Hinduism was quite prominent (now Buddhism) in these Asian countries. Vietnam’s (earlier known as Champa – an Indian woman’s name) first religion of the “Cham” people was Hinduism. Cambodia has the largest temple in the world, Angor Wat – dedicated to Lord Vishnu; and the current dynasty in Thailand has the name “Rama” as the official title. All throughout S/E Asia such as Malaysia and Indonesia also are proud of their Indian ties; many still carry their Indian names, even though Arabian Islam is more prominent. The official airline of Indonesia is “Garuda” the celestial vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Incidentally, “Suri” means goddess and “ratna” = jewel.
    Coincidentally, two Saturday’s ago I visited a nephew and his wife’s celebration of ‘100 days’ of the birth of their second child, a boy. The wife is South Korean, and so they celebrate the ‘100 days’. I told them of the Korean First Lady visiting India during last Diwali and about Princess Suriratna. My niece-in-law then told her mother, who then began to relate (in Korean) her knowledge of the legend, supporting what I was telling them. In fact, she added a piece of the legend (which is covered in the BBC report) that the Korean King and his Indian Queen (who was sad that her name and legacy would be lost) named their children alternately with Korean and Indian names throughout their dynasty. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46055285
    Try googling ‘Princes Suriratna’ for other hits.
    So, indeed the “Mamoo” address most likely means they regard you as their ancient maternal uncle.
    Of course I could be totally wrong, and “Mamoo” is just a title of respect as when we call neighbours, ‘uncle and auntie’.
    Suggest you ask them if it has anything to do with Queen Suriratna/Heo. If you find out pl. post it here.
    VedaNM.

  • dhanpaul narine  On December 3, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Vedaji, thanks. I will try and find out. But i like the idea that I could be their ‘ancient maternal uncle.’ I will remind them of this and your story; maybe it would entitle me to a discount!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On December 5, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Sounds good, Dr. N. While you are there, since they seem to know where is
    the next pooja , how about inviting then to one at the Mandir.
    VedaNM

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