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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Roshan's Roots

Hello everybaddy. Meh wan’ tek dis oppo’tunity fo’ introduce meself. Meh name Roshan. Meh deh in meh early 20's. Still young, meh hope. Meh come from one small village in Guyana, but meh whole family emigrate to Canada lang ago fo' opportunity, and meh know de culcha’ here.

Best meh tell you lil bit ‘bout meh roots fo’ start off. Nuff people don’t know nuttin’ ‘bout Guyana and meh think da' nah too good. When meh parents de growin’ up in Guyana, they ain’t know much, but now people gettin' good education and so on, and still, nuff people does confuse Guyana wid Ghana. Even in Canada. Dem deh in different continents, man! Guyana deh in Sout’ America. Some people does say it deh in de Caribbean. Any one good enuff. But not Africa. De Guyanese people are not African.

A few months ago, Guyana get flooded. Mos’ o’ de country in ruins, and de people dem lef’ wid nuttin’. It bin really bodderin’ me, so meh glad Saf ‘low meh fo’ talk ‘bout it here. Nobody even mention it in Canada or ‘Merica or anywheh. Why? Guyana nah important? Nah big enuff? Dis a one subject wha' close to meh heart, you know? Why nobody hear ‘bout dis? Only people who ge’ family back home know de news. It bin prapally bad, meh tell you. But nobaddy care 't'all.

Guyana used to be one nice place fo’ live. Dey used to call it “Land of Many Waters”. Maybe da' is a fittin’ title aftah de flood. But dere was so many nice tings in Guyana. Now is all gawn. Long gawn. Meh frighken dis might be de end fo’ Guyana.

Here meh include some pictures so you can see how de flood de ravage Guyana.

Anyway, da’ de story of Guyana. De flood get it down. But it used to be a beautiful place. And it gon’ get back good, meh hope. Guyana does still affect lotsa de people who born dere or even dose who come ‘way. We still ge’ de Guyana spirit running tru our veins, you know…we still ge’ de culture. Meh gon’ talk sometime about de culture if Saf ‘low meh. Meh nah know if you know a’ready, but dem get lots o’ Muslims who come from Guyana. De Muslim people from Guyana are very good people. But meh gon’ tell you more about dem anadda day.

Meh gon’ stop here fo’ today 'cause it gettin' late. God bless, and have a great night.


  • At 4/09/2005 01:41:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    mash Allah;

    I don't speak the patois, though more than a year with West Indian friends (living in a shared basement) gave me a better understanding - there are distinctions between Haitians (more african in culture), Bajans (laid-back), Jamaicans (rebel spirit) - as for Guyanese, despite praying for years at IMO & working with a Guyanese boss (along with one of your relatives - dad's cousin, apparently) - I still don't understand much of the lingo.
    It didn't help that we were shouted at in a loud factory, tho.

    My boss had a mixed background, he emphasized his african 'Roots' at times, but his grandfather was an arab imprisoned on an island prison [by the British] and escaped, swimmed to Guyana, and married an Indian Guyanese. Guyanese also largely speak some Urdu, or at least are comfortable with Hindi. do tell, tho...

    sorry, just a few undigested thoughts - Dawud


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