Saturday, 27 March 2010

God of the Cocoa

This is my current Project.

My main character Rajnath, works in the cane field in Trinidad 1935, for 25c a day. He is finding it hard to make ends meet, with a young family. He is bad tempered at home and subdued at work. Typical! Is he a coward? Maybe, but smart. Because the work environment is more akin to the days of slavery. Same mentality. One wrong move and you're punished. Not even a wrong move and you lose half your pay.

Copyright Marilyn Rodwell 2010

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Trinidad, West Indies

This section is about TRINIDAD and the background to my "Cocoa" books. Some of the issues and information include:

- How people got from India to Trinidad in the mid 19C,
- That today they make up almost 40% of the population,
- How they struggled to make a living and endured great hardships, poverty, ill-health and injustices
- How they dreamed of escaping their difficulties,
- About how they actually fulfulled their dreams.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Out of the Cocoa

I just wondered if any of you know anyone whose ancestors went from India to the Caribbean?

Do you know how they got there? And why they went?

I think that there must be a lot of you out there who have some ideas around this subject, but there are a so many who had no idea that there are even any Indians in the Caribbean. I recently met a college history lecturer who has written thirteen historical novels, but never knew that there were Indians in the Caribbean. He was intigued, very curious and wanted to know more.

I remember that my great grandmother said that her mother was stolen as a child, from her village, and put on ships and taken to Trinidad.

So, I am really interested in knowing if you have any stories or info to share.

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