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​Incensed Girl Washed Free in a Crystal Stream of Consciousness

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Paige Zara Bishop and I’m a crystal girl who sells incense.


Actually, I’m more of a “scents” than an incense girl. I’m into all scents. Candles, natural herbs burning, dried leaves and flowers.

I’ve lived in the West and the East and I went to school in Chaguanas, so I feel kind of in-between. I’ll be 28 this year. I live up Mt Hololo Rd now. When I was 25 or 26, my mom, Carole Anne Bishop, moved to Tobago. That was my 14th move in life. I also feel heavily connected to Tobago ‘cause my family is from there. Maybe I’m from all over Trinidad & Tobago.

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​The Reluctant Netflix Girl

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Caroline Mackenzie and I got a Netflix deal out of my first novel, One Year of Ugly, which is being published this month.


I was born, raised and still live in Town. But I lived in Acono Village. I’m not ‘fraid to pass the lighthouse!

My father, Christian de Verteuil, my younger brother, Justin, and my youngest brother, Sebastian, and I lost our mother, XXXX, to breast cancer when she was only 45. I was a month shy of 20. It made the survivors closer. One Year of Ugly begins after a death in a large family.


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​Your Blood May Not Take Her but…

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Donna Williams and, every time I tell people I am a phlebotomist [pronounced flea-bottom-ist], they raise their eyebrows.


A phlebotomist draws blood from patients. And makes sure everything is correct before the blood goes to the lab.

I lost my job during the current health crisis. It's hard. I never thought I would have been let go in a time like this. I will have to wait until after the lockdown is over to start job hunting. I have to start all over again.

I come from Point Fortin but moved to Port of Spain when I was around 19. I live in Sangre Grande now.
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This Twin’s Island Republic

My name is Rishi Deosaran and growing up with a twin brother has been one of my life’s most important forces.


My brother and only sibling, Akash, and I were born early on Ash Wednesday morning, 8 March, 2000, which is ironic. Because we grew up in a pretty conservative household and never got to play mas. Akash is two minutes older.

Until we were eight, we lived in a small townhouse next to the University of the West Indies sports grounds. Underneath plenty trees, the earth was practically made of fruit, because it used to rain pomeracs. We used to raid them and make chow at home.

My brother, mom and I loved to walk up Mount St. Benedict on early, early mornings and pick up pine cones, seed pods and cashew fruits to decorate the townhouse. We always went to the top. Always. One day, walking past the monastery, a fluffy white shaggy dog ran out. It became our friend. Until this day, it is a family thing for us all to go, before or after special occasions, to the guest house at the mountaintop and have a lovely breakfast to the sound of the birds. I never really realised I treasured that place so much [until I said these words].


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The Temple across the Sea

My name is Pulwaty Beepath and I’m the president of the Tobago Hindu Society.


I come from Trinidad to Tobago to work in the year 1987 and I never went back. I build my home in Tobago. I do go back to Trinidad, off and on, but my three children are Tobagonian and I consider myself Tobagonian.

My eldest daughter is Geeta Beepath-Baboolal. Then I have Seeta Beepath. And my son is Bhesham Beepath. My husband and I separated about 13 years ago. We both came to Tobago to work and then he decided he wanted to go on his own. I remained with the children. Send them to school and all of that. And I am still here with them. They’re all married.
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​Incensed Girl Washed Free in a Crystal Stream of Consciousness

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Paige Zara Bishop and I’m a crystal girl who sells incense.


Actually, I’m more of a “scents” than an incense girl. I’m into all scents. Candles, natural herbs burning, dried leaves and flowers.

I’ve lived in the West and the East and I went to school in Chaguanas, so I feel kind of in-between. I’ll be 28 this year. I live up Mt Hololo Rd now. When I was 25 or 26, my mom, Carole Anne Bishop, moved to Tobago. That was my 14th move in life. I also feel heavily connected to Tobago ‘cause my family is from there. Maybe I’m from all over Trinidad & Tobago.

Read more

​The Reluctant Netflix Girl

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Caroline Mackenzie and I got a Netflix deal out of my first novel, One Year of Ugly, which is being published this month.


I was born, raised and still live in Town. But I lived in Acono Village. I’m not ‘fraid to pass the lighthouse!

My father, Christian de Verteuil, my younger brother, Justin, and my youngest brother, Sebastian, and I lost our mother, XXXX, to breast cancer when she was only 45. I was a month shy of 20. It made the survivors closer. One Year of Ugly begins after a death in a large family.


Read more

​Your Blood May Not Take Her but…

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Donna Williams and, every time I tell people I am a phlebotomist [pronounced flea-bottom-ist], they raise their eyebrows.


A phlebotomist draws blood from patients. And makes sure everything is correct before the blood goes to the lab.

I lost my job during the current health crisis. It's hard. I never thought I would have been let go in a time like this. I will have to wait until after the lockdown is over to start job hunting. I have to start all over again.

I come from Point Fortin but moved to Port of Spain when I was around 19. I live in Sangre Grande now.
Read more

This Twin’s Island Republic

My name is Rishi Deosaran and growing up with a twin brother has been one of my life’s most important forces.


My brother and only sibling, Akash, and I were born early on Ash Wednesday morning, 8 March, 2000, which is ironic. Because we grew up in a pretty conservative household and never got to play mas. Akash is two minutes older.

Until we were eight, we lived in a small townhouse next to the University of the West Indies sports grounds. Underneath plenty trees, the earth was practically made of fruit, because it used to rain pomeracs. We used to raid them and make chow at home.

My brother, mom and I loved to walk up Mount St. Benedict on early, early mornings and pick up pine cones, seed pods and cashew fruits to decorate the townhouse. We always went to the top. Always. One day, walking past the monastery, a fluffy white shaggy dog ran out. It became our friend. Until this day, it is a family thing for us all to go, before or after special occasions, to the guest house at the mountaintop and have a lovely breakfast to the sound of the birds. I never really realised I treasured that place so much [until I said these words].


Read more

The Temple across the Sea

My name is Pulwaty Beepath and I’m the president of the Tobago Hindu Society.


I come from Trinidad to Tobago to work in the year 1987 and I never went back. I build my home in Tobago. I do go back to Trinidad, off and on, but my three children are Tobagonian and I consider myself Tobagonian.

My eldest daughter is Geeta Beepath-Baboolal. Then I have Seeta Beepath. And my son is Bhesham Beepath. My husband and I separated about 13 years ago. We both came to Tobago to work and then he decided he wanted to go on his own. I remained with the children. Send them to school and all of that. And I am still here with them. They’re all married.
Read more

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