A literary travel guide to Trinidad and Tobago

If you're a book nerd like me, then you'll absolutely adore the idea of literary travel. What is it, exactly? It's a form of tourism where you visit places that inspired or featured in certain fiction/non-fiction books. For instance, if you loved Anne of Green Gables, then you'll definitely appreciate visiting the real Prince Edward [...]

A tale of two flowers

Here's an excerpt from, A Tale of Two Flowers, an essay I recently wrote for Caribbean Beat, Caribbean Airlines' in-flight magazine: "In the Caribbean, we often take the flowers for granted. They seem to be always there: hibiscus, bougainvillea, or frangipani blending incongruously into the tropical landscape. I only realised how much I missed them during [...]

Literary travel: We Mark Your Memory

Hey everyone! 2018's already proving an exciting year! I'm happy to announce that I have a short story called "Homecoming" published in We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture. "Homecoming" depicts a young Indo-Trinidadian couple visiting Kolkata in India, the motherland, for the first time and experiencing confusion, bewilderment, and displacement there. The anthology is [...]

Literary travel: Oh Happy Day

Self-published in 2017, Oh Happy Day is a debut collection of short stories written by Trinidadian author, Michelle Ragoonanan-Ali. Oh Happy Day features many popular Trinidadian traditions, customs, and language and spans the length and breadth of the island, from Sea Lots to Siparia, Mayaro to Talparo. In general, the stories deal with the struggles [...]

Literary travel: Little Free Library in Trinidad and Tobago

Book nerdigans, did you know that Trinidad and Tobago has not one but two Little Free Library locations? What is the Little Free Library? The non-profit, which was started in Hudson, Wisconsin by Tod Bol, now has over 50,000 locations in over 70 countries worldwide. Today, it's a global movement that encourages a love of reading. This [...]

Literary travel: Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

"It is the expectation itself that robs a bit of authenticity from the destinations we seek out." - Rolf Potts One of the best ways you can travel meaningfully is by reading travel fiction/non-fiction on the country/countries you intend to visit. I got interested in Rolf Potts when I heard he was the "Jack Kerouac [...]

The commodification of travel

In today's postmodern world, the prevailing paradigm is that travel abroad can solve all your problems and help you find your soul. There are so many stories of people who quit their jobs and sold everything to travel the world. These individuals see travel abroad as some kind of spiritual odyssey to find their true [...]

Literary travel: 5 books that inspired me to travel abroad

Over the years, I've read a lot of travel fiction/non-fiction but there are some books that remain dear to me. Some I read during my formative years before I was old enough or could afford to travel abroad. I read two of them while I was at university and they inspired me to push the boundaries of [...]

Literary travel: The Lady and the Monk

Initially, I was really excited to read Pico Iyer's The Lady and the Monk. For those in the know, Iyer is one of the world's leading travel writers today (travel writer, not blogger) whose observations have made him quite famous. I was especially attracted to this book because it features Kyoto, my soul city in Japan. I [...]