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Straight Shooter Standing Tall

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Corporal Roger Daniel and I went to the Olympic games three times to represent Trinidad and Tobago as a pistol marksman.


I was born in Fort George, St James but spent the majority of my life in Morvant. We used to ride trolley coming down from the fort but boy days was really in Morvant, walk to the Savannah and fly kites.

I come from a big family, maybe some 20-something people. We don’t get together as often since this covid thing started. I’m the last of four kids and I have four kids, blessings to me. I always shout them out by name wherever I go to shoot: Christian Daniel; Shaquille Daniel is in the Defence Force; Xavier and my daughter, Kiyomi, six foot tall, two inches shorter than me, the tallest of my children. As you blink your eye, they grow. By the time you turn around.
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God Alone Knows Why He Made Me an Atheist

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is L Siddharta Orie and I have recently published my book, Conversations with an Atheist.


I am from South Trinidad. My navel string is buried at St. Julien Village, where my mother gave birth to me at home. I live now in Princes Town, three miles from my place of birth.

When gathered every evening, the once big happy family of Ories gave passersby the impression we partied daily and another party was underway. Once, 15 persons, 12 children, our parents and one nephew, lived there but we are not all under one roof in one country any more. The family home now exists in a state of splendid isolation or solitary splendour. My daughter Alia Amala lives in England, Renuka Vijaya is in PT and my son Shiva Valmiki lives in Chaguanas. My last son Yudhistha Avishkar is with me in PT. Those were the days, like the singer Mary Hopkins sang, we thought would never end. But sadly it has ended with migration, marriages and the passing of three children and our parents.
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Still Just the Two of Us

My name is Ria Ramoutar and my husband Hazarie and I are the first “official” couple in Trini to the Bone, even though we appeared separately.

I’m from Chase Village, Carapichaima. My older brother Dale, sister Nicole after me and I are all a year apart. Our brother Kris is six years younger than me and in his 40s now, but I still see him as the baby. My dad Ronald passed three years ago and my mom is Janet Balkaransingh. My mom gave us all very short first names because we had such a long way to go on our surname, Balkaransingh.

My grandparents lived in Malick, Barataria, on the outskirts of Morvant, a place that holds a special place in my heart. Nowadays you think it is the worst area. But Nicole and I would walk everywhere and feel safe as Victor and Vera Villafana’s granddaughters. We knew people from Morvant side and Sixth Avenue side.

We walked to my primary school, Orange Field Hindu. I was a very reserved child. I was afraid of everything. And cried for anything. name is Ria Ramoutar and my husband Hazarie and I are the first “official” couple in Trini to the Bone, even though we appeared separately.
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A Trini in Bara B’dos

My name is Gary Greenidge and I have to make do with Bajan doubles.


Greenidge is a good Bajan name. My dad was Bajan. My mom is from Grenada. Me and my brothers are first-generation Trinidadians. Gerard is the eldest, Richard is under me and Robin is the last.
My dad was married before so I have sisters and brothers from that side. I have a sister who lives in Barbados too and family in Six Roads I didn’t realise I had. Pumpkin vine kinda thing.

My son Malakai Greenidge’ mom is a white Bajan, Andrea Medford. I’m a man, I don’t have preference. If my heart flutter for you, it flutter for you. And I go where my heart go. Her heart show her me and things was all right with me and her. They live in Canada now but my son like Trinidad. My girlfriend now is German but she lives in Barbados.


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Just the Two of Us

My name is Hazarie Ramoutar and my wife Ria and I are the first official couple in Trini to the Bone, even though we will appear separately.
I’m from Central, Freeport. Other than three years at UWI, I lived at Arena Road until I was 27.
My father Mathura worked at a chicken farm for 40 years, my mom Leela for at least 20. My eldest brother, Dave, is in air-conditioning in Miami, my other brother Keshore is a mechanic. Hands-on stuff. Keshore and my sister Indera both live two or three minutes away from my parents. I am the last child in a very blue-collar family. My dad is one of 14 kids, my mother, one of four. So We had LOTS of cousins. I have three siblings.
Where we are today is not the life I would have pictured, growing up as a young boy in Arena. I was the first from that family of 14 siblings to go to university. A few of my younger cousins followed suit eventually.


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Straight Shooter Standing Tall

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Corporal Roger Daniel and I went to the Olympic games three times to represent Trinidad and Tobago as a pistol marksman.


I was born in Fort George, St James but spent the majority of my life in Morvant. We used to ride trolley coming down from the fort but boy days was really in Morvant, walk to the Savannah and fly kites.

I come from a big family, maybe some 20-something people. We don’t get together as often since this covid thing started. I’m the last of four kids and I have four kids, blessings to me. I always shout them out by name wherever I go to shoot: Christian Daniel; Shaquille Daniel is in the Defence Force; Xavier and my daughter, Kiyomi, six foot tall, two inches shorter than me, the tallest of my children. As you blink your eye, they grow. By the time you turn around.
Read more

God Alone Knows Why He Made Me an Atheist

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is L Siddharta Orie and I have recently published my book, Conversations with an Atheist.


I am from South Trinidad. My navel string is buried at St. Julien Village, where my mother gave birth to me at home. I live now in Princes Town, three miles from my place of birth.

When gathered every evening, the once big happy family of Ories gave passersby the impression we partied daily and another party was underway. Once, 15 persons, 12 children, our parents and one nephew, lived there but we are not all under one roof in one country any more. The family home now exists in a state of splendid isolation or solitary splendour. My daughter Alia Amala lives in England, Renuka Vijaya is in PT and my son Shiva Valmiki lives in Chaguanas. My last son Yudhistha Avishkar is with me in PT. Those were the days, like the singer Mary Hopkins sang, we thought would never end. But sadly it has ended with migration, marriages and the passing of three children and our parents.
Read more

Still Just the Two of Us

My name is Ria Ramoutar and my husband Hazarie and I are the first “official” couple in Trini to the Bone, even though we appeared separately.

I’m from Chase Village, Carapichaima. My older brother Dale, sister Nicole after me and I are all a year apart. Our brother Kris is six years younger than me and in his 40s now, but I still see him as the baby. My dad Ronald passed three years ago and my mom is Janet Balkaransingh. My mom gave us all very short first names because we had such a long way to go on our surname, Balkaransingh.

My grandparents lived in Malick, Barataria, on the outskirts of Morvant, a place that holds a special place in my heart. Nowadays you think it is the worst area. But Nicole and I would walk everywhere and feel safe as Victor and Vera Villafana’s granddaughters. We knew people from Morvant side and Sixth Avenue side.

We walked to my primary school, Orange Field Hindu. I was a very reserved child. I was afraid of everything. And cried for anything. name is Ria Ramoutar and my husband Hazarie and I are the first “official” couple in Trini to the Bone, even though we appeared separately.
Read more

A Trini in Bara B’dos

My name is Gary Greenidge and I have to make do with Bajan doubles.


Greenidge is a good Bajan name. My dad was Bajan. My mom is from Grenada. Me and my brothers are first-generation Trinidadians. Gerard is the eldest, Richard is under me and Robin is the last.
My dad was married before so I have sisters and brothers from that side. I have a sister who lives in Barbados too and family in Six Roads I didn’t realise I had. Pumpkin vine kinda thing.

My son Malakai Greenidge’ mom is a white Bajan, Andrea Medford. I’m a man, I don’t have preference. If my heart flutter for you, it flutter for you. And I go where my heart go. Her heart show her me and things was all right with me and her. They live in Canada now but my son like Trinidad. My girlfriend now is German but she lives in Barbados.


Read more

Just the Two of Us

My name is Hazarie Ramoutar and my wife Ria and I are the first official couple in Trini to the Bone, even though we will appear separately.
I’m from Central, Freeport. Other than three years at UWI, I lived at Arena Road until I was 27.
My father Mathura worked at a chicken farm for 40 years, my mom Leela for at least 20. My eldest brother, Dave, is in air-conditioning in Miami, my other brother Keshore is a mechanic. Hands-on stuff. Keshore and my sister Indera both live two or three minutes away from my parents. I am the last child in a very blue-collar family. My dad is one of 14 kids, my mother, one of four. So We had LOTS of cousins. I have three siblings.
Where we are today is not the life I would have pictured, growing up as a young boy in Arena. I was the first from that family of 14 siblings to go to university. A few of my younger cousins followed suit eventually.


Read more

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