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Caribbean Beat Magazine

Gaiutra Bahadur: enigmas and arrivals

When writer Gaiutra Bahadur — born in Guyana, grown up in the United States — set out to answer questions about her great-grandmother, she discovered that “facts get compromised with time.” Her book Coolie Woman uncovers hidden stories about the “odyssey” of indentured Indian women in the Caribbean, writes Nicholas Laughlin

Far Essequibo

Rising in the Acarai Mountains near the southern border with Brazil and flowing to the Atlantic Ocean more than six hundred miles away, the Essequibo River is the greatest of the “many waters” that give Guyana its name. For centuries it was a highway into the country’s interior, and today it still offers a route through all of Guyana’s extraordinary natural landscapes — and some history lessons too. Here are snapshots from an imagined journey upriver, from the Essequibo’s broad estuary to the remote highlands where it begins