"CURRY CASCADOO" a book of short stories written by Trinidadian film maker Kamalo Deen was launched last month in New York as part of this country's Indian Day Arrival Celebrations.
The launch was held at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York. Consul General Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam was one of the persons adressing attendees. Tassa drumming, indian music song and dances were all part of the event.
Last year, the first launch of the book took place in San Fernando.
Deen who now resides in New York had described his book: "The story of a tragic period in the life of a Caribbean immigrant to New York. Troubled by loneliness, failing health and a longing for life as he remembers it in his native Trinidad, he struggles desperately to complete work on a novel he’d been writing for many years. As he stumbles towards his ultimate goal, he’s haunted by memories of past relationships and thoughts about the true significance of his life."
He said: "The story is told in the form of letters, poetry and recollections. Curry Cascadoo combines strong feelings of joy and suffering, love and loneliness, nostalgia and doom and provides compelling storytelling throughout."
The book is a delightfully easy to read story filled with many local terms and places. The writer, a former waiter, taxi-driver and school-teacher, was born in 1944 in Preysal. He grew up in Gasparillo. His two films which proved to be a success were Bacchanal Time and The Panman.
The book is published by his company Pempaleh International Productions.Last month the book was launched in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. In Ottawa, the event was hosted by the Trinidad & Tobago High Commission and the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Ottawa.
Deen said he was awaiting launch dates for Miami, Washington DC & Boston. He thanked the government for supporting his book.
Curry Cascadoo can be purchased on-line.