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My name is Bhisham Maharaj and
I carry the duty-free liquor to planes
at the airport.
I m from Manzanilla. Live the
same place all my life. I just turned
49 and I m working with the (same
family) since age nine.
My father used to work there with
them so I used to go help him cut lawn.
Is [the same] one family who owned
the duty-free store.
I went Sangre Chiquito Presby-
terian School, Five Rivers Junior
Sec, then Northeastern College. But
I suffered real bad with asthma so,
most of the time, I was out of
I never finish the exams because,
whenever I start to study, I had to
come out the class, because I start to
If I had a little more education, I
might have been a lot better off. But
common sense does reach plenty way!
If I take on any stress, I get the
asthma. I don t have it so strong
again because I get to know what
cause it: you have to relax; anytime
you take on anything, so it come on.
As an asthmatic, you can t study
the asthma, you have to do the
work. The money, the amount
of things you have to do, to
make ends meet. I couldn't study
the sickness. Dry season, the
amount of dust, when you finish
cutting lawn, your skin white with
dust! But you have to go at it.
After 27 years, me and my
wife break up. Work hard, Sun-
day to Sunday, build my house
everything, I had to leave it. The
woman just feel she get young
since she marry (off) the daughter
and she pick up this young guy I
didn't know anything about,
because I work my life out, just
working to make them happy. And
I just leave everything, get out of
the place, and gone back by my
parents. Build up a little place and
I living there. Is hurt me to know
but that's life.
I believe in God. That is what
have me alive. Else I d be six
feet under! It not easy. You know
how many times I's be driving up
that [Manzanilla] stretch and just
forget everything? Just go blank?
That's why I telling you I believe
My daughter is 26, married
and in Toronto. As she get cit-
izenship, my wife leave me next
day. My daughter tell me, "Daddy,
don't study nothing. I with you."
She always wanted a house in Toco
so that's where we heading to.
You get more outside but the
Trini food is really the best.
I never look for my wife,
never take it on. Else I d be
down! But I have real people,
good people behind me, who
helping me with this, day-by-
day. Is going two years now and
like I can't get over it. I's come to
work and nobody don't know what
I going through. I try to be happy
and laugh. Help out the passenger
We don t have no boss over
we. You have something to do,
you do it. When alcohol come,
you have to receive it and bring
it in. You have to make sure the
people who buy they alcohol col-
lect it before they board. But they
cut alcohol sale off an hour before
the flight, so you have plenty time
to reach upstairs. We's try to be
The most I ever carried up
for one flight was over 60
parcels. That is Carnival time,
people buying Hennessey
White. You don't get it in the
States and, if they do get it, is
US$100, they say. So that is the
most fastest selling thing in any
store in the duty free.
The best part about my job
is that it have no boss over we.
When you have a boss over
your head, the work s be stress-
ful. If the boss come and he need
something to do, he just say, "I
want this do" and we do it. So the
A Trini is somebody who like
minding other people business.
Ask them anything about people
and they know---but they don't
know about they own self!
Trinidad & Tobago is a par-
adise, really, still. My daughter
living in Canada, she have every-
thing. But, when she resign, she
say she have to come back to
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