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A James Bond who touches
M s feet to seek blessings be-
fore setting out for a mis-
sion? One who only shakes
(not stirs) his buttermilk?
You had better believe it.
Please meet the cleaned
up, chaste, well-behaved
James Bond---trending in
India as #SanskariJames-
Bond---an ironic hashtag
prompted by a censor board
decision to "cut short"
Daniel Craig s kissing scenes
in the movie Spectre, which
releases in India on Thurs-
That s right. James Bond in
his current avatar, simply
kisses too much for the tastes
of the Indian censor board,
and so they have been re-
duced in length.
Ashoke Pandit, a member
of the censor board con-
firmed that the kissing
scenes had been cut, but in-
sisted it was a decision taken
in his "personal capacity" by
India s controversial censor
board head Pahlaj Nihalani.
"Yes, this decision (to cut
kissing scenes) was taken by
Pahlaj Nihalani. He does
these kind of things. Other
shots have also been cut
along with the kissing scene.
This seems like a joke. If you
do this to a James Bond film,
then it s shameful," he told
BBC Hindi. (BBC)
Indians ridicule cuts to Spectre kisses
Of all the items that
most in her home,
a Pyrex measuring
cup is one. After all
these years, the cup
has remained in its pristine state.
No chip, no fade. It is as clear as
the day she received it as a prize
for her cookery skills as a young
student at Tranquility Girls School.
She was eight years old at that time.
Cookery has been her life, from
four years old when she watched her
mother, a teacher, prepare meals for
the family, Massiah said the kitchen
has been her sanctuary. Even now,
her kitchen does not look over-
Her tabletop and counters are pro-
tected with plastic although she con-
tinues to prepare her own meals.
Her "babies" are her Sears stainless
steel pots---which are more than 30
years old and in sterling condition.
"My hands are my God s gift," she
said. "Not sweet (hand) so much but
the blessing was there."
Yet her black cakes were in
demand to ship to England. Not to
mention, she was a master at jub-
jub for socials and pastry tarts for
meetings. She is perhaps responsible
for three generations of women who
have been able to manage their
households through her development
of the Home Economics curricu-
For many who are familiar with
the name, Pearl Messiah is consid-
ered a local pioneer of home eco-
nomics in T&T. She formulated the
syllabus for teachers.
Back when she started, it was
known as domestic science and
served as an understanding for future
homemakers to manage their house-
There is the assumption that tak-
ing care of a family requires little
effort; some hold the view that it is
based on feminine or motherly
instincts that give way to cooking,
cleaning and even sewing.
But the Caribbean Home Eco-
nomics Association s definition of
Home Economics embraces an
approach that requires more than
It defines the secondary school
subject as "the field of knowledge
and service primarily concerned with
the strengthening of family life."
Facets of Home Economics focus on
family relationships, nutritional
needs, child development, textiles,
garment construction, and manage-
ment of resources.
When Massiah started her journey
in the field, she was ten years old.
As a post Standard Five student at
Tranquility Girls, she was groomed
by teacher Lily Jordan to prepare
meals for the teachers. Back then
she used a coal pot and sometimes
a big box oven.
After Senior Cambridge, she went
the Catholic Women s Teachers Col-
lege where she did domestic science
training with Mother Vincent.
"I always wanted to be a teacher,"
she said. "I come from a family of
teachers from my mother, Erica
Innis, who taught at Princess Town,
St Madeleine, Oropouche, and San
Fernando RC Schools. My uncle
Berkely was also a teacher and the
first town clerk in the San Fernando
Massiah taught at Woodbrook
Secondary before leaving for England
on scholarship. She earned it after
passing the City and Guilds exams.
She was so good that she got an
exemption from the second exam.
Three years later, she returned to
Trinidad in time for the opening of
the John Donaldson Technical Insti-
Working there, she visited schools,
developing the secondary school
programme on behalf of the Ministry
"I trained the teachers at John D
who were sent to five secondary
schools. I gave them notes about
food, cookery, how to prepare a bal-
anced meal," Massiah said.
"I taught them to be good home
makers, taught them the value of
foods---the nutritional value and how
it affects the body. I taught them
how to shop. I took them grocery
shopping and encouraged them to
read the labels first. It s all round
training of the woman in a home---
in every aspect."
She was also the supervisor of
school meals; this was before the
present day box lunch.
"I got to see what the students
were being fed," she explained.
"I used to travel in my little car,
visiting schools around the country.
In fact, when I had my Morris---and
I remember the number, P 6590---
I was the third woman to drive in
In her personal life, Massiah
remained unmarried. That is not to
say she didn t have suitors, but she
said the relationships simply didn t
work out. She has no regrets about
remaining single, though, and has
dedicated most of her life to teaching
She has passed on all that she
knows in the kitchen to her students
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For many who are familiar with the name, Pearl Messiah is
considered a local pioneer of home economics in T&T. She
formulated the syllabus for teachers. Back when she
started, it was known as domestic science and served as an
understanding for future homemakers to manage their
households. There is the assumption that taking care of a
family requires little effort; some hold the view that it is
based on feminine or motherly instincts that give way to
cooking, cleaning and even sewing.
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shows off one of
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