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My name is Ram Sahadeo and I
worked 24 years in Caroni Ltd, starting
as an apprentice welder and became
I m a sugar man. I born in sugar
and have been in sugar all my life.
I plant cane, grow cane, cut cane, trash
I eat in the best restaurant in
the world every day: at home. My
wife is a great cook and can cook
I went to Mon Repos RC School.
A teacher---Anthony Robinson, I
consider to be an angel in my life---
he made me feel like I was some-
body. Coming out of the sugar estates
in Tarouba, I was the only Indian boy
in a mainly African school. Roti is a
big thing now, but you had to hide the
roti back then!
I ve been to a Catholic school, a
Presbyterian school and a Hindu
school in Debe, too. I believe God
would not give anybody a monopoly
I don t know if there is an after-
life. I think this one is the real
thing. Make the best out of this. Try
not to hurt anybody.
Do not rob anybody of
their labour. My mother was
a cane-cutter like my father.
A very hard worker. She s
done too much for one per-
son in one life and robbed
too often. It s a pity they have
not recognised people like them,
to give them their due pension, as
well as their NIS.
I m quite happy. I haven t
achieved all the things I
wanted but, if I look
back from where I
came, I m quite
content. If I had to
go back again
through this life,
I would ask for
The oil and
the riches of
Trinidad are being taken from cer-
tain places. If the pipeline is behind
my house, although it s the coun-
try s oil, the first person who
should benefit from that is me.
You can t have a nice road going to
collect the oil and I still living in a
poor shelter, dirt track coming to me
and pit latrine. You got to admire the
people who endure this foolishness. If
was me, they can t come for that oil.
I d cut the line every time.
I have six brothers and six sis-
ters. I was number four. I have
three beautiful girls.
Two are married, one
has two little boys.
don t think about
children any more.
We think about
grandchildren. My son
is 17. He is more or less
Bajan because we
moved to Barbados when
he was seven
Sheila, my wife, is the love of
my life. We re going 34 years now
and she brings me so much happiness.
Every day, you know: every day.
My father was given three
months to live, prostate cancer.
He came to Barbados and lived
nine years. My mother is still with
us.I m a proud and hardworking
person and feel I should be able
to give direction to things I work
hard for. In the Caroni scenario, I was
not able to take it where it should
have been. And I wanted to do some-
thing with my life, in my lifetime, in
sugar. I moved to Barbados to be chief
engineer of a sugar cane factory. I ve
been on my own, my own company,
for two years now.
I work night and day but I don t
think my job is like work.
My eldest daughter is 32, my son
is 17. He was what they call the
taytar-baytar---either very good or
very bad luck.
I think he brought very good luck
I am a loner and you can t beat
a loner. A loner thinks 24 hours a day.
I like my Indian songs. In Barbados,
now, I listen to them on YouTube.
I was born with hearing in only
one ear. Which is good, too, because,
if the wife start in a different way, I
could turn the other ear, not the other
I ve visited too many factories
where everybody is very busy in
meetings but the factory itself is
When I go to work, for anybody
I work for, I work 500 minutes a
day. That s the difference between
someone who will get something done
and someone who will just exist for
eight hours every day.
A Trini is somebody who will
land in Trinidad and look for dou-
bles first thing.
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TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
Sugar Man found
Attorney Shabiki Cazabon
is the new president of the
Lions Club of Diego Martin.
Cazabon and other members
of the new board were
installed during the club s
40th charter anniversary
dinner and installation of
officers ceremony on June 6.
The event was held at the
T&T Hospitality and Tourism
Past international director,
Douglas X Alexander, of
Brooklyn, New York, conduct-
ed the installation ceremony
of the newly elected board for
the fiscal year 2013/2014.
The new officers are:
• Shabiki Cazabon: presi-
• Suzanne Wood: 1st vice
• Theonilla Brown: 2nd vice
• Patricia Downer: 3rd vice
• Richard Mc Comie: Sec-
• Reynold Clarke: Treasurer
• Nicholas Solomon: Tamer
• George Matthew: Tail
twister and membership
• Harold Heath and Deirdre
Hunte: One-year directors
• Karen Piper-Taylor and
Ronald Adams : Two-year
• Lion Cassandra Zamore:
Immediate past president, also
serves on the Board
Also in attendance was past
international director Terence
Boswell Inniss, the club s
founder and guiding Lion,
who presented Melvin Jones
Fellowship Awards to Lions
Reynold Clarke and Nicholas
Solomon in recognition of
their contribution and dedi-
cation to their club and Lion-
Lion Mervyn Thompson
received a Progressive Fellow-
ship Award and Theonilla
Brown was named the club s
Lion of the Year.
Lions club announces
new Diego Martin officers
New president of the Lions Club of Diego Martin Shabiki
Cazabon, sitting at right, with past international director
Douglas X Alexander. Standing, from left, Richard Mc Comie,
Karen Piper-Taylor, Cassandra Zamore, Theonilla Brown,
Suzanne Wood, Deirdre Hunte, Ronald Adams, Reynold Clarke,
George Matthew, Patricia Downer, Nicholas Solomon and
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