Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur is published by C Hurst and Co priced £ It is available from the Guardian. In , a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie”—the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on. Coolie Woman. The Odyssey of Indenture. Gaiutra Bahadur. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE ‘A genealogical page-turner interwoven with a.

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Bahadur rightly highlighted the incredible mistakes perpetrated by the British and the entire Indian indenture system.

Quotes from Coolie Woman: She also excavates the repressed history of some quarter of a million female coolies. The Odyssey of Indenture, a personal history of indenture shortlisted in for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for artful political writing.

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

For all that it is trying to do, it is not a particularly hard read. The short story, told through the eyes of a bodyguard assigned to a politician in an unnamed Latin American country, is written almost entirely in question form. Archived from the original on 24 June Retrieved 1 November Riveting, engaging and accessible, this is story of Indian female indetnure labour in Guyana. A very recommend read.

Books with missing cover All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Pages containing links to subscription-only content Articles created via the Article Wizard. Outstanding book, at a superficial level its kind of an anthropological who-dun-it of looking back towards the Indian Diaspora in Coolif. They communicate my own attitude to the archive and its elisions and biases: But she is careful womah stress that coolie ships were not slave ships; indentured women also played games, sang, worshipped, fell in love and began the process of re-inventing themselves for their new lives.


Many of them left husbands and families behind to migrate alone in epic sea voolie “middle passages”–only to face a life of hard labor, dismal living conditions, and, especially, sexual exploitation.

Oct 22, Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Through the story of Sheojari, Bahadur shows how. I found myself surprised because with many of these type of history books, focusing on a particular cultural group and written by a member of said group, there is a tendency to romanticize the story. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Bahadur, Gaiutra,author. The connection to slavery and colonialism is bare and neces an incredibly readable and fascinating history and analysis.

Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Afzal, Ahmed Summer Bahadur-speaking at the South Asia Literature Festival- was asked why the book was written as a form of narrative history rather than fiction. The writer excavates new ore from old seams. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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These questions allow me to imagine interiorities withheld by the written record. But this is no simple account of victimhood.


An excellent piece of reading especially of a period of Caribbean history which seems to have taken on a HIStory part and unspoken her-story remains silent. She is the author of Coolie Woman: Bahudur’s longing curiosities about her ancestral past leaves a notable personal imprint on the page.

Shunned by society, odysseyy sometimes in mortal danger, many coolie women were either runaways, widows, or outcasts.

Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture

The Odyssey of Indenture is a genealogical page-turner interwoven with a compelling, radical history of empire told from the perspective of indentured women. This book caught my eye cpolie I recently started doing genealogical research on my own family; and my paternal grandmother was the granddaughter of indentured East Indians.

To see what your tbe thought of this book, please sign up. Carter, Marina 1 January What an amazing work, deeply researched and interestingly told.

A century later, her great-granddaughter embarks on a journey into the past, hoping to solve a mystery: A work of remarkable excavation, shedding light on the history of indenture- not only as a system, but its impact on diaspora identity too.