socanews.com  
 
 
   
 
 
 
home | articles | The glossy side of T&T          [989 page views]
 
 
The glossy side of T&T
By Stephen Spark
United Kingdom
Photograph By Stephen Spark
Wednesday 14 November 2012 : 9:00 GMT

A special Golden Jubilee Edition of a glossy hardback book, Trinidad and Tobago – Terrific and Tranquil, was launched at the World Travel Market travel trade show in London in early November.

This beautifully produced book, edited by Arif Ali, is very much the officially authorised portrait of the twin-island nation. It opens with a page each on the roles of the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Development Company, while the list of ‘supporters’ includes pretty much every government ministry, official body and major company in the country. You can be sure that this book has been very carefully engineered not to rock the boat – the pictures of snakes and sharp-toothed caimans are nowhere near the pages on politicians!

Nevertheless, it takes us on an undeniably seductive ride. Most people will probably skim over the rather corporate text and concentrate instead on the photographs, which, naturally enough, show the best side of Trinidad and Tobago’s smiling face, from steelpan, mas and tassa, to sporting heroes and heroines, natural beauties, flora and fauna, and vibrant city scenes. It’s the one-stop shop for everything T&T, a sort of high-gloss Wikipedia in hard covers, and none the worse for that, for it is very well done. If you want to know about ‘the media since independence’, it’s here; if you’d like a ‘history of the presidency’, this is the place to find it. For the really keen, there are 14 ‘reasons to trade with and invest in Trinidad and Tobago’.

For most readers, however, it’s likely to be the pictures of Carnival, Jouvert and pan that arrest their attention. Abundant creativity and sheer zest for life are compellingly characteristic of Trinidadians and Tobagonians, as is amply demonstrated by the impressively long roll call of famous names in the section on the UK and North American diasporas. It’s these human stories, rather than worthy discussions on healthcare and the oil industry, that make this book worth the cover price.

Trinidad and Tobago – Terrific and Tranquil (ISBN 978-1-906190-37-8) is published by Hansib (www.hansib-books.com; email: [email protected]) at £25 in the UK, $50 in the USA and €40 in the EU.

Comments
 
RELATED
London Calypso Tent gets ready for the Notting Hill carnival season
Thu 7 Aug 2014
 
Notting Hill Carnival starts in October!
Mon 21 Jul 2014
 
USVI Soca Queen is ready to take charge
Mon 21 Jul 2014
 
 
Follow Us
Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Youtube
Share On Pinterest
Rampage brings real mas to Newbury Carnival
Wed 1 Jul 2015
 
Notting Hill launches promotional video
Tue 30 Jun 2015
 
Garlin works with Dynamite
Mon 29 Jun 2015
 
John La Rose’s dream continues…
Mon 29 Jun 2015
 
St Paul’s Carnival cancelled
Fri 26 Jun 2015