Over the past month or so I have been analysing Caribbean Indian identity, namely ethno-local and ethno-national. In this column, I will move on and analyse the third of the multipartite model of Indian identity – ethno-trans-Caribbean.An ethno-trans-Caribbean identity is when an individual does not identify or see him or herself in relation to a specific country in the Caribbean but identifies with other countries across the Caribbean. Put differently, individual as well as collective thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are associated with other countries in the Caribbean rather than be restricted to one specific country.When asked, for example, who are you, where are you from, the general reply is that I am a Caribbean person. However, this form of identity is restricted within Caribbean countries that share somewhat similar cultural characteristics.Spanish-speaking individuals or Hispanics in the Caribbean tend to identify with Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and so when they say they are from the Caribbean they are implicitly referring to an insular trans-Caribbean identity in the northern Caribbean.Similar sentiments of identity are found amongst African Caribbeans, although these sentiments are further separated according to language and religious affiliations. Rastafarians share a typical trans-Caribbean identity but French Caribbean Africans may not identify with English-speaking Africans, for example.The legacy of colonialism is mainly responsible for this insular identity but there are efforts to address this colonial sin through various Pan African-Caribbean movements.As far as Indians are concerned, they share an ethno-trans-Caribbean identity with Guyana, Trinidad, and Suriname, countries with large Indian populations, rather than with Antigua, St Kitts, Puerto Rico, or Cuba with small populations of Indians and a different sense of identity.An ethno-trans-Caribbean identity is not common among Indians but it is an alternative form of identity that cannot be easily dismissed. This form of identity is religiously-oriented in the form of Hinduism and Islam to provide a sense of security and stability for trans-Caribbean Indians. It is expressed through the assertive Indian Council for Culture (ICC), Arya Samaj, Santan Dharma, as well as other Islamic and Christian organisations, although the latter may comprise other ethnic groups like Africans in the Christian Baptist religion.These religious organisations have pushed for Indian empowerment, recognition, and revitalisation in a Creolized Caribbean. See the works of Morton Klass (1996) for Indian revitalisation movement in Trinidad and Van der Veer and Vertovec (1991) for Brahmanism across the Caribbean.The establishment of a private Hindu school in 2002 in Guyana by Swami Aksharananda represents not only a need for the revitalisation of Hinduism in Guyana but also in Trinidad and Suriname. I understand that the Swami plans to build a dormitory for teachers and researchers as well as a Hindu university to attract Indians from across the Caribbean and further afield.Muslims in Guyana have also intensified and broadened their external contacts, not only with India and Pakistan, but also with countries in the region – Trinidad and Suriname – and with the Arab world. What has happened in the process is the formation of an ethno-trans-Caribbean identity, creating a common space where Muslims meet and mingle through regular visits.Interestingly, an ethno-trans-Caribbean identity is not restricted to the insular Caribbean but it is also noticeable and vocal in the Indian North American and European diaspora. This is possible because, as Benedict Anderson (1991) suggests elsewhere, a trans-Caribbean identity can be imagined. Even though Indians in the diaspora have no personal knowledge of each other, they share a civic nation in which similar values, interests, images of camaraderie, citizenship, and community are expressed.It is in New York, Toronto, and London, for example, where the images of a civic trans-Caribbean identity are expressed. To feel connected with their trans-Caribbean identity in these new societies that discriminate, Indian Caribbean immigrants have formed associations like the Ontario Society for Services to the Indo-Caribbean Community (OSSICC) to deal with the everyday challenges of North American society and to practice segmented assimilation patterns, that is, maintaining contact with the Caribbean while integrating selectively into North American society.These Indians express a trans-Caribbean identity through their trans-national lifestyle. They are in Canada but their Caribbean past is highlighted, their achievements in Canada are appreciated, and their differences from Canada are valued. Some of this is expressed in associations, religious domains, clubs, newspapers, and radio stations.For some, a search for or an expression of ethno-trans-Caribbean identity is genuine, while for others it is an excuse for claims and counter-claims in a foreign land. In consequence, misplaced and misguided feelings may prevail(send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Perlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez topped NU-Boysen’s Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal to win the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Santa Fe Open Sunday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPerlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez bested NU-Boysen’s Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal, 21-18, 21-16, to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Santa Fe Open Sunday in Cebu.It was Tan and Rodriguez’s second consecutive championship, winning all five matches in the beach volleyball circuit’s third visit to Cebu province.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Honoring rivalries: Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL schedule It was still a great run for Parcia and Depedro, who scored a 21-18, 15-21, 15-9 win over NU Boysen 1’s James Buytrago and Pol Salvador to arrange a finals duel with Abdilla and Lopez, who overcame an energy-zapping opening set to dispose Visayas 1’s Jade Becaldo and Kevin Juban, 35-33, 21-17.Buytrago and Salvador completed their first-ever podium finish after besting Becaldo and Juban, 21-18, 21-19.In the quarterfinals, Tan and Rodriguez bested PetroGazz’s Jonah Sabete and Melanie Torres, 21-17, 21-17, the Doromal’s rallied from a set down to beat Air Force 2’s Angel Antipuesto and Mikaela Andres, 18-21, 21-16, 15-13. Pantino and Cabalza dominated Cebu’s Therese Ramas and Krizia Talacero, 21-9, 21-8, while Lizares and Señas outlasted LNMB-Tanjay’s Natsu Kilamura and Katrina Epa, 23-25, 21-12, 15-9.The men’s quarterfinals action saw Parcia and Depedro turn back the Cebu-Russian pair of Amil Pacinio and Mike Shavrak, 21-16, 21-16, Abdilla and Lopez down Bacolod’s Nonoy and Inaudito, 21-12, 21-18, Buytrago and Salvador stun Visayas 2’s Fort Libres and Raphy Abanto, 21-17, 21-14, while Becaldo and Juban needed three sets to subdue AboitizLand’s Krung Arbasto and Jason Uy, 20-22, 21-14, 15-13.A BVR Sandroots clinic was held in coordination with Cebu Provincial Sports Commission, with coaches Jason Gabales, a Santa Fe native, and Grace Antigua leading the program.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tan and Rodriguez were first challenged in the semifinals, rallying from a set down to beat Air Force 1’s May Ann Pantino and Jozza Cabalza, 14-21, 21-18, 15-12, while the Doromal sisters topped Bacolod’s Bianca Lizares and Margie Señas, 24-22, 21-19, in the other pairing.Pantino and Cabalza settled for third place after prevailing over Lizares and Señas, 21-15, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSharing the spotlight were Air Force-AboitizLand’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez, who overcame a first set loss and rallied from a 4-8 deficit in the third set to nip University of St. La Salle-Bacolod’s Harold Parcia and Neil Depedro, 11-21, 21-16, 15-13, and emerge as men’s champions for a third consecutive time.The triumph was a fitting send-off for Abdilla and Lopez, who also ruled the December Open in Manila late last year and the Puerto Galera leg two weeks ago, as the Air Force standouts will now fully concentrate on the national indoor volleyball team preparing for this year’s Southeast Asian Games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’
Enmore’s closureA number of cane planters, along with officials of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), staged a picketing exercise outside the head office of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in another effort to dissuade management from closing the Enmore Estate.The workers and their Union strongly believe GuySuCo is setting the stage to shut down the Estate as it has been five weeks since cane planters have been unable to perform their traditional job following a decision by the Sugar Corporation to cease planting at the Estate.According to the planters, GuySuCo is adamantly maintaining that they must takeSome of the workers protesting outside GuySuCo’s Headquartersup cane-cutting tasks. They also alleged that in instances when cane planting was unavailable, they were offered other tasks that were currently available on the Estate.“Such denial is not in keeping with the agreement between the Union and the company and is another disrespect meted out by the Corporation to its hardworking employees,” GAWU said in a statement to the media on Wednesday.As a result, the planters are calling on GuySuCo to provide them with their normal tasks or to pay them in lieu of work.The planters are also upset that a request by GAWU to engage Agriculture Minister Noel Holder remains unanswered at this time. The Union’s request to Minister Holder followed an engagement between the planters and the Union with Minister within the Social Protection Ministry with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott on March 27.During that engagement, Minister Scott had suggested that an audience with the Agriculture Minister be sought. The Union and the workers positively considered Minister Scott’s suggestion.During the protest, workers held up placards with messages such as: “Closure of Enmore Estate spells disaster for workers and their families”, “Cane planters are not cane cutters – give us our normal work”, “We oppose closure of Enmore Estate”, “Closure means more misery and suffering for us”, “We planters are demanding pay in lieu of work”.In light of their strong belief that the halting of cane planting is an indication of plans to close the Enmore Estate, the workers are very much apprehensive about their future, especially taking note of the depression that has gripped several communities following the closure of the Wales Estate.On April 11, Enmore workers and residents marched against the perceived closure, even though neither GuySuCo nor Government was yet to make an official pronouncement on the future of that estate.Meanwhile, GAWU said it was informed that Government would be presenting a white paper on the sugar industry to the National Assembly today proposing that the industry be significantly minimised through further estate closures and sale, and certain services provided by the industry either be discontinued or funded by the State.
New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek broke his left leg and will be out four to six weeks, the team said Sunday. Martinek, who recently returned from a broken foot that sidelined him for nine games, was injured again Saturday in the Islanders’ 4-2 victory at Montreal. The fifth-year player came off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after he was checked into the boards behind the Islanders net by Canadiens left wing Guillaume Latendresse. Martinek landed awkwardly on his left ankle when he bounced off the boards after absorbing the seemingly harmless check. He was sitting up as he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. The Islanders recalled defenseman Drew Fata from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and had him in the lineup Sunday during a 2-1 shootout loss to Washington. Martinek played in the Islanders’ first 36 games of the season, but has missed 10 of the past 17. He has two goals and 15 assists. The 30-year-old native of the Czech Republic broke a foot Dec. 26 against the New York Rangers and played again the next night at Ottawa. It wasn’t until threedays later that the injury was discovered. Former Blues part-owner dies: Robert L. Wolfson, who helped bring the NHL to St.Louis and was a part-owner during the Blues’ early success in the late 1960s, has died. He was 88. Wolfson, who lived in the St.Louis suburb of Clayton, died Friday at a hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo., Rindskopf Roth Funeral Chapel said Sunday. Wolfson, Sidney Salomon Jr. and Sid Salomon III obtained an NHL franchise for the city in 1966. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Owner Stan Kroenke has given the beleaguered boss his full backing despite the team’s alarming slump in form.Arsenal are 11 points adrift of Leicester in the Premier League title race and were dumped out of the FA Cup at home by Watford on Sunday.They face Barcelona in the Nou Camp on Wednesday needing to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to progress to the Champions League last eight.Fans clashed outside the Emirates following Sunday’s Cup exit and, should the mutiny in the stands get worse, Wenger could do the unthinkable and leave before the end of his contract.Sources insist Wenger is as determined as ever to continue, but increasing bitterness from supporters who once revered him has shaken the manager.Wenger has always maintained he will leave when he no longer feels he is the right man for the job.And the behaviour of fans until the end of the season could be pivotal as English football’s longest-serving current boss ponders his future.The Arsenal board believes Wenger has earned the right to plan his own exit given the sterling service he has provided since arriving in 1996.The club has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups under the 66-year-old and there is no prospect of Wenger being sacked.Kroenke fully expects Wenger to remain in charge until at least the end of next season, when his deal expires, but the club is developing a succession plan for when he does call time on his distinguished Gunners career.That is a clear indication they believe their manager’s time at the club is drawing to a close and they are considering potential replacements.Pep Guardiola was viewed as the ideal man, but the Spaniard has committed himself to Manchester City.If Wenger, who earns £8million (Sh1.2bn) annually, remains at Arsenal next season, how the club start the campaign is likely to have a significant bearing on whether the board consider extending his deal or implement the succession blueprint.Indeed, there are indications that Wenger is planning for a future at Arsenal beyond next season.The manager has played a key role in improvements at the club’s London Colney and Hale End training bases, as well as the restructuring of the scouting system.At least £70m (Sh10.1bn) will be made available to Wenger this summer to strengthen the squad. But another season without a sustained title challenge could result in Kroenke and Wenger taking a big decision in the summer of 2017, if the Frenchman has not walked away already.Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford on Saturday, a fourth defeat in their last six matchesIn the shorter term, the Gunners fear convincing star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to sign new deals will not be straightforward.Talks are underway with both players because they will enter the final two years of their contracts this summer.The club had been confident Ozil and Sanchez would stay, but recent turmoil has raised fears the duo may look elsewhere.Meanwhile, the underperforming Arsenal squad are facing up to losing millions of pounds in bonuses if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal are currently third in the table, just three points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham.-Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Some Arsenal fans unfurled a negative banner directed towards Wenger against Hull last week.PHOTO/ReutersLONDON, March 15 – Arsene Wenger is concerned that growing supporter unrest could force him into an early Arsenal exit despite having the indisputable backing of the club’s board.The Frenchman, who has one year left on his deal after this season, will be allowed to mastermind his exit strategy but acrimony from Arsenal supporters means he could consider walking away after 20 years in north London.
There is a place in the Connacht Senior A Championship on offer for St Attracta’s Community School this afternoon.The Tubbercurry school go up against St Jarlath’s of Tuam in today’s semi-final in Claremorris at 12.30pm.Colm McGee’s side were beaten finalists last season, but have already won this year’s Connacht Senior League title back in December.The school are looking for a first ever A Championship title, and have already booked their place in the Connacht junior final.
The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep from April 13-27. Each April and September, NCDOT calls on volunteers from across North Carolina to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches and community groups play an important role in keeping North Carolina’s roads clean.“North Carolina is a more beautiful place thanks to the thousands of volunteers who donate their time every year,” says David Harris, State Roadside Environmental engineer. “We cannot do this alone, and their efforts ensure our state is a great place to visit and live.” Volunteers are provided with clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local NCDOT County Maintenance Yard offices. Last year, volunteers, Adopt-A-Highway groups and NCDOT employees removed more than 500,000 pounds of litter during the spring litter sweep. Visit the Litter Sweep webpage for more information. Questions can be directed to Kim Wheeless at (919) 707-2974.
Share This!©Rikki NiblettWe are officially one month away from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! I have to admit, this one always sneaks up on me so fast, but I also love when it’s back because that means that spring is almost here! Details about the event for 2016 are slowly trickling out.First, we have word that there will be two new Outdoor Kitchens for this year’s event. The first will be known as La Isla Fresca, where they will serve up dishes like Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. There will also be the Cider House, which will offer a Field Greens salad with greens harvested from The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with a blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Fla. Of course, the festival’s other 11 booths will also offer delicious returning favorites, as well as some new food and beverage options.Also new for this year will be the Harmony Gardens musical playground, which will include interactive drums, chimes, and xylophones where children can create their own musical sounds or have fun at the innovative outdoor playground. The area will also debut debut featuring topiaries of the Fab Five with “band leader” Mickey Mouse plus Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck.As previously mentioned, the new front entrance topiary will feature Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie with floral interpretations of the 1943 Donald Duck comic book called “The Victory Garden”. Another new topiary for this year is the Ranger Mickey topiary garden, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, which will allow guests to take selfies and family pictures.Also new for this year on the south side of Spaceship Earth, the park will see that the Disney gardeners have painted the landscape with a Floral Sun garden and yellow “sunbursts” that will sprout in a new Future World topiary garden featuring Minnie Mouse and Pluto.Speaking of gardens, a new edible flower garden will be located by The Land pavilion will showcase petals with flavor. Plus, the Butterflies on the Go garden will return with the story of the Monarch’s epic journey across the continent and featuring butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.Each weekend, there will be the Fun Fresh Weekends which add a fun element to the event. Upcoming weekends for this year include April 1-3 — Art in the Garden Weekend which spotlights nature through the works of plein air artists; April 8-10 – The new Family Fun Weekend presents outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy and a Festival Center focus on bugs with Disney’s Animal Kingdom specialists; April 22-24 – Earth Day Weekend will celebrate our planet with special appearances and activities; and April 29-May 1—Florida Fresh Weekend will feature the state’s edible bounty from Apalachicola to Zellwood.Returning this year will be the Cactus Road Rally play garden with topiary pals Mater and Lightning McQueen from “Cars.” In addition, Anna and Elsa from Frozen who debut last year will be moving to the Norway Pavilion.The Garden Rocks concert series will once again return and will present pop bands with music spanning four decades. This year’s lineup kicks off March 4-6 with The Orchestra starring former members of ELO and will also include new acts like Bad Company.This year’s event will take place for an expanded 90 days, from March 2 through May 30. For more information about the event visit EpcotInSpring.com. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Joe Devance scattered 19 markers, four boards, and three assists, while Slaughter collected 16 points, seven rebounds, five dimes, and four blocks off the bench in the win.Caguioa uncorked all of his 13 markers in the fourth quarter as three other players finished in double-digits for the Gin Kings.Game 2 is on Wednesday at Batangas City Coliseum in Batangas City, and Cone expects a much-prepared TNT squad for the tiff.“Game 2 is probably going to be pretty exciting. One way, we’re happy that we’re able to play like this because we’re able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game 2,” Cone said.“There’s always positives and negatives to blowouts in a series. But we basically got done what we wanted to do today, in terms of getting the ball inside to Joe, Japeth (Aguilar), Justin, and Greg, and we also defended well.” ADVERTISEMENT UAAP Starting 5: Week 4 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Brownlee fired a team-high 21 points on an efficient 10-of-15 shooting clip on top of eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals.The 29-year-old forward, then, teamed up with Greg Slaughter to further pounce on the hapless KaTropa in the third quarter, before Mark Caguioa followed suit in the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“They beat us up in the eliminations, and we got them today,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.The Kings got back at the KaTropa, who manhandled them,121-92, in the elimination round. MOST READ PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a 17-19 deficit into a 31-21 lead.ADVERTISEMENT It was a complete annihilation on the part of the Gin Kings, who controlled the boards, 54-42, and led by as much as 34 points, 113-79.Glen Rice Jr. paced TNT with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, but committed seven turnovers.Jayson Castro chipped in 16 markers and seven dimes, while Roger Pogoy got 12 points and five boards in a losing effort.The scores:GINEBRA 121 – Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, J. Aguilar 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 10, Mercado 7, Thompson 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, R. Aguilar 0, Helterbrand 0.TNT 94 – Rice 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Is it a good week to travel overseas? Is there a holiday fling waiting? Should you be careful about the mode of transport? Or will your travel plans come to naught? Travel with tarot to find out what the week ahead has in store for you.
Aries (March 22-April 20): Queen of WandsWhether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, your goals are easily met early in the week – your stellar attitude and subtle leadership put the world in the palm of your hand. Watch out for someone you can click with in a remarkable way. On Wednesday and Thursday, you’re liable to be frustrated with some aspect of your trip. Adjust your attitude – try offering help, and try to see the magic in the differences. By the weekend, though, you’re truly hitting your stride, going in the right direction, meeting people and communicating rather than just skimming the surface. Taurus (April 21-May 21): Eight of SwordsThe sheer foreignness of some aspects of your trip is disconcerting at the beginning of the week, but try putting it in perspective. Instead of tallying up positives and negatives, appreciate newness in all its forms. By midweek, you gain a new, remarkably deep understanding, the kind that makes travelling worth its weight in gold – and you’ll get there not by spending money but by delving into the real culture of your destination. Keep the vibe going this weekend; avoid tourist traps, don’t buy silly souvenirs and get the lowdown from the locals. Gemini (May 22-June 21): Ace of CupsReflecting on your trip while actively partaking in the cultural feast all around you broadens your perspective in radical ways at the beginning of the week. The intellectual leaps you make now will propel you long after you’re back home. Don’t try to do too much on Wednesday and Thursday, though; sensory overload will only alienate you. Stick to couple activities, mull them over and share the experience via postcard or email with those you care about. This weekend, new acquaintances feel like fast friends – and also offer inside advice that’s worth taking.advertisement Cancer (June 22-July 22): Seven of WandsGo low-budget at the beginning of the week – simple accommodations are fine (especially if you’re out experiencing your destination most of the time), and a local cafe or eatery offers flavours and interactions you won’t get at a hotel restaurant. Midweek, you click in an unexpected way with the culture around you – work your interpersonal magic and leave any detail-oriented planning for later. Be extra polite to those in positions of authority this weekend, even if it’d be gratifying to give them a piece of your mind. Smooth it over and get back to enjoying yourself ASAP. Leo (July 23-August 22): Knight of SwordsThe system is big and complicated, and it’s important you don’t get stuck somewhere in the middle. Make your intentions known at the week’s start. This is your career you’re talking about. You have more than a small stake in it. And it’s not an act of arrogance to assert yourself, especially on Wednesday. (People who accuse others of arrogance are sometimes just experiencing a little emotion called jealousy.) The great thing is, your friends cover your back. Spending some quality time with them later in the week is not a bad idea. They will restore your confidence and energy. You have an action-packed weekend ahead. Virgo (August 23-September 22): King of CupsYour positive outlook and sense of excitement about your trip bring all sorts of interesting experiences your way at the week’s beginning. Don’t fret if your itinerary is shifting; making room for serendipity is what it’s all about. Midweek, listen carefully to locals or fellow travellers, and withhold judgment as you absorb cultural differences. A deeper understanding awaits if you don’t jump to conclusions. You’re in high spirits this weekend; do some solo exploring, boldly striking out in a random direction to see what treasures and pleasures await. Libra (September 23-October 23): Queen of PentaclesIt’s all roses for you on the road on Monday and Tuesday; you’re approaching your trip creatively, fearlessly trying new things and connecting with others (perhaps even romantically). Take a lot of snapshots, including mental ones – you’ll treasure the intensity of your experiences for a long time. Things could get a little thorny midweek, however, be flexible and offer help to others to improve your travel karma. This weekend, balance your desires carefully with respect for the culture you’re immersed in. Appreciate the differences on their own terms, and you’ll be richly rewarded. Scorpio (October 24-November 21): King of WandsWhatever you’re feeling, try to be open to this other person at the outset of the week. This is not a business relationship, this is a personal relationship, and there’s a huge difference, which you’ll notice on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s understandable that you’ve confused the nature your work life with the nature of your private life, because work is just about all you can concentrate on these days. Take your mind off everything this weekend by treating yourself to dinner at a favourite restaurant. Sagittarius (November-22-December 21): Seven of CupsTake some new thinking out and about with you on the road at the beginning of the week. You’re learning not only about where you are, but where you’ve come from and who you’re going to be. You relate exceptionally well to others now, too, so strike up conversations and listen up. Keep extra track of documents and belongings on Wednesday and Thursday, as you’re liable to misplace something important. Consider playing or watching a local game or sport this weekend. Even if it’s not your thing, the experience itself can be amazing.advertisement Capricorn (December 22-January 20): Six of WandsStay away from great new schemes you encounter on your trip at the beginning of the week, especially if they involve moving money around. If someone won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, you have reason to be skeptical. On Wednesday or Thursday, your natural compassion leads to an unexpectedly deep involvement for someone who’s just passing through. Go ahead and help; your trip will be richer for it. This weekend, prioritise safety and comfort above extravagances, and make contact with home. Aquarius (January 21-February 21): Three of PentaclesAt the week’s outset, what you bring to your new locale is just as important as what you’re getting from it. Your energy and interest inspire those you meet, creating a true cultural exchange. Midweek, evaluate your values with an eye towards your travel budget. Cheap seats at a sporting event can put you in the thick of things in a way expensive concert tickets never will. By Friday, your sense of freedom is expanding, and you’re packing thrills in left, right and sideways. Now this is travel, the way it’s meant to be! Pisces (February 22-March 21): Four of PentaclesIf you’re having trouble focusing on your itinerary on Monday and Tuesday, don’t just feel overwhelmed by choices and do nothing. A group tour can help you get the lay of the land as well as let you meet some fellow adventurers, and reading up on the area enriches your experience tremendously. Midweek, splurge on a fabulous meal or tickets to something unmissable. Your trusting nature is commendable, but approach amazing offers, supposed antiques and the like, with skepticism this weekend – and remember, you really only do get what you pay for. Dr. Sapna Zarwal is a Tarot Card reader and a child psychologist. She can be reached at: https://www.facebook.com/TarotReaderSZ