Lest We Forget: Descendents of Indenture
Athol Williams, Deirdre Jonklaas Cadiramen, Simit Bhagat with Janet Steel
Deirdre Jonklaas Cadiramen, a Sri Lankan of Dutch-Burgher heritage, educated in Colombo, retired as Executive Secretary in Dubai, prompted by a stay in India she embarked on creative writing in 2000 and published 3 books. She was shortlisted for the 2002 David T K Wong Fellowship, one of her stories was translated into Telugu for an anthology of Sri Lankan Women’s short fiction, three of her poems were translated into Sinhalese, her Austin A35 restoration story won second prize in the July 2008 issue of the UK-based Classic Cars magazine. Her childhood on Ceylon tea and rubber plantations gave her a first-hand insight into Indentured Labour.