am from Malabar. I am not a Hindustani. I served my indenture in
Fiji in Navua.
It is difficult for me to relate why
I came. Everyone who enlisted as labourer came here under somewhat
was enticed by a recruiter and I knew nothing about Fiji. In the
depot all one did was eat, drink and make merry. On board the ship
we were well fed. We were woken up at 3 a.m. to cook our food. The
Australian Europeans who worked us were evil because, as my parents
had told me, Australian whites were jail-birds. We knew this in
India; that Sydney and Australia were jails.
They were like us, they too had
contracted to work for five years. They too had a girmit to serve.
They used to kick us and whip us.