Brij Lal is one of the leading historians of Fiji. In a professional lifetime spanning more than 40 years, he has written widely about Fiji and the Indian diaspora. Now living in exile in Australia, Lal has collated a series of his essays in a new collection – available free for download – that chart Fiji’s past and present, and the lived experience of the girmitya who made Fiji their home.
The essays are divided into three parts. The first deals with aspects of the indenture experience in Fiji. The longer narrative essays are followed by creative pieces that seek to explore the inner lived experience not documented in archival sources. Part 2 explores aspects of recent political developments in Fiji and seeks to understand the patterns and processes of change at work.