Guest Info

Paul Keens-Douglas, also known as Mr Tim Tim, is a renowned raconteur and social commentator in the English-speaking Caribbean. Born in Trinidad on September 22, 1942, he has a diverse background in theatre and creative arts. With a focus on Trinidad & Tobago and Eastern Caribbean vernacular, he excels as a writer, performer, and producer, showcasing oral traditions through his Tim Tim Show and Carnival Talk Tent. As a self-published author, he has released numerous volumes of work, albums, videos, CDs, and DVDs. His characters, including Tanti, Vibert, and Sugar George, have become iconic figures in Caribbean literature. 

Paul’s work has gained international recognition, appearing in anthologies, media outlets, and translated versions in multiple languages. With his broad appeal and family-oriented material, he captivates audiences worldwide with his humour, wit, poetry, storytelling, and social commentary. Additionally, Paul Keens-Douglas serves as a Global Indian Ambassador, contributing to cultural exchanges and development initiatives.

About the Show

Join host Rajan Nazran in this captivating episode as he engages in a thought-provoking conversation with the brilliant storytelling genius of Indian origin and comedian Paul Keens-Douglas.

Delving into the realm of storytelling, Paul unveils his remarkable journey of preserving language and dialects through his unique narratives. With a keen focus on preventing cultural dilution, he highlights the significance of keeping the essence of stories intact, avoiding the pitfalls of translation gaps. Whether through poetry or social commentary, he consistently weaves narratives that resonate with audiences.

Paul reflects on the evolving landscape of identity politics and the emergence of a more inclusive mindset, where people with diverse backgrounds are embraced and their stories cherished. Having connected with fellow Caribbeans during his university days, he experienced the power of national pride in shaping language and culture. He firmly believes that true West Indian identity is not defined solely by material possessions, but by the thoughts and ideas one produces.

Furthermore, Paul introduces his unique talk show concept, the “talk tent,” where diverse storytellers with distinct styles come together to create an enriching environment for sharing captivating tales.

Embark on a journey into the intricate dynamics of storytelling by tuning in to this extraordinary podcast episode.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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