Who is Sara Bharrat?

I grew up in Craig when people in the front parts of the village were transitioning from mud firesides to gas stoves, when they were selling off their cows in favour of keeping broiler chicken pens in their now limited backyard space and when they had just begun to fill in their pit-latrines one at a time.

My grandfather’s name was Mohan. I knew him as an old man, who was taller than the men in our family and still very muscular-looking up to the day he died. He was a cane cutter; a star among his peers. For many years, he was the top producer at the Diamond Sugar Estate, God rest its soul. While he was alive I didn’t understand who he was or the importance of his story to who I am and what being Guyanese would come to mean to me.

At the age of 11, I gained entry to St. Stanislaus College. My early years there were full of uncertainty and it was a long, hard struggle for identity. I think it was then that I learnt the art of creating masks. There are few people from that era of my life who can tell you where I lived or about my family. I guarded my personal life and my origins very closely. I began by being ashamed of who I was and then I was afraid of being shamed because of where I came from.

Before I was 10, my mother’s cousin migrated and left me some of his books. I read everything from Physics to History to Agricultural practices to Ancient Civilizations and Art. I never stopped reading. It was my passion for reading that allowed me to bond with children who were from different worlds and it was my love for reading that taught me to see the world in words.

Very early on, I found that if I wrote about the things I didn’t understand then I’d eventually learn to know them intimately. Writing became my way of searching for the truth in the world around me. And it was through writing that I came to know myself.

I believe that the most important lesson I’ve learnt up to now is that writing is easy, but telling the truth – allowing yourself to be vulnerable so that others can learn – is hard.



Interesting facts:

In keeping with her passion for the arts and freedom of thought, Sara serves as a Secretary/Director on the Moray House Trust Board.

In June 2015, Sara Bharrat was elected as a Director on the Board of Transparency Institute Guyana Inc. (TIGI) . She held the title of First Vice President at the end of her tenure.

She is a Global Shaper and has been a member of the Global Shapers Community – Georgetown Hub since August 2014.

In November 2015, Sara received her BA in English (Literature/Linguistics) with distinction from the University of Guyana. She was also awarded the Denis Irving Prize for outstanding contributions to the cultural life on campus.

Sara has almost a decade of experience in journalism and began her career at the Stabroek News.

Until October 2019, Sara served as the resident communications woman over at Conservation International-Guyana.

She is currently the Local Program Officer for the International Republican Institute in Guyana.

Apart from this, Sara is a writer who runs a few times a week, loves her nani very, very much and probably eats too much baigan choka.

19 thoughts on “Who is Sara Bharrat?

  1. I’m a “little” older, and I do remember both men. I never saw either in the flesh, so I too learned the stories. And it’s curious how only the caricatures of both stayed with me. I look forward to reading more of your observations, Thanks!

  2. Hi Sara, I am so proud of you!! I am Sis. Veda — was involved in CEF– if you can remember. I am just about writing a conclusion for a research on a multi sector approach to curbing corruption. My mind wandered a bit and here I am in your virtual space! Keep going! Will check you out again soon!

  3. Just admire your prose, guts and confidence! Keep at it. Many of us cannot put them all together like this. Will be following your blogs! Proud of you!

    1. Thanks Zarena, I’m glad my words could touch you. When I don’t feel like writing, I’ll remind myself of your words here.

  4. Hey Sara,
    Hope all is Well. I’ve stumbled on your blog looking for payment systems to Guyana and found eloquence( or type of Grace) in the way you write. Loved it all so keep in coming :). I saw you held many portfolios as well very impressive and interesting.I believe you may be a good fit for feedback on solutions to shape small mind(Kids/teen) in Guyana: through reading, coaching, PR etc.

    I’m Guyanese,by the way, and believe people are good at improvising(Guyanese especially) things(in action),but are infested with a level of cognitive bias(Mental) that limits their progress in general. Rooting out such bias helps from expanded reading and coaching to which i see you making a positive contribution.

    Have you ever thought of this? More so is your blog focus mostly on general topics of Guyana?

    Also what are some ‘good reads’ you recommend;ones that has best shaped you as a person growing up in Guyana.. Thanks you:)

    Best Regards

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