Dec 19, 2012 Letters
I have noted that within the last month there have been several letters penned in the newspapers under the name “Seema Chatterdeo”. I wish to state that this ‘incarnation’ is in no way related to respected medical practitioner, Dr. Seepersaud Chatterdeo or to Attorney-at-Law, Mohalani Chatterdeo-Persaud or any other Chatterdeos in Guyana.
Further, I wish to assure the reading public that over the years I have extensively researched the existence of other persons with the surname “Chatterdeo” and have found none outside of my family. Internet searches also fail to reveal the existence of other persons bearing this surname.
My research has revealed that on the 2011 List of Electors issued by GECOM, the only “Chatterdeo” appearing outside of my family is that of one person bearing “Chatterdeo” as a first name. As a matter of fact, the name “Chatterdeo” is my father’s sole name. Hence, it became my mother’s surname upon marriage and the surname of the three children produced as a result of that marriage.
My father has no child named “Seema”; neither of my brothers is married to a “Seema”; neither of my brothers has a child named “Seema”; I do not have any children. I have searched the internet extensively for “Seema Chatterdeo” and could only find the recent letters and a Google + account.
I wish to caution the newspapers to verify the existence of persons submitting letters for publication. In particular, I wish to advise the newspapers to request proof of identity from this writer in future before publishing any further letters.
Should “Seema Chatterdeo” be a fictitious character, I wish to caution you and other aspiring letter-writers to do better research before choosing a pseudonym. If, however, you do exist, I am always happy to meet someone who shares this unique surname and I humbly apologise for any embarrassment that this letter may have occasioned to you!
Maybe as a result of some serendipitous occurrence you are the sister God forgot to send me?
Mohalani Chatterdeo-Persaud, LL.B., LEC
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