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The giant Essequibo River. At the far bank is West Coast Demerara. Parika is now a bustling center. In the foreground is the remains of a jahaj on Leguan where Girdhari grew up.
Gary Girdhari PhD. DipEd

Trained in Life Sciences, Gary Girdhari taught in the public school in Guyana. Starting as a Pupil-Teacher at Maryville Government School in Leguan, he involuntarily aspired to be a 'good' teacher following in the footsteps of older revered teachers. 1962-63 as a student at the Teachers Training College brought new vistas to a typical country boy from a remote village in Leguan. Then the University of Guyana, cynically referred to as "Jagan night school", was started, thanks to the PPP government and the untiring labors of Dr. Harold Drayton and Professor Lancelot Hogben. The curricula at the University of Guyana were designed to produce well-rounded graduates. Thus, even a scientist can wax poetically sometimes.

Girdhari received his PhD in 1974 researching the in vitro growth of the mammalian embryo under conditions designed to simulate the uterus at the time of implantation. His Examiner, Professor E.C. Amoroso, Physiological Laboratories, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, described his work as "careful and imaginative" with "a freshness of outlook, due largely to the fact that almost every point of discussion has been verified by direct experiments or by scrutiny of the literature", and bearing "eloquent testimony of the painstaking researches that have gone into its making". He returned to teach at UG until he opted for an escape from the harshest conditions he has ever known in Guyana – economically, politically and morally. Since 1981 he has been living in New York, having spent a sabbatical year at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

At first in New York, he worked in a couple of 'ordinary' jobs, and later, as a Scientist/Embryologist in two In Vitro Fertilization Clinics.

Working in America has always been difficult. Looking at the dollar sign is pre-eminently important, even at the expense of losing one's soul. Gary Girdhari did an about turn so he could "live with himself"; and he made a conscious decision to work independently.

As a real estate broker, insurance broker, certified income tax preparer, he inter-related with the public, and saw human quality and behavior in all forms – many to have lasting memories; hence, some of his reflections and writings.

Now, he is also the Editor and Publisher of GuyanaJournal, a monthly magazine – an on-going project to disseminate relevant information, and a medium for many individuals to express themselves – individuals who have great potential, but who usually find it hard to breach the tough publishing world.

Dr. Girdhari also finds time to be involved in community-related activities, including politics. He believes that society is robbing ordinary (even not so ordinary) folks to develop culturally because of the excessive pressure of the environment. He sees a rebound effect already taking place, especially where both husband and wife must work to maintain a home. Thus he, like Pablo Neruda, advocates a balance "between solitude and solidarity, between feeling and action, between the intimacy of one's self, the intimacy of mankind, and the relevation of nature."

Dr. Girdhari is a strong advocate of democracy, grassroots activism, and good governance. He is also an environmentalist and pacifist.