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My name is Devika Watkins. I was born on a little Island named Leguan which is in the Essequibo River, Guyana.  Guyana is quite unique in its state. It is a part of the South American continent and also part of the Caribbean.  Guyana identifies with the culture of the Caribbean because Guyana was once colonized by the British.

My life growing up was quite interesting. From age 0-9 years old, I lived on the Island of Leguan. At the time there was no running water, electricity or paved roads.  Life was very simple and beautiful. I moved to the city of Georgetown at nine years of age to attend High School, St. Stanislaus College. I failed every single subject when I wrote my C.X.C and G.C.E exams. My life was difficult with economic and social challenges. I remember the sheer frustration I felt upon seeing my school friends earn great jobs and careers, while I remained hopeless. Through it all, my reading and writing took root. 

I migrated with my family to USA when I was 18 years old. I attended La Guardia community

College. I still remember the sheer hunger and joy I felt, being given a second chance to go back to school. At the time, I was working and studying full time. I have changed many jobs in my path to find myself. I began working in the Airline Industry in 1996 and is currently working at Delta Air Lines as a Flight Attendant. I have traveled vastly and have experienced many cultures and situations in my travels which inspires me. While working full time with Delta Airlines, I also attended FIT in NYC on a full time basis. This is where I found my calling. I was very inspired by the skill and vision of my professors and peers. I am qualified as an Interior designer. Because of this, I have been inspired to write and produce ‘Shades of Shade’, which is a coffee table book containing my poetry and original works of art produced by 13 artist from different countries around the world.