Oral History Interview for SAADA

Such a lovely interview by Gaiutra Bahadur (whose Coolie woman is one of my favorite books based on the life of the subaltern) of her aunt Kokila Bahadur for SAADA, who arrived in America when she was in her late 20s as a nurse trainee at a local hospital. Today, she is 81 and in this interview, she remembers her departure from Guiana to America, her work and things she saw as she worked in hospitals and sugar estates throughout her life in Guiana and America. It’s really lovely to hear when she says, we were born poor and we live poor but I only want to remember happy memories.

It’s a very rich interview, and it teaches you amazing stuff about how to approach interviews and subjects, making oral histories, and about narrative storytelling. I am mainly focusing on the technique here.

I absolutely love the spirit of Kokila Bahadur. It’s inspirational. I won’t spill the beans, just follow the link and listen on.

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