My father, Jyotirmoy ‘Benu’ Choudhury would have completed a hundred years today – 23 September 2020. This is tribute written for his centenary.
Interviewing family members is messy. The interview does not stay confined to the questions one asks. Indeed, it spills into stories that the person wants to share, inviting you to look through surfaces you thought were opaque, provoking you to stare hard until your surprised eye comes to rest on shapes whose unrecognisable contours changeContinue reading “Traversing Geographies of Memory: Interviewing family members”
It took me decades of doing interviews with people from all over India to realize why these stories were important not only for my family but also for the history of contemporary India.