Skills Project: Oral History

Roger Arditti

Abstract


My mother's family had for many years lived in British India and I have grown up with tales from what appeared to be a very romantic period. My grandmother had been able to relate many different stories about her family’s day to day life. However, if I asked her about the political developments of the period she always quickly replied that she did not like or know anything about politics. Thus, on a number of occasions, I had left her home thinking that while she might profess not to have an interest in history or politics, under the right circumstances and with the right stimulus, she may be able to provide illuminating and unique information not only about her life but the last years of the Raj and the birth of Pakistan.


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