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 … Read the rest
Stories by Indira Chowdhury
Dr. Indira Chowdhury is a leading oral historian. She currently lives in Bengaluru, India.
Memory and Difficult Emotions: Notes of an Oral Historian
I first met Professor Pabitra Kumar Maitra on 2 April 2003. I had just started my interviews with Obaid Siddiqi, the scientist who founded the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). But his institution had a longer history as Siddiqi … Read the rest