Ask your grandparents

In the first part of this Oral history series, we share conversations with grandparents who were kind enough to agree to talk to us. We asked them about the public places they go to, how they reach there, and how public life has changed over the years. We invite you to listen to their stories! 

Kirti’s Dadi (76) is a nature lover and likes to visit near by parks in the morning. She is also very fond of shopping from her favourite places like, palika market or quila road etc. in the city. (Rohtak).

Interviewee: Dadi of Kirti

Interviewer: Kirti

Kirti's Nanaji is a simple person who belongs to a small village in (Hasanpur) Samastipur, Bihar. He likes to go for walks in the local college ground and here he has talked about his experience there.

Interviewee: Nanaji of Kirti

Interviewer: Kirti Kumari

Ayushi's Nani (63) is a very religious person and enjoys visiting temples, shrines and holy places. She is also fond of shopping from crowded market areas which form a major part in the heart of her hometown/city (Hazaribagh).

Interviewee: Nani of Ayushi

Interviewer: Ayushi Kumari

Ayushi's Nanaji (67) is always on a busy schedule and has to visit different cities from time to time which allows him to discover a lot of new places. He also likes a walk around the local lake area in his city (Hazaribagh) and observing the surrounding areas.

Interviewee: Nanaji of Ayushi

Interviewer: Ayushi Kumari

Chhote Nanaji of Vidisha (65 yrs) is a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand. His source of enjoyment, when out for a walk, are the children playing in the colony garden space, whose activities he has keenly observed. He also goes down memory lane to talk of maidaan-s that were such a common occurrence in the city when he was younger.


Interviewee: Chhote Nanaji of Vidisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Nanaji of Archisha (72 yrs), a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand, feels most comfortable at home but does like to visit temples every once in a while. He makes a note of all things around his place that would trigger one’s curiosity. He appreciates all the beauty that the landscape around him offers.


Interviewee: Nanaji of Archisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Chhoti Nani of Vidisha (60 yrs) is a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand. Her experience of space is determined by the people she meets. It was nice to know that for the older generation, people matter so much. Also, they connect with people when meeting them face-to face (and, not online!).


Interviewee: Chhoti Nani of Vidisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Nani of Archisha (65 yrs), a resident of Ranchi, is a seeker of a tranquil space that she finds at the nearby shrines. When she is outside of the home, watching the passers-by fascinates her. She likes to sit and observe such a ‘play’ on the streets.


Interviewee: Nani of Archisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Nanaji of Shaurya (69 yrs), a resident of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, is an enthusiastic walker. He shares interesting details about the neighbourhood he lives in and the places he walks to.


Interviewee: Nanaji of Shaurya


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Mami Dadi of Vidisha (78 yrs), a resident of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh is ever-grateful for a social gathering in the company of her friends who often make her day with kirtan and food. She reminisces the good old days with friends that were always a source of joy.


Interviewee: Mami Dadi of Vidisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Mamu Dadaji of Vidisha (89 yrs), a resident of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and a young man at heart, always has stories to share from his bundles of experience. He is accustomed to this because it is exactly what his grandchildren often demand. He talks of his choice of places in detail.


Interviewee: Mamu Dadaji of Vidisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Father of Farheen (70 yrs), a resident of Margao, Goa is a practical person who appreciates a cool environment and definitely enjoys a quiet time at the beach. To him it is a matter of being away from the crowd and finding his own serene space.


Interviewee: Father of Farheen


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Mother of Farheen (64 yrs), a resident of Margao, Goa, yearns to sit at a space on the beach that refreshes her mind and leaves her with much peace.


Interviewee: Mother of Farheen


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Mother of Rohini (74 yrs), a resident of Panjim, Goa, finds calmness at the church. She is ever delighted to hear the chirping of young children at her neighborhood garden where she likes to go for a stroll. Her delight is evident in the way she giggles while talking about them.


Interviewee: Mother of Rohini


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Nanaji of Vidisha (79 yrs), a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand, is a man who lives by the clock and finds peace by the temple. As simple and straightforward as he may sound, he likes to bask in the light of good thoughts that the temple environment offers him.


Interviewee: Nanaji of Vidisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

Nani of Vidisha (71 yrs), a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand, narrates her fondness for the local temples, trees and flowers as well as the children that she longs to see in the public space of her choice.


Interviewee: Nani of Vidisha


Interviewer: Vidisha Sahay

If you like, please do add here stories from talking to your own grandparents! You can also talk to your friends’ grandparents or anyone else you know from the older generation. We think there is so much to learn from them about how public spaces have been in the past and how they could be in the future!! 

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If you would like some tips on how to interview grandparents on public spaces, do send us an email. We’ll be happy to send you a Grandparents’ Interview Guide!