Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Saima Choudhri, April 6, 2010

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Background and education

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Partial Transcript: --and, um, April sixth, two thousand ten.

Segment Synopsis: Choudhri talks about when and where she was born. She then talks about the religious education she received as a child, as well as her education in several languages. Choudhri also discusses going back to school after her first child was born.

Keywords: Bengali language; Burkahs; Children; Choudhri, Waheeduddin; Dhanmondi (Bangladesh); Education; English language; Families; Grandfathers; Hajj; Literacy; Mogul Empire; Mothers; Muslims; Parents; Poets; Prayers; Praying; Purdah; Qur’an, the (Book); Religious education; Schools; Sylhet (Bangladesh); Sylheti language; Urdu language

Subjects: Bangladesh--History.; Children; Education; English language; Families; Grandfathers; India--History; Islamic clothing and dress; Literacy; Mogul Empire.; Mothers; Muslims; Pakistan--History; Parents; Poets; Prayer; Purdah; Qur'an; Religious education; Schools; Sylhet District (Bangladesh); Sylhet, Bangladesh; Urdulanguage

GPS: Dhanmondi (Bangladesh)
Map Coordinates: 23.7465, 90.3760
00:05:06 - Educating Muslim women and girls

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Partial Transcript: And did she, did she keep purdah?

Segment Synopsis: Choudhri discusses the practice of purdah, which required women to be fully covered when they attended classes. She then talks about a relative who founded a school for Muslim girls.

Keywords: Bengali language; Burkahs; Education; English language; Girls; Hajj; Kolkata (India); Mothers; Muslims; Purdah; Schools; Urdu language; Women

Subjects: Bangladesh--History.; Education; English language; Girls; India--History; Islamic clothing and dress; Kolkata (India); Mothers; Muslim women; Muslims; Pakistan--History; Purdah; Urdu language; Women

GPS: Kolkata (India)
Map Coordinates: 22.566667, 88.366667
00:08:42 - Poetry

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Partial Transcript: Um, you, you studied English from school?

Segment Synopsis: Choudhri talks about starting to write poetry when she was in the sixth class. She then talks about the subjects of her poetry, such as her emotions.

Keywords: Books; Books, children’s; Children; Children's literature; English language; Poetry; Poets

Subjects: Bangladesh--History.; Books; Children; Children's literature.; English language; India--History; Pakistan--History; Poetry; Poets

00:09:46 - Partition of India

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Partial Transcript: Where were--how long did you stay in Kolkata? When did you leave Kolkata?

Segment Synopsis: Choudhri talks about her experiences during the riots in Kolkata (India) in 1946. She then talks about her parents’ support of Pakistan.

Keywords: All-India Muslim League; Assam (India); Buses; Communalism; Dhaka (Bangladesh); High schools; Hindus; Kolkata (India); Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Partition of India; Purdah; Riots; Schools; Sikhs; Violence

Subjects: All-India Muslim League; Assam (India); Bangladesh--History.; Buses.; Communalism; Dhaka (Bangladesh); High schools; Hindus; India--History; India--History--Partition, 1947; Kolkata (India); Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Purdah; Riots; Schools; Sikhs; Violence

GPS: Kolkata (India)
Map Coordinates: 22.566667, 88.366667
00:14:11 - Independent Bangladesh

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Partial Transcript: So when do you think that, in your own memory, your opinion shifted? Then you thought East Pakistan should be separate.

Segment Synopsis: Choudhri talks about when she began to believe that East Pakistan should be an independent nation. She then discusses the benefits of an independent Bangladesh, such as freedom from discrimination.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Assam (India); Bangladesh; Brothers; Children; Choudhri, S.M.; Discrimination; East Pakistan; Grandchildren; Independence; Indo-Pakistan War of 1971; London (England); Muhajirs; Refugees; Retirement; Scholarships; Sons; War of Liberation

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Assam (India); Bangladesh; Bangladesh--History.; Brothers; Children; Discrimination; Grandchildren; Independence; India--History; London (England); Pakistan; Pakistan--History; Refugees; Retirement; Scholarships; Sons; Wars

GPS: Bangladesh
Map Coordinates: 23.8, 90.3