Interview with Narayan Raghavan (Bangalore, India)

The Zubovsky Project
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Jessica Bachman, Interviewer |

0:00 - Introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Narayan Raghavan introduces himself and states his relationship to the interviewer. He is being interviewed at his home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore (India)

Keywords: Bangalore; Bengaluru

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GPS: Narayan's home in the Raharajeshwari Nagar district of Bangalore
Map Coordinates: 12.921593, 77.517307

0:48 - Growing up in the Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) colony, Bangalore

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Segment Synopsis: Narayan talks about his childhood growing up in a colony of Bangalore built for public sector employees of Indian Telephone Industries.

Keywords: Bangalore; Chennai; childhood; free education; government sector; health; health care; Indian socialism; Indian Telephone Industries; Karnataka; Madras; Post and Telegraphs; primary school; public sector; socialism; telephone factory

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3:54 - Brahmin grandfather rebels/ father puts off marriage

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Keywords: arranged marriage; Bangalore; Brahmin; education; government jobs; High Court; Indian Army; Indian Telephone Industries; marriage; poverty; Presidency College Chennai; siblings; Tamil Nadu

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8:11 - Starting first grade at four years old/ parents’ aspiration for government jobs

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Keywords: English-medium school; government jobs; Kannada; Kannada Language; Kannada-medium school; perquisites; retirement benefits; school friends; siblings; Tamil-medium school; vernacular school

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12:28 - Living in socialist India/ public sector employment

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Partial Transcript:poverty; middle class; definition of middle class; socialism; Indian independence; socialism; private sector; public sector; scooters; mopeds;bicycles; two-income family; festival spending;

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15:46 - Waiting lists for telephones, mopeds, color TV

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Keywords: auto rickshaw; Bajaj scooters; cinema; color television; deficits; entertainment; India Posts and Telegraph; Indian Telephone Industries; luxury goods; luxury transportation; mopeds; radios; telephone; television; two-wheelers; waiting lists; weekends

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20:29 - Listening to filmi songs on the radio

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Keywords: All India Radio; Bollywood songs; filmi songs; Murphy radio; Vividh Bharati

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21:47 - Indian Westerns/ cinema tents

26:29 - Transitioning to English medium school/ studying engineering

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Partial Transcript:secondary schooling; engineering; English-medium schools; urban living; Indian Telephone Industries colony; student life; Bangalore; engineering college; job hunt;

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31:55 - First job out of college/ marketing for steel import company

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Keywords: 103 km per hour on bicycle; bicycle engines; certification; cycle engine manufacturers; D-Mac Industries; employment; hot roll coils; Ind-Mac; Indian imports; marketing; milage certification; steel imports; steel production; technical certification

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36:22 - Marriage/working abroad in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong

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Keywords: Chennai; elopement; Europe; ex-pat life; German; Germany; Hong Kong; India; joint family; living abroad; love marriage; Madras; marriage; Saudi Arabia; savings; travel

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46:12 - Returns to Bangalore to join export boom /economic liberalization in India

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Keywords: Basmati rice; Dubai; edible oils; exports; hand-made paper; international trade; low margins; Mauritius; tuna factory

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55:04 - Looking up to Amitabh Bachchan/getting into the shrimp export business

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Keywords: Africa; Amitabh Bachchan; cricket; customs delays; film stars; heroes; Iraq War; Kolkata; shrimp business; shrimp export; Sri Lanka; Thailand

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63:31 - Call centers, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) grows in Bangalore/ Narayan starts his own cultural training company

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Keywords: accent training; Athiya; BPO; business process outsourcing; cultural training; economic liberalization; entrepreneurship; instructional design; MNC; multi-national corporations; outsourcing; shift work; training industry

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68:38 - American and British comic books

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Keywords: Archie Comics; comic books; detectives; James Hadley Chase; Richie Rich; Sputnik comics

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71:12 - Posting letters to the Kremlin, receiving books in return

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Keywords: coffee table books; Cold War; color printing; foreign books; free books; Fuji colors; glossy paper; Indo-Soviet relations; Kremlin; letter writing; offset printing; printing quality; publication; Soviet books; Soviet Union; sports books; travel books; USSR

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78:19 - Reading British and American literature during college years/ cousin moves to Ukraine, Kazakhstan

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Keywords: paper quality; Sputnik comics

Subjects: American literature British literature Colonialism Great Britain James Hadley Chase post-colonial Soviet Union

83:56 - India's military relations with Soviet Union and Russia/ recent trip to Moscow

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Keywords: fighter jets; Indian airforce; MIGS; military

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