Interview with Rugvedita Parakh (Medina, WA)

The Zubovsky Project
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Jessica Bachman, Interviewer |

0:00 - Introduction

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1:22 - Growing up in rural Maharashtra

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Keywords: Childhood; Education; India; Maharashtra; Medical School; Mumbai

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2:41 - Father practices medicine in rural Maharashtra

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Keywords: books; community service; HIV; homeschool; math; Maths with Mommy; medical professionals; medicine; parents; science; small town doctor; values

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5:44 - Brother goes to IIT Bombay, Stanford

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Keywords: brothers; clinic; engineering; IIT Bombay; Indian Institute of Technology; Nuclear family; standford

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7:29 - Early childhood education/ choosing to become a doctor

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Keywords: drama; education; extracurricular activities; life-long learning; literature; Marathi; medical care for low-income communities; medical college; motivation; native nanguage; parents; poverty; vernacular-medium school; volunteering

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12:19 - Marrying childhood friend/father-in-law introduces Rugvedita to Solzhenitsyn and Pasternak

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Keywords: Alexander Solzhenitsyn; communism; dentistry; Doctor Zhivago; education; English movies; entertainment; equality; fairness; father-in law; generosity; justice; literature; marriage; philosophical literature; Quiet Flows the Don; Satyajit Ray; socialism; Soviet books; The Gulag Archipelago; values; world literature

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15:40 - Spouse/moving from India to Washington State

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Keywords: IIT Bombay; immigration; Indian Institute of Technology; medical school; professional career; residency; Satyajit Ray; United States; UW Medicine; venture capital

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19:01 - Early encounters with Soviet culture

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Keywords: 1978; Childrens' Literature; English translations; Indo-Soviet Relations; Maharashtra

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20:34 - Favorite Soviet book

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Keywords: Childrens' Literature; Chuk i Gek; Marahti; Plot Summary; Translation; Two Brothers; Values

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24:58 - Starting Facebook group for fans of Soviet literature in Marathi

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Keywords: Arkady Gaidar; Chuk and Gek; Chuk i Gek; Facebook group; Google; nostalgia; Soviet books; Soviet literature in Marathi

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27:06 - Soviet book exhibitions in Maharashtra/ favorite translations of Soviet children's books

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Keywords: "Soviet Nari"; Adventures of Captain Vrungel; Anil Halwaldar; Arkady Gaidar; book expos; Chuk and Gek; Lokvangmaya" People's Publishing House; PPH; print quality; printing; propaganda; reading; Soviet books; Soviet periodicals; Soviet Woman; translators; values

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33:18 - Learning about sound waves, clocks and math through Soviet books/Soviet kids' magazines

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Keywords: "Math With Mommy"; "Soviet Nari"; "What the Bat Told US"; animation; Children's' Literature; education; Engineering books; illustrations; Indian education system; Kolobok; magazines; math books; mathematics; Misha; Russia; Soviet journals; Soviet Union; USSR

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37:28 - Other family members read Soviet Books/ comparison between protagonists of Indian and Soviet stories

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Keywords: ; Anton Chekhov; Marathi; Marathi Books; protagonists; Russian classics; science literature; Soviet Books

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40:33 - Father goes to Volgograd to learn endoscopic surgery

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Keywords: education; father; geopolitics; Indo-Soviet relations; medical education in Russia; medicine; Russian language; Soviet Union; surgery; travel; Volgograd

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44:22 - Soviet children's book "Chuk and Gek" teaches humanity, equality, social justice

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Keywords: Arkady Gaidar; Chuk and Gek; equality; humanity; Indian society; social hierarchy; Soviet Books; values

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47:20 - Writing letters to Progress Publishers about translations/passing Soviet literature in Marathi onto her children

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Subjects: "When Daddy was a Little Boy" Alexander Raskin book collecting children cost of books letter-writing Marathi Progress Publishers reader responses reading request to readers Soviet authors Soviet Books translations

53:23 - Interview with Rugvedita's family

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Keywords: Arkady Gaidar; children; Chuk and Gek; Chuk i Gek; cultural exchange; documentary film; education; family; gastroenterology; Indo-Soviet Relations; Jawaharlal Nehru; Russia; Soviet books; Soviet Union; travel; Volgograd

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