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Interview of Ashish Kundu by Mahbubur Rahman

Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Ashish Kundu, originally from Bangladesh, has developed a deep affinity for coastal and near coastal places, eventually settling in Norwich. A doctor in the Accident and Emergency Department of an NHS hospital, Ashish's journey involved a shift from his initial aspiration to become a scientist. He spoke fondly of his father, a university professor and author, whose influence sparked his interest in writing. Reflecting on his childhood and young adulthood, Ashish recounted memories from Sussex University and his educational experiences in India. Actively involved in a voluntary organization called Sandhani, he shares impactful stories of encouraging blood donations. In his leisure time, Ashish enjoys gardening, music, writing, and reading. Expressing the importance of consoling and easing patients' heartache, he noted this as a common oversight in the medical profession. He applauded the National Council for Writing's project preserving Bengali life stories, recognizing the cultural richness they bring to the historical record. Overall, the interview captures Ashish's diverse experiences, professional journey, and his appreciation for preserving cultural narratives.

Interview of Gias Miah by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2

Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Gias Miah, a chef and community figure in Norwich, shares his life journey from Bangladesh to England at the age of 2. Despite having no memories of his birthplace, he emphasizes his strong cultural ties and frequent visits to Bangladesh. Gias manages the restaurant 'Tamarind' in Blofield Heath, where he engages in charitable activities for the community. Family is crucial to him, with fond memories of his wedding day and a deep admiration for his late father, who was a politician, who remains his ultimate inspiration. Gias is proud to call Norwich home, expresses a desire to share his knowledge by resuming courses at Norwich City College, promoting the importance of tradition and culture, especially in the culinary arts.

Interview of Shefa Begum and Jewel Khan by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2

Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Shefa Begum was born in Norwich in 1983, shares insights into her cultural heritage and family life. She described her love for traditional Bengali dishes, learned from her mother and sister, and the joy of cooking together with family members in a clay stove. She highlighted her family's early settlement in Norwich, where her father established a business called 'Curry House', located in Anglia Square, Norwich. Despite being the only Muslim and Asian girl in her school, she did not experience racism. She emphasized the changes in Norwich over the years, with more Bengali children attending her former school. She discussed the evolving communication patterns among today's youth, contrasting it with the close-knit interactions she experienced while growing up. She reflected on the changes in the availability of cultural amenities, such as the emergence of a mosque and Arabic lessons. She also shared details about her family, including her marriage and her three children. Finally, Shefa expresses her longing for Bangladesh, where her late father's grave is located, and her plans to visit Turkey with her family in the near future.

Jewel Khan, born in Bangladesh in 1978, shares his journey from a young boy helping his father run a shop to becoming a successful businessman in the UK. Despite his grandfather's plea to avoid a lifelong career in shop keeping, Jewel embraced the opportunity and expanded into a fertilizer business, benefiting the local community. The eldest of seven siblings, he moved to the UK in 2001, eventually starting a successful restaurant in Wroxham called Royal Pizza and Kebab. After 20 years in business, Jewel closed the restaurant to spend more time with family and travel. He expresses a deep connection to his roots, missing the cultural elements and family back in Bangladesh. Jewel appreciates the diversity in Norwich today, contrasting it with his initial sense of isolation, and expresses gratitude to the 'Queen and ... the British Parliament for [providing] immigrants the chance to live fulfilling and prosperous lives [in the UK]'.

Interview of Mahbubur Rahman (Mash) by Chris [Gribble], part 1 of 3

Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Mahbubur Rahman, also known as Mash, discusses his life in Bangladesh and the challenges he faced due to his liberal beliefs. Born in Sunamganj, he grew up in a middle-class family with five siblings. Despite societal criticism, his mother pursued a career in family planning. In Bangladesh, Mash engaged in various activities, including business, banking, and community projects. Fearing religious intolerance, he moved to London in 2011, facing initial challenges but eventually settling in Norwich. There, he encountered racism, started a family with three daughters, and faced many difficulties in 2018. Despite these setbacks, his involvement with the National Centre for Writing and Bengali community projects helped him rebuild his life in Norwich, where he strives to create connections and cultural awareness.

Interview of Nifa Karim-Uddin and Moyen Uddin by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2

Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Nifa and Moyen, a married couple who have lived in Norwich for the past eighteen years, share insights into their diverse backgrounds and experiences. Nifa, born and raised in Portsmouth, and Moyen, born in Sylhet, Bangladesh and raised in Cambridgeshire, discuss their family histories, migration to the UK, and the blend of cultures in their lives. Moyen's childhood involved alternating between the UK and Bangladesh for education, while Nifa, rooted in her Bengali heritage, developed a deeper connection to her culture after marriage.

The couple highlighted the vibrant Bengali community in Norwich, primarily from Sylhet and engaged in businesses such as catering and retail. They discussed the challenges of integrating into a new society, emphasizing the warmth and hospitality of the people in Norwich. The interview touched upon their involvement in the community, raising awareness about cultural heritage, and the significance of oral history projects in fostering understanding among different communities. They expressed appreciation for Norwich's historical and cultural aspects, acknowledging their evolving awareness through the years.

Nifa and Moyen, both professionals in the medical and pharmaceutical fields, reflect on the changing multicultural landscape of Norfolk. They recalled initial encounters with misconceptions about their cultural background but recognized the openness and friendliness of the local residents. The couple shared anecdotes about their family life in Wroxham, emphasizing the supportive and friendly community they found there.

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