Item AUD 117/1/11 - Interview of Rahnuma Sultana (Raki) and Shahid Akther by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2

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AUD 117/1/11


Interview of Rahnuma Sultana (Raki) and Shahid Akther by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2


  • 12 Aug 2022 (Creation)

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Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Rahnuma, of Dussindale, Norwich, was born in Chittagong and was originally from Sylhet. Rahnuma discusses her upbringing in a railway colony in Chittagong, highlighting the vibrant childhood she and her siblings enjoyed with numerous friends and engaging in extracurricular activities. She spoke warmly about her parents, emphasizing her mother's role as a full-time homemaker.

The conversation shifted to her marriage to Shahid Akhter, a lecturer, and their journey from Dhaka to the UK in 1997. Rahnuma expressed her fondness for Shetland, Scotland, where they initially settled, and later relocating to Norwich in 2013. The couple have three children, and Rahnuma detailed the challenges she faced during her first pregnancy, which coincided with her final year of undergraduate studies.

Professionally, Rahnuma is a qualified teacher and currently works as a teaching assistant in a primary school in the UK. She shared her initial plans to pursue a full-time teaching career but had to prioritize childcare for her two young children. Rahnuma discussed her desire for a Bengali school in Norwich to teach the language to the local Bengali community, emphasizing the potential for fostering deeper connections between generations.

Shahid Akhtar, born in Karachi, Pakistan, discusses his childhood in Dhaka, emphasizing the positive environment and close relationships with friends. He highlighted the influence of his father, an automobile engineer in the Pakistan Air Force, and shared admiration for his parents. Shahid mentions his family, including three brothers and one sister, detailing their professions and international residences. He described the unconventional story of meeting his wife, Rakhi, through a medical match arranged by his maternal uncle. Celebrating their silver wedding anniversary last year, they have two daughters and a son, with Shahid attributing his shift from a seafaring career to spending more time with his family.

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  • English
  • Bengali

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Duration: 18 min. 37 sec.
Playback mode: stereo
Sample frequency: 44.1 kHz

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