I love the work you’re doing with grandmothers! I’d love to submit my grandma. She passed away in 2007 and had moved here from India in the 90s. Never spoke English and taught my brother and I so much about our native language, culture and heritage. Your work has inspired me to reminisce :)
My grandmother’s name was Nihar Banerjee. She moved to Canada in 1992 and passed away in 2007. She was such a warm and tender presence in my brother and my life. She never spoke English which forced us to practice our native tongue, Bengali. She was deeply religious and taught us about different Hindu religions and would still take the time to learn about Christianity and Jesus’ life as she thought it was important to understand the predominant Canadian religion. My grandma was an amazing cook and cooked so many great vegetarian meals (they are hard to replicate when she taught based on a handful of this and a pinch of that- I swear here hands were WAY smaller than mine :)).
~ Annisha Chakravorty
AIRdirondack Art Project
Alberta (above) +