ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mirrored Voices

 
A tête-à-tête with a 95-year-old Nepali cultural historian endows the experiences of both narrator and interviewee with new meaning and shared connections.

I woke up in a fit of anticipation. I was going to interview Satya Mohan Joshiji, the 95-year-old cultural historian. The previous evening, I had dropped by his house but was told that he was about to go out to inaugurate a conference and we could not talk then. He asked me to come back on the morning of 25 April 2015 at 9 am.

When I arrived, Satya Mohanji told me he did not wish his talk to be recorded as he was not really prepared and did not want to make “mistakes.” I had heard from Kanak Mani Dixit that Satya Mohanji was unwell—he had had a stroke. He now told me about it and said he could not speak for too long at a stretch.

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