Leicester Oral history Archive Collection
Speaker: Batty, Rhupinder, 1943 - , Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Florance, J., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in India. Talks about her father being a soldier, the family moving and family farm. Gives description of education at girls' school, subsequent time at college and interest in acting. Comments lack of qualifications main factor in early marriage and move to England. Details husband's arrival in England, move to Nottingham and work as bus conductor. Mentions her socialist affiliation before leaving India. Describes arrival in England and impression of Nottingham, including lack of sense of Asian community. Comments on fascination with Television and never experiencing prejudice. Mentions husband taking an economics degree at Trent Polytechnic and returning to India. Recalls return to England and move to Leicester in 1977, where she eventually got job with Thorn Lighting. Comments on difference between Indian Asians and Ugandan Asians and gradual political involvement of Asians in Leicester. Reflects on husband's job not reflecting his many qualifications. Comments on changes and regeneration of Leicester, and lack of mixing of people. Talks about the Labour party and most Asians being Tory. Mentions her children.
Place of birth: India
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 6/5/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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