Masala Chat Project - Ms. Virbala Desai

Full Oral History Interview

Transcript (Document)

Birthplace

Description

Virbala Desai, 79, is a retired Montessori school teacher and one of the pioneer members of the Indian community in Chicago. The interview includes discussion of her first impressions of New York City as a newlywed shortly after her arranged marriage. She has masters degrees in Psychology and Early Childhood Education and taught Montessori school for twenty five years. She discusses her deep involvement with the Ramakrishna Mission Society and Gita study, the history and philosophy of which she shares in detail. Other topics discussed include: her large joint family, the cosmopolitan nature of Mumbai, the community of international doctors that supported one another in the US.

Identifier

oh646

License

Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Date Recorded

December 13, 2016

Interviewer

Joel Gonzalez

Extent

0:41:37

Date Of Birth

December 1937

Place of Birth or Hometown

Bombay (Mumbai), India

Date of Immigration

1966

Reason for Immigration

Marriage

Port of Entry

New York, NY

Occupation

Early childhood Montessori teacher

Occupation of Parent(s)

Cotton mill business (father); Homemaker (mother)

Number of Siblings

7

Family's Religion

Hinduism

Schooling

Convent College at St. Xavier's University; Governors State University
Residence In United States Other Than Chicago New York, NY Buffalo, NY

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