Masala Chat Project - Mr. Navinchanvra Sanghavi

Mr. Navinchanvra Sanghavi (Masala Chat Project)

Full Oral History Interview

Birthplace

Description

Navinchanvra Sanghavi is a mechanical engineer who was among the first Indian Americans in Chicago, having arrived in the early 1960s. The interview includes discussion of his devotion to the Pushtimargiya religious practice and his participation in the founding of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. He also plays an instrumental role in the Chinmaya Mission as its treasurer. He discusses an engineer career that evolved with technology over the years. He spent most of his career at the Hawthorne Works plant of AT&T. In retirement, he has focused on giving to non-governmental organizations that help children in India, including Save the Children. Other topics discussed include: differences in higher education in India versus the US, the Americanization of his children, menial labor in the US versus India, and the reward of hard work.

Identifier

oh688

License

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

Date Recorded

April 21, 2016

Interviewer

Joel Gonzalez

Extent

1:15:40

Date of Immigration

1962

Reason for Immigration

Education

Port of Entry

New York, NY

Occupation

Mechanical engineer

Occupation of Parent(s)

Freight broker (father); Homemaker (mother)

Number of Siblings

4

Family's Religion

Pushtimargiya

Schooling

University of Kansas, Lawrence

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