Maya Malhotra

Born: 27th January 1937

Agra, India

Date of interview: 7th June 2006

Map showing where Maya Malhotra came from

Do you ... have you been back to India, and what is it like when you go?

Well the first [pause] time, the longest time, when I came to this country, the very first time I went back to India it took seven years to go back to India because it ... there were personal circumstances, we didn't have money, we had family tragedy and all that. And another thing was, most difficult was, we came separate, me and my husband came separate so I wanted to go back first time together. I don't want to go alone and then we didn't have enough finance to go back together so that took us seven years in the end. After the seven years we had enough money and I being a person of my very own, I don't want to take any help from anywhere, my family at home offered me so many times that we send you a ticket, you come home and I said 'No. I don't want to take ticket from anybody. I will come, we will come, not I will come, we will come together whenever I can afford the whole tickets.

Well India had been changing since then. People's attitude towards finance, people's aspirations and the achievements and the whole sort of social ... brought up into society, is totally different. The achievement is OK but they are leaving their culture behind too quick, and that, I think they have to pay the price for it. I ... I may be wrong but to me, they are going a little bit too fast and without thinking these consequences of this cultural change