Vaani Gupta- Didi
On today's episode we were fortunate enough to speak with Vaani Gupta- a teacher in Washington D.C. She is also Arjun's, and by extension my own, Didi. Arjun doesn't call her "Didi" though, because he's super disrespectful and an awful brother. And that's the topic on which we begin our discussion. We delve into our terms of respect for our elders, and how Arjun and Vaani used them growing up. We also speak about something Arjun has touched upon frequently: the year he spent in India. We learn that Vaani's year there, along with her most recent trip five years ago, affected her relationship to the Motherland quite differently than it did in Arjun.
We then delve into her profession. As a teacher, Vaani easily has one of the most important jobs in the world; however, it is not really viewed as a "typical South Asian field." We ask her what it's like to be a South Asian public school teacher. We also ask how her peers treat her, how her students see her, and of course how the South Asian community has received her.
So take a listen as we finally speak to a Gupta who has intelligent things to say. It's refreshing, to say the least.