Ode to Josephine: Memories of a parallel mother

Childhood (© Flickr/uituit)

Producer Dheera Sujan remembers Josephine Fernandez, the horsy-faced, bow-legged 20-something Goan ayah (nanny) who looked after her and her sister when they were very small children growing up in India.

The programme is an essay in memory. The smells, sounds and tastes of childhood are all evoked in these memories of Josephine: her card games, the way she combed her knee length hair, her unforgettable fiery fish curries. It is an essay of love and thanks…musing over being a child, about being a mother, but most of all, about childhood, which lasts a lifetime.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: January 25, 2005