Uma Parameswaran

As Interviewed by Keshav Srinivasan, March 15, 2017
"I got a Fulbright Scholarship. The United States was indeed a distant land in those days. ... It was uncommon in those days for young women to travel abroad on their own. But my parents, especially my mother, encouraged us to take up the scholarship even if it meant traveling all by oneself to a distant land. So I came to Indiana University to study American Literature. "
Uma Parameswaran

Introductory Profile: About Uma Parameswaran

I interviewed Dr. Uma Parameswaran, a retired professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. She is also my grandmother. She is a very smart and funny person, and I visit her and my grandfather twice a year. In this interview we talked about she broke traditional culture to come to the US to study, her difficulties moving to this country and settling into the new land.

She talked about her journey on the ship going through the Suez Canal and the day she left India. She told some very interesting stories about the different dialects and accents of the English language.

The interview was a casual yet informative conversation between a grandson and his grandmother. Enjoy!