Listening Project

Conversation between husband and wife, Jaswant and Jasmit, about their 34-year arranged marriage.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    Jaswant and Jasmit's home

  • Interviewees

    Kaur Phull, Jasmit, 1951- (female, biomedical scientist), Singh Phull, Jaswant, 1948- (male, doctor)

  • Producers

    BBC Lincolnshire

  • Recordist

    Reeves, David

  • Abstract

    Married for 34 years and living in the UK for 32, Jaswant and Jasmit talk about the strength their arranged marriage gives them to be with someone that their parents had found for them. They also discuss moving to the UK, difficulties they faced after life in India and why an arranged marriage worked for them. The focus of the piece is their love for one another, the roles they play in their marriage, family values, how Jaswant is the worker and Jasmit is the glue of the family. Jaswant admits that without her he couldn’t even get dressed in the morning, she claims that he doesn’t even know what size underpants he wears. They talk a lot about their children and how the traditions of an arranged marriage have not continued within their own family. Together they remember the first time they met through their parents and how nervous they were and their first-hand experience of sexual values in the UK back in the 1970’s.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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