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Publish date:05-21-2015 13:46:00
Travelin Granny-Globe Trotting Memoirs
 

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Mrs Saroj Gopal Kulkarni, Travelin Granny Born in Sandkeshwar, Maharashtra State, India on January 25, 1931, Saroj lost her mother at a very early age and became the surrogate mother for her family. She had no time to play as a youngster but has had a great time in her travels since then. .......................................................... She married Gopal S. Kulkarni in 1951 in an arranged marriage in India. Her first stay in the United States was from 1964 to 1967 while her husband completed his PhD in Geography at Pitt. .......................................................... She landed back in the US in January of 1969 while TechnoGranny was getting ready to be a young bride in a small town in Pennsylvania. But Techno Granny will tell you they have much in common because of their Wonderlust. .......................................................... Saroj landed back in the US in January of 1969 and has not left aside from periodic trips to her home in India and wonderful travel experiences. She resided in Indiana, Pa from 1969 to 1993 when the husband retired from IUP department of Geography and they moved to Pittsburgh to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Dr. Kulkarni passed away in April of 2000. Mrs. Kulkarnis has enjoyed a flavorful life travelling with her husband and since then. She wishes to continue her travel experiences and is convincing Techno Granny to travel with her. This Podcast was created using www.talkshoe.com

 

Travelin Granny-Globe Trotting Memoirs, Made in India and the USA
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Today Author of Saris and Soap Operas, Saroj Gopal Kulkarni and daughter Sunita Pandit talk about their nuclear family and the trans continental growing up of Sunita, Nitin, Rajiv and even grandson Siddharth and the talented and successful adults they have become. Listen in to find out why they are all "Made in India and the USA."

 

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Publish Date: 02-11-2015 14:38:25
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Sounds like something out of the 16th Century but this is a 1980 marriage of two Indian Americans. 34 years later it could be said that some times the in laws no more in advance if a marriage can work than the couple themselves.| Sunita Pandit, Saroj Gopal Kulkarn's daughter and Dr. Santosh Pandit are a happy outcome of an arranged marriage in a time when most Westerners find it archaic.| This episode is a prelude of more to come in the late February, 2015 of Saroj Gopal Kulkarni's memoirs of her early life in India and Odyssey to the United States as a young bride. Watch for release of Saris and Soap Operas.

 

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When Saroj Gopal Kulkarni first came to the United States she could read English but not speak or understand it. Today she talks about learning to speak English from TV shows especially soap operas like General Hospital and Dallas.

 

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Publish Date: 07-26-2013 18:42:35
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Most Indian girls learn to cook from their mothers but Saroj mother died when she was very young. So just the process of learning to cook was very innovative on Saroj part. Hear her lively tales of surmounting the obstacles of not having a mother and having a nanny who was not Brahman when their usual cook was away.

 

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Publish Date: 07-05-2013 20:05:40
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Today as we approach the final edit of Saroj's first book, Saris and Soap Operas, we discuss why an 82 year old grandmother would want to write a book......Interesting stuff to find out how many of Saroj relatives and friends have weighed in on this.

 

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Publish Date: 11-09-2012 20:51:07
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St Stephen's Day is as close to 4th of July in the US there in Hungary as any holiday can be. From the blessing of new bread to the parade of St. Stephen's hand and the fireworks and dancing on the Danube. Saroj and Gopal and the other geography professors and their wives had ten days of romance visiting castles, eating bread and staying away from what Saroj called inedible coffee. But ah, the bread, and the music and the dancing.

 

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Publish Date: 10-11-2012 20:35:58
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Saroj talks about taking care of a severely disable grandson with cerebral palsey and severe mental retardation and how she came to understand his needs, his likes, his dislikes and developed her own system of communication with him.

 

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Publish Date: 01-19-2012 21:32:53
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Hear Grandma Saroj tell about her childhood in India from 1931 to 1941. .......................................................... Childhood games, school stories, and her favorite worker helpers at the family home in Nej where the Kulkarni family spent summers.

 

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Publish Date: 12-15-2010 18:51:46
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Ten days in Germany will lend itself to a traveller discovering things that others might miss an perhaps are not on the travel brochure such as a Cadillac stuck in the Berlin Wall.

 

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Publish Date: 11-16-2010 17:57:19
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Sao Palo, Rio de Janiero, Manaus and Brazilia. From the Amazon River to a Snake Farm and cooking with another Indian woman, Saroj figured out a way in ther three week stay to make wild wonderful Brazil her own.

 

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10 days in Egypt this time with a tour with son Rajiv and the excitement is amazing from pyramids and sphynx and the famed carepet factories to Cairo and the three temples. And as Saroj says, sand everywhere including in her shoes.

 

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Publish Date: 10-31-2010 18:12:14
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The land according to Saroj of crystal, smorgasbord, moose, crystal and fjords. Saroj has her unique description of this European monarchy.

 

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Publish Date: 10-12-2010 17:06:31
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From Sheep Shearing to Rain Forest, Saroj found the shearing of the sheep the most interesting. Also visited the busiest dairy farm, When she and her husband lost their luggage at the airport they were befriended by an English speaking New Zealand Family with 9 children.

 

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Publish Date: 09-02-2010 18:33:53
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Hear about sites in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Also Saroj recounts visits to kangaroo fields and Sydney Opera House and glass bottomed boats to visit the coral reefs surrounding Australia.

 

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Publish Date: 08-27-2010 16:36:07
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Saroj Gopal Kulkarni talks about her ten daly trip to Australia, to Sydney and Melbourne and Canberra................................................Being a geography professor's wife, serendipity and Saroj's gregarious personality combined for some interesting travel experiences including special permission from a mayor to take pictures where they were not permitted.

 

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Publish Date: 06-02-2010 14:51:21
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Today Saroj and TechnoGranny will talk about the organization and closeness of Indian familes and the customs surrounding them......Saroj weaves a wonderful story of her arranged marriage to Gopal Kulknarni who she was married to for 49 years until his death. Hear; the story of her first trip to her husband's family home which had a doorway where she had to stoop to avoid hitting her head. She succeeded on the way in but not on the way out.

 

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Publish Date: 06-02-2010 13:03:16
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Saroj talks about her early years and her mother's untimely death at 39 and being raised by a widowed father who never remarried. She tells how her father managed to raise eight children even though he was locked in the depths of sorrow over the death of Saroj older sister and also her mother Tara.