Mechanics by Reena Saxena

Contemporary Family History Writing


“These are not weeds, but garlands woven by time on your existence.” It is my tenth day in the seniors’ home. I’m doing a survey for my thesis on speed of social change. I gather distilled wisdom, but the context has changed. They are unable to build a relevance for themselves in new frameworks. I propose a video series, a book to make their voice heard. Some of them look enthusiastic. Some are just sceptical. I meet my favourite Uncle Henry on the way out, “You know what… there is fuel in the tank, but the engine does not start.”

2 July 2021

Source: Mechanics