Three Pounds In My Pocket

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RA­DIO 4 Kavita Puri charts the lives of those who em­i­grated to the UK from the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent in the 1950s and 1960s.

The re­turn­ing se­ries be­gins in 1968, a time when many of the first pi­o­neers, of­ten sin­gle men who ar­rived with lit­er­ally just £ 3 to their names be­cause of cur­rency con­trols, had be­come more es­tab­lished and been joined by other fam­ily mem­bers.

The se­cond of three doc­u­men­taries charts the years 1976-81 as trou­ble lay ahead. Th­ese were years when the Na­tional Front was at its most ac­tive and there were bloody con­fronta­tions on Bri­tain’s streets. The fi­nal pro­gramme lis­tens in as pi­o­neers dis­cuss their ex­pe­ri­ences with their chil­dren. Among other sub­jects, they talk about whether mi­gra­tion, which fea­tures in nearly all our fam­ily his­to­ries, should be equated with a sense of loss.

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