The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I chose to interview my RA and mentor, Pralav Pradhan. Pralav has seen me in some of my darkest moments while I’ve been at school, and he is always interested in how others are feeling so he can offer solutions or advice to help make things flow smoothly. After realizing that Pralav is always giving others opportunities to share their stories from the past, I thought it would be nice to learn about his. The fact that he comes from Nepal, which is a completely different culture than that of Americas, made him an even better candidate for me to choose in my opinion. I chose this memory specifically because he was able to experience an America that I sadly don’t have any memory of since I was one year old when this event had occurred. I always wondered what America was like before 9/11, and according to Pralav things were much more calm, especially at airports.

Despite cracked sidewalks and graffiti scattered about, Pralav was astonished by the beauty of New York City’s skyline. It was unlike anything he had ever seen in his hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal. Being five years old, even a ten-story building was enough to raise his eyebrows. Though, nothing compared to his encounter with the World Trade Center on September 9, 2001. Its’ size was so massive, that even his parents had to look completely vertical to see the top. Little did he know, this magnificent, 110-story block of innovation would soon be a cloud of ash over the skyline that he would never forget having the opportunity to witness.

               After landing at their next destination of London, England, just two days later, Pralav’s parents received a phone call from his Uncle, who had stayed in Nepal while his family was vacationing. All he could hear was a murmur from the less than favorable speaker of the Nokia his mother was holding, and then suddenly, her face went completely blank as she approached the TV of the hotel room they were staying in. Within 30 seconds of the static on the screen clearing, the heart-wrenching phrase that shocked the world was heard by Pralav and his parents.

“The World Trade Center appears to be under attack…” the news reporter explained.

               Tears began to roll down Pralav’s mothers face, and his father was pacing. Pralav became astray and began asking questions, but his mother and father couldn’t bare to see their child witness such a tragic event so early in his lifetime. His parents took him to his bed for a nap, but it being so early in the morning, Pralav was incapable of falling asleep. As he lied down in his bed, he couldn’t help but overhear the gruesome details of the towers from the news channel on the TV.

“The South Tower has collapsed…” “The city is covered in ash, this is a sad day for America,” said the reporter in a hopeless voice.

               Pralav’s just stared at the ceiling, unable to wrap his mind around this event. Years later, when he was old enough to comprehend the magnitude of the situation, he had finally witnessed pictures and discovered details of that day, and he immediately thought back to that day, lying in that hotel bed in London. Though, despite the fear he had experienced that day, he’ll never forget his opportunity to see the beautiful towers in all their pride and glory.

               

One Of The Last Visits

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September 9th-11th, 2001
New York City, NY / London, England

I chose to interview my RA and mentor, Pralav Pradhan. Pralav has seen me in some of my darkest moments while I’ve been at school, and he is always interested in how others are feeling so he can offer solutions or advice to help make things flow smoothly. After realizing that Pralav is always giving others opportunities to share their stories from the past, I thought it would be nice to learn about his. The fact that he comes from Nepal, which is a completely different culture than that of Americas, made him an even better candidate for me to choose in my opinion. I chose this memory specifically because he was able to experience an America that I sadly don’t have any memory of since I was one year old when this event had occurred. I always wondered what America was like before 9/11, and according to Pralav things were much more calm, especially at airports.

Decade: 2000s
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Recorded by Ryan Jones on June 4, 2019
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