Aaji (Grandma) is in her 90s, proficient in English but more comfortable in Marathi, and hard-of-hearing. Mithu is in her 30s, okay at Marathi (but speaks in a stilted, error-filled, and somewhat childlike way common to many second-generation immigrants), and heartbroken. The piece explores how bearing witness to each other in a family context can be hard and fraught, even when it might be worth it.
ROW-cub won the Fiction Award at the 2019 HearSay International Audio Arts Festival.
Neena Pathak is an audio producer based in NYC. She currently produces the Still Processing podcast at The New York Times.