Against all odds by Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe

By Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe

Autobiography of twentieth century Marathi writer.

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I S::l t in a corner and studied. 'K ishya, your clothes look vcry dirty,' she said. ' She took 'off my shirt and was horrified to see the blue· black welts all over my back. But all it resulted in waS:l big fight between aji ::lnd Popat mama. That day, I srayed at home and helped aji with the housework. :owdung and water tha r I had prepared for her. She was doi ng one side of the yard while 1 did the other. Some women and children passing by saw us and bughed, 'Look at Kishorcdcv,' they called out.

In their greed for money, they had truly obliterated the differem:c between right and wrong. Harinana cou ld nor visit his home for many years, and his newly-wedded wife suffered his absence in sil ence. Saniay escaped fro m the Kolhati community fo r ever. H e never returned to Neria , and I never met him again. Kusllm, his mother, later moved from Mumbai to Latur. She had twO daughters from her husband Kumble. re shunned completely. The Mahan; refused to accept [he girls because they were born of a tamasha dancer.

She was like J cow that returns home at sundown to its calf and lo\'ingly lieks it and feeds it. She began to breast· feed Deepak again, while I sa t and watched without taking my eyes o ff her even for a minure. J was seeing m y mother after suc h a long time, I felt that if I took my eyes off her f:lce , she would disappear. lc all lived in this jO)'OUS a tmosphere fo r two days. After that Bai and Nana had a private talk . fiji, you rake Kisho re back to NerJa. ' Jiji was shocked. ' she asked.

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