By Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe
Autobiography of twentieth century Marathi writer.
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The middle-aged man cnme visiting every week. l'ili refused to talk to Mukesh, bur he still came and stood at the paan shop. Finally, NiH sent him a note to say that he sho uld no longer waste his time there, but go home and marry a good girl that his family would find for him. 'We are dancing gi rls,' she wrote, ' we belong to nerybody. \YJe have no right to fall in love with any onc man. ' Mukesh wrote back, 'I love yo u, not your body. ' But Nih and Mukesh could never meet again. miserable lives of tamasha dancers.
It would have been better if you were ba rren. ' Jiji held me close to her heart. All my maushis were in tcars and Popat mama was 50 angry that he brought a stick to beat up Nana. H e had to be stopped from doing so by my maushis. m. By s ix Bai was bathed, dressed a nd packed-a ll ready to go .
Ii AGAINST All ODDS This inju ry did not reduce my daily burden of chores. I still rose carly :lild went to the farm to fetch milk in a large aluminium vessel. As soon as I brought in (he milk, Kondiba ajoba would pour our a ~Iassful for Ankush mama; but r was not allowed any wuh my bhakri. ' I would sit in a corner a nd weep. School had now closed for study leave and our annual exams were only two days away. ~g with friends. Popat mama asked me to comc to the fields to help him, but I refused because 1 wanrcd to stud,Y.