Against all odds by Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe

By Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe

Autobiography of twentieth century Marathi writer.

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Vhcn she did not turn up for ncarly a week, speculations and rumours started flying around. She and Ramcsh kaka we re away at a nea rby vilbge and they would h:tve surely hea rd abou t the robbery. News like that sp read rapidly through the district. Has she been kidnapped? Has she been murdered? Everyone wondered until Sushecla maushi sudde nl y turned up one evening. She came alone because Ramesh kaka had to settle some pending work and was to arrive the next day. Now the whole famil y was together for the first time in many, many years.

Your mOl her did the right thing. ' he said to me. ' There were no roilets in the houses in )J"erla . We used the fields. ) He was afraid tha t othe rs would fi ll Shivajirao's ears wit h lies abo ut Bil by maushi. So, 1 always :'lCcompanied Shivaji kab to the fields. This ensured that he did not chat with anybody. Soon Baby maushi was pregnant and had a daughte r. Shivaji kab did not come to Nc rla fo r two months after t he child was born , and then he stopped visiting comp letely. Baby maush i now became the burr of everyone's 1l1:l lice.

Ba i's misery had upset him, ;lnd her joy now del ighted him. Sai was being treated by the doctor for her feve r, but no medicine had brought it down. The very next morning after we rcacht:d there, she woke up with her ber completely gone. She bathed us anu dressed us lip Jnd cooked all kinds of things for us to ear. 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.

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