By Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe
Autobiography of twentieth century Marathi writer.
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She would have to hand over all her money to her father and take care of her brother's demands, roo. Don't you see Balu, our little son, cries so much, but she has no time to n 73 and beat me up there. By th e time I reached the third standa rd I cou ld read and write wel l. r used to study all the time . The daily chores-fro m fetching milk in the morning to flou r in the evening and all else in between-used to tire me out. ushi and Jiji both stayed at home, so I was very happy. I didn't mind the heavy workload so much because of all the affection that lightened it.
And I need the money to educate my children. ' Many of the women opened up to me and expressed their feelings to me because 1 was just a child and a stranger there. One evening, I hung about the room watching the mcn arrive in their cars and carts. The), all came in and sat around talking to their women. A few men walked into rooms where some of the women were still putting on their make-up. Among them was a tall gentleman about sixty-years old. He wore a red turban and a white dhoti and seemed to have no teeth at all.
J loved sc hooL • 47 1 AGAI~ST Chapter Four S oon after I started goi ng to school, Kondiba ajob;a sc nt off his daughters Rambha and Baby to learn dancing. Baby was his youngest daughte r and she used to do all the odd jobs around the house. She bought the groceries and tOok the wheat to the f10urm ill for grinding. H ouses in the village had floors made of mud and cowdung. Th ey had fa be regularly covered with a thick pa ste of cowdung to mend the cracks and keep the Ooor even and dean. That was also Baby ma ushi's job.
Against all odds by Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe