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By Baby Halder

Whilst she used to be very younger, child Halder used to be deserted by means of her mom and left with a merciless, abusive father. She was once married off at twelve to a guy two times her age who beat her. At fourteen, she used to be a mom herself. Her adolescence was once marked through overwhelming demanding situations and heartbreak until eventually, exhausted and determined, she fled together with her 3 kids to Delhi, to paintings as a maid in the various city's wealthiest houses. anticipated to serve her employers' each call for, she confronted a magnificent workload that regularly left her no time to take care of her personal young ones. yet she by no means complained, for such is the lot of the bad in modern day India. Written with out a hint of self-pity, A existence much less traditional is a surprising glance deep inside of a global of poverty and subjugation that few outsiders be aware of about—and an inspiring precise tale of 1 awesome woman's energy, braveness, and backbone to start above her conditions.

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Ma put seven types of vegetables and kheer into a thali and then sent me off to wear the sari. I came back dressed in the sari and bent to touch Baba’s feet, but as I did so, he recoiled. Shocked, I stood up. Baba said, looking at Ma, “If a girl is pregnant, it is not good to receive her greetings. ” As I sat down to eat, Ma came and uncovered the kheer to see if it had curdled or not. If it curdles it is believed that the child will be a girl and if it does not, it is assumed the child will be a boy.

But no one paid any heed to what she said. Her brother-in-law laughed and joked and teased me all the time. He used to spend a lot of time with me. In fact, he would keep talking to me and following me even when I was going off to sleep with his mother. Sometimes I would get quite fed up with him and he would reduce me to tears. But whenever that happened my Didi was always kind to me, and she would call me to her. Didi was round and plump—a bit like my father—and there were times when my cousins would tease her, call her “elephant” and try to make her 22 Baby Halder angry.

Her husband and everyone at their home were extremely hospitable and they made them welcome. Of course many people whispered things about our new Ma, but the others decided there was no point in paying attention to such things and they just ignored them. A F T E R A W H I L E AT D I D I ’ S P L A C E , B A B A T O O K M E B A C K T O Aunt’s house. Everyone was sorry to see me go—I’d been feeling sad ever since I had heard that he was coming to take us away, but there were tears even in Baba’s eyes as we left.

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