By Kiśora Śāntābāī Kāḷe
Autobiography of twentieth century Marathi writer.
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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. Jij i had looked after me si nce I was three years old and she loved me like her own son. I now slept close to her at night. Susheela m:lushi's presence reminded me constantly of my mother. 1 wished I had w ings and cou ld fly to Soncperh and sec Bai.
The next day was Tuesda y, the day of [he weekly market at Ncrla. 1 went a little early to school and with permission from Guwji, went to the market to b~y my books . After schoo l 1 ra n home to show Ill)' books to kaka, but be and Sus hecla maushi had left. I felt sad and lonely . ' Ramcsh kaka was shocked. ' Aji wailed . She and maush i came to the farm at e ight o'clock that night. I had lit the lamp and had buried myself in my boo ks. Aji called out to me, but I ignored her. Then she and maushi came into the hut.
I K.... LE AGAINST .... Ll. ODDS six years old and it made me feci very importa nr. ings I gOt at home. Baby maushi was working with the C hitra-Gulzar pany at the Rasik theatre at Barshi , in western Maharashrra. This was a party of the Dombari com munity. Th ey spoke a different dialect that I could not understand, but 1 was young and soon made friends with all rhe women there. I fetched buckers of water for thei r baths and scrubbed their backs fo r them. Some of them asked me to press rheir arms and legs.