By Baby Halder

Whilst she used to be very younger, child Halder used to be deserted through her mom and left with a merciless, abusive father. She used to be 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 till, exhausted and determined, she fled together with her 3 childrens to Delhi, to paintings as a maid in many of the city's wealthiest houses. anticipated to serve her employers' each call for, she confronted a marvelous workload that frequently left her no time to deal with her personal young ones. yet she by no means complained, for such is the lot of the terrible in modern day India. Written with no hint of self-pity, A existence much less usual is a stunning glance deep inside of an international of poverty and subjugation that few outsiders recognize about—and an inspiring actual tale of 1 amazing woman's energy, braveness, and resolution to leap above her situations.

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People crowded around, offering me sweets, urging me to eat, but I was so terrified, I could not even open my mouth! Even when my uncle and aunt pressed me to eat, I refused. All I could do was to stare at all the people collected there. Later, in the afternoon, one of the women came and dressed me up, sprinkling fistfuls of vermilion powder on my head. I just sat quietly in a corner. People had gathered there to get a glimpse of the new bride, and I had covered my hair according to my aunt’s instructions.

26 Baby Halder When we said good-bye to Uncle, he seemed well and healthy, but just a few days later we heard that he had been taken ill. Baba and Ma went to see him, and when they returned they brought him back with them. One night Baba and Ma were talking and we heard them say that when they had gone to see Uncle, they had found him asleep. To Baba, he looked just like our grandfather at that moment and Baba began to cry when he saw him. Uncle woke up and said, “Don’t cry, it’s good you have come.

Baba would not let her and it was Baby’s job to accompany her into the fields! I’m embarrassed to even talk about it, but whatever it was, they had decided that they wanted to take Baby back and one day, they came to Aunt’s house and did just that. I M U S T H AV E B E E N B A C K F R O M AU N T ’ S P L A C E A C O U P L E of months when, one day, my stepmother’s brother came to our 32 Baby Halder house and brought another man with him. My stepmother asked me to make tea for them and then came into the kitchen and asked me to serve the tea.

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