today,Malabai. Sing him asong, or tell himone of the old
.Do youknow the story of
, Vimal baba? Of how king Brihadratha’swives gave birth to
a child each? And thedemon Jaraglued them togetherinto one boy. Whole, but
and thwart.A boy who belonged nowhere--As you say,memsaab.
in the moment of his
,I know him at last. Know
of them, in fact.His childhood--in
,where he was born to thewidow Ashalata Devi in thethird year of her
--the clash andgrind of one world against another. Of implacable
.Sensibly, she found herself a
to cling to–-ColonelEdward Yeames
ofthe Deolali Cantonment.But how the neighbours’tongues clicked, even
the child was born.What would a Brahmin’s
know of the world? So strange.So
of themfall into a new pattern.