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A Lone Pathfinder

A Lone Pathfinder

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Published by Nilamadhab Kar
A Lone Pathfinder.

Author: Nilamadhab Kar.

Publisher: Quality of Life Research and Development Foundation,
130, Ratnakar Bag, Bhubaneswar, 751018, Odisha, India.
© N Kar First Impression: 2010, All rights reserved.
A Lone Pathfinder.

Author: Nilamadhab Kar.

Publisher: Quality of Life Research and Development Foundation,
130, Ratnakar Bag, Bhubaneswar, 751018, Odisha, India.
© N Kar First Impression: 2010, All rights reserved.

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Published by: Nilamadhab Kar on Oct 20, 2011
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Besides managing cultivation, Bhabagrahi was
taking care of the cows and bullocks in the house. The
family had more than half a dozen of them. They were
like family members with specific name (e.g. Nali, Kan-
chiri, budhi-gai, Mani, Gurubari, station-wali). He took
them to a nearby field (Ma-naa pa-di-aa) around half
a kilometre away in the morning for them to graze. The
cows were tied with a long rope, which was bound to
a bamboo peg (khunta) that was stuck to the ground.
This was necessary, as otherwise the cows would eat
up the crops in the nearby fields. Often while going on
the hida the mouths of the cows were covered by a
specially designed net for the same reason above. He
had to go again in the midday to change their place,
as they might have grazed that bit of land; and he would

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return before evening to bring them back home. He
typically put a gamuchha (napkin) on head to cover it
from the Sun. He loved the animals. Along with others in
family, like Dikhita-Jhia he would give them feed. He
took care when they were ill. Even in odd hours of night,
he would frequently check and comfort them; during
their illness or if the cows were expecting calves.

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