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‘North­ern In­dia, 1922: Putli’s mother, her hands on her hips, straight­ened painfully, glad after two hours to break the rhyth­mic co­or­di­na­tion of arm and shoul­der, glad to stand back and count the mount­ing bun­dles of tall cut grass that had fallen to the steady swish of her sickle. The weight of the com­ing baby was be­gin­ning to un­bal­ance her and slow her down ... She called out a prac­tised mu­si­cal cry an­swered by her daugh­ter work­ing a few yards be­hind her on the steep slope that led up to the for­est beyond the vil­lage.’

BAR­BARA CLEV­ERLY THE PALACE TIGER

(2004)

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