The Hindu - - CHENNAI -

...Be­fore this too, your chil­dren, per­haps, were born in many places, to many oth­ers; you may be proud you bear no traces of their birth

But what must I do? These birth­marks can­not be re­paired, any more than my own de­cline – this body isn’t paper to cut and paste to­gether – or re­store.

Ex­tracted from The Hour Past Mid­night, by Salma, trans­lated by Lak­shmi Holm­strom

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