Giving voice to the voiceless

October 25, 2019 10:42 am

A family living in rural Nepal set out to cut grass to feed their cattle in the morning. As they are working and singing about the hardships in their lives, the father comes up with one complaint or the other, berates the ones around him and storms off. The son, taking after his father’s loudness, leaves next. It’s the two women who remain behind – the daughter-in-law of the family and the mother. The mother silently complains, “In the end, it’s us who have to do all the work – Be it bringing water from the nearby tap, cooking meals, feeding the cattle, doing the dishes, no one ever asks if we are tired or not.”

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