Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Douloti the Bountiful

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Douloti the Bountiful

Article excerpt

-Where have you come from, Somni?

-They brought me from Barha village.

-Did they say they would marry you?

-Why should they? I was already married.

-Already married?

-Yes yes. And I have my man at home.

-How did you come?

-Was there another way? My man took two hundred rupees from him, to get land. Hoo, in a year it became four thousand rupees. Then the god said to my man, You won't be able to repay, you are a kamiya. Send your wife. Your debt will be repaid in five years, your wife will return home with money in hand. I kept my son with my husband and came here.

-And the boy?

-He is in Barha. The god has lots of land in Barha.

-How many children do you have here?

-Three.

Somni put her hand to her cheek and said, "See what a strange thing. I was married in childhood, and I stayed with my man for so long. I had only one son. And Latia made me the mother of three sons in a row.

-Those sons?

-They lie around in the marketplace. They beg. They don't let you live with your child, and clients come up to one month before birth. Then I can't for three months.

-Then?

-The god lends money.

-Doesn't he let you keep them? …

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