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By Kamala Das

It's the moment global conflict And Kamala And Her Brother Are faraway from Their mom and dad domestic In Calcutta To The more secure Environs in their Village In Northern Kerala. straight away an intruder And a vital part Of Her Ancestral domestic, Kamala Struggles To Fathom The Intricacies of sophistication, Caste And Language. yet Surrounded via humans Like Her Adoring Ammamma, The Servant Sankaran Who supplies to educate Her The Crow-Language, And Valli Who Tells Her tales Of Yakshis Whose Breasts Are As enormous As Jackfruits, Kamala quickly Discovers the thrill Of transforming into Up because the Centre Of everybody S Universe. As Calcutta Fades From Her brain Like An previous Dream, whereas The Thudding Of The Drums on the Para pageant, The Roar Of The Velichappadu As He turns into Possessed And The Songs Of The Parayankaali Dancers develop into Absolute Realities Of existence.

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Children don’t like doctors very much, and I confess that I didn’t much like my Uncle Sidney, who had a way of jabbing me with an injection needle when I least expected it. To stanch my tears after these painful visits, my father used to take me to Nathan’s—located right across the street from Sidney’s office, in Coney Island—for hot dogs and a pineapple soda. On another occasion, Sidney came out to our house to stitch up my finger after I had accidentally slit it open on the hook of a kitchen cabinet.

Philip Roddman’s class confirmed my literary aspirations. Teaching the very select English HB class that I took throughout my senior year, Roddman stood out from the other teachers at Madison because he assumed (or acted like he assumed) that we students cared passionately about literature and about the great writers of the past. Never talking down to us, he often spoke of these writers in a way that was far above our heads. Suddenly, we were discussing symbolism and surrealism. Much of what he said was beyond me, but there was something intellectually exciting about it that made me want to reach past the limitations of my life to a deeper level of ideas and of civilization.

A far more momentous development in my life came at the age of thirteen, when my mother began to undergo serious changes. She put on weight rapidly, particularly on her torso and face. The mental changes were even more dramatic. For days she would sit around the house in her robe, deeply depressed. Then she would enter a manic phase, typified by great enthusiasm for odd, crackpot schemes. While riding on a crowded subway, she suddenly conceived a plan for sharing subway seats on a first-come, first-served basis, and—enthusiastic about her conceptual breakthrough—mentioned it to the stranger sitting next to her.

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