Viramma, life of an untouchable

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"I walked forward with my head lowered, my heart heavy and my tears readyu to fall. But I was all alone in feeling like this: around me it was a holiday, the streets were swept and strewn with coconut leaves, the sky was blue and cloudless ... As if I was in a trance, I felt hands putting the tali around my neck and tying three knots in the string. Without thinking I prostrated myself before the burning camphor. We were married." Viramma recalls her marriage at the age of 11 . Virrama tells her fascinating life story with the unsentimentality, humour and dramatic sense of a born storyteller: her care free childhood; her marriage before puberty; giving birth to twelve children 'very gently, like stroking a rose'; adult life as an agricultural worker 'condemned to bake in the sun'; tales of gods and malign forces, like Irsi Katteri 'the foetus-eater', who cast their shadows over her daily life. Told over ten years to Josiane and Jean-Luc Racine, this is an intensely personal and moving self-portrait, informed by a sense of profound social change in contemporary India. To emancipationists Viramma is a Dalit, one of the oppressed; to Gandhians she is Harijan, a daughter of God; in her village she is still treated as an Untouchable, a Pariah. In this remarkable book she reveals the world of an extraordinary woman living at the very margins of Indian society.
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