Gilli and Dando

He was exceptionally short; she was rather sweet. By the standards of stunted Navsari she was quite tall and towered over him. They nicknamed the couple Gilli-Dando (dando: a long rounded stick with which one hit the gilli, a much smaller wooden object full in the middle and tapering at both ends). Gilli was one of the biggest landlords of Navsari and the largest individual shareholder of a joint stock company called Ahmedabad Electricity. A ruthless rent collector, he showed not the slightest mercy to his tenants. Dando was a poor mobed’s daughter whose brothers would attain great fame as......

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