Poetic portrayals

  From Farrukh Dhondy’s Grannies, Groins and Growing Up A Further Education I Mamawaji said, "Now you’ve done with school Stay home and learn to cook and clean and sew.” Those were the last things mum wanted to know As they would lead to marriage to some fool By arrangement and meetings of the clans To compare their prospects and horoscopes And mum wanted a different life — her hopes Were all to do with academic plans. But granddad was adamant. "Girls don’t go To college — they become child-bearing wives.” Then ma would argue using famous lives Of well-known Parsi women. Even so, My grandpa’s word was, in that household, law Which they,......

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