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My cousin Sherna

Strong bonds were forged during a shared, carefree childhood
Behroze Gandhy

My first memory of my cousin Sherna Gandhy, who is exactly seven months younger than me, is overwhelming excitement and love. I remember trying to grab her and kiss her in her ayah (maid) Marceline’s arms, shouting "Kaka baby (daughter of uncle)!” She pushed me off by biting me, leaving her teeth marks ringed round my arm. It defined the basis of our future relationship — my enthusiasm and her prudence and caution which held us in good stead in all our years of growing up. Rockdale, a few houses down the road from us, was the home of my aunt......

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