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A SOUL SISTER?



Earning a livelihood in Bangalore

O Kasturi!



Your song



Captured me,



Your smile --



Enraptured me.





Who are they



That defined your beauty



But missed your dignity?





Be strong forever



Dear sister



For you, your mother



Your boys and others.





NOTE: Kasturi is a friendly, 33-year old street vendor (like the lady in the picture) and gender violence survivor who sells leafyvegetables on a footpath in north Bangalore. Her joyous, pragmatic and hopeful demeanour during our brief chat while I bought corriander from herlast week, inspired the above words.

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