I am the midwife here. I was born in the village of Velpakkam in Tamil Nadu, and when I married, I came to Karani, my husband’s village. I was still a child then. I am a farm worker and, like all my family, I am a serf, bonded to Karani’s richest landowner. We are Pariahs. We live apart from the…

Caste Wars
My Hundredth Year