The sound of payals


Sr no 177
The sound of payals.
Pratiksha Bhosle resides at a village near Phalton, Maharashtra. She is the eldest and has three younger sisters.
Her father is a daily wages agriculture worker, and is not able to educate all his daughters equally, due to non-availability of regular and secure income.
They own a small parcel of land, but it’s not enough and they need to work on the land of others for wages to make ends meet and educate four children – all daughters.
Patiksha’s youngest sister is being educated by a relative (I think, by her father’s sister) Her husband was working with the Indian Army and passed away a few years ago; it was his dream to build a simple home for the aged in his village and look after old people abandoned by their children. He wanted to achieve this dream by using his savings and not his army pension.
She feels since her husband could not fulfill his dream of looking after the aged, she will educate Pratiksha’s youngest sister at her own cost. Help at least someone in his memory.
We were keen to pay the three sisters’ school fees for the next academic year, however, strangely, the school was not willing to issue a receipt for the payment; so we decided to get the sisters a laptop instead. Because they attend a school that has computer classes, but they do not have a computer at home.
We thought, if we give them a laptop we increase their chances of learning computers faster and much better than working on one only an hour a day at school. And once they graduate from school they could be more proficient at it than their peers, probably increasing their chances and opportunities at a better job than their peers, we hope at least.
Moreover, giving them a laptop which will be shared by three young girls was for us a DAM GOOD INVESTMENT in the FUTURE OF THREE GIRLS. The laptop is internet ready and they can use it at any place in Phalton that offers free wifi. 🙂
I asked Pratiksha if a laptop would be of good help to them?, she said it would.
This photo of them is actually their first ever selfie with their own laptop, it’s the first pic they took with their first laptop’s inbuilt camera. 🙂
Thank you Priyanka, Ankita, Dr. Niraj.
The accompanying image of the feet of rural school children I clicked when I attended a medical camp in Maharashtra (by Mukul Madhav Foundation, Pune) last year across five towns and villages between Pune & Ratnagiri, and I noticed many rural school kids, girls, wear payals. It is something we city dwellers rarely see.
When they walk, you can hear them approach and leave, the sound gradually getting louder and then dimmer and then it disappears – Just like good times and bad, they too come and go.

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