NIMBLE FINGERS ( Cries from the heart by Jennifer Bassett)
By damini, Updated
A story from India, retold by Jennifer Bassett
Life is never easy for the poor .They have to work long hours just to get a roof over their heads and one meal a day. If their children are lucky, they go to school. If they are not lucky, they have to work.
Krishna who tells this story , is not lucky. He has to work in a factory making beedies , a kind of Indian cigarette. He is a good worker, because his young fingers are small and quick and nimble...
NIMBLE FINGERS (Cries from the heart by Jennifer Bassett)
KRISHNA HAS TO WORK IN A FACTORY MAKING BEEDIES, A KIND OF INDIAN CIGARETTE
I am proud of how good I am at my job , but wish I could use my nimble fingers to work with my uncle who is a WEAVER
HE ASKS TO HIS MOTHER
Why can't I work with my uncle ?
HIS MOTHER REPLIES IN A SAD MOOD ...
You will have to work in the factory all your life , like your father because...
MANY YEARS BEFORE, HIS GRANDFATHER...
I wanna borrow money from you and in exchange I will sell you my son and my grandson
...AND THE GRANDFATHER SOLD HIS SON... SO HE HAD TO WORK IN THAT FACTORY FOR ALL HIS LIFE...
...AND HIS GRANDSON TOO BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE MONEY TO PAY BACK HIS FACTORY'S OWNER .
DIVERSITY RICH people can do whatever they want but ... POOR people often have to sacrifice
DAMINI KAILASH 4'CAmb
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