Dowry by Meera

The year was 1962, the place Jamshedpur, in Bihar, India. A lower middle class family was celebrating because they had successfully arranged the wedding of their second daughter. This was a huge deal, since the family had 4 daughters and one son. The father was the only wage earner and he had a job that paid him a nominal salary. He took tuitions to supplement his income. His widowed sister lived with them and he supported his mother, too, who lived in the village. His wife’s younger brothers also lived with them and they were still in college.

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