By Gaiutra Bahadur
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She conferred a high title on the child of her middle passage, possibly born out of wedlock. ”2 Her son born at sea, inheritor of her fair skin and good looks, outlived her by a year. He conducted the traditional Hindu rites for her, at the end of the customary year of mourning. He had promised her that he would, and he lived just long enough to keep his word. ” Had Sujaria christened this son, destined to memorialize her, “beloved little hero” at birth? Or was the brave one cued in the name his father, as in “son of a hero”?
Used by permission of The Asia Society. 25 COOLIE WOMAN ment. Nor were women sheltered from this. Indeed, as women, they had more reasons to flee, greater oppression to escape. 3 â•… The simple fact is: my great-grandmother had already quit her village before she quit India. She was 160 miles away, in the town of Faizabad, when she was registered to emigrate. Faizabad sat just across a guava orchard from the bigger, more densely populated town of Ayodhya, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe the god Ram was born there.
Yet, it included strokes of unsettling intimacy. The emigration pass told me that my great-grandmother had a scar on her left foot, a burn mark. Someone had scribbled “Pregnant 4 mos” in pencil at the document’s edge. On the line for husband’s name, there was only a dash. â•… Though my great-grandmother claimed no husband, she did list coordinates for home. The pass pointed to it precisely, almost like a map to some mythic location with hidden riches. X marks the spot: the state of Bihar, the province of Chhapra, the police district of Majhi and the village of Bhurahupur.