She was born in the Himachal hills, the nearest school was about 5 Kilometres from her house, where in addition to homework and play she also had to look after two younger sisters when their mother worked in the orchards.
So mummy's childhood was an all too common childhood for rural girls in India six decades ago.
I had a very different childhood, in a city, going to a good school , with plenty of assistance at home and practically no choices barred because so many decades ago my mother had chosen to fight for her education with her parents, her right to work with her in-laws and the world in general for the rights of girls.
She wanted to become a teacher and became one and my achievements make her as proud as the achievements of so many of her students who give her so much credit for being a special teacher.
The voice in me that speaks for girls and against every discrimination against them is her voice. I tell her that she was my first ever feminism expert and she tells me she doesn't know what Feminism is but yes no human being must be put down because of her gender.
Today as she shares her childhood anecdotes with my daughter I know there is no one else who can teach her feminism better.
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