I asked her why she needed a cow at all and said that we would manage the basic expense for her and her grandchildren. She explained to me that only if she had a cow, then in times of need she could ask money lenders for a loan ... as they would consider her loanworthy as she would be able to sell milk. I had no answer to give.
With her body pains she is unable to do any work and Kavya, her grandchild, is getting fodder for the cow, cooking, cleaning, preparing the decoctions for the grandmother - and then leaving for school ... and coming back and taking the cow grazing. \\
They all have cheek enough and to spare. Once something was cooking on eashwaramma's stove, and as i passed by she called out the customary, 'Come, sit and eat'. I checked out her vessel, and told her accusingly, 'you knew it was fish and that i would not eat'. She grinned, 'Eat and see. Lets see what will happen to you !'.