working in their center. He was promised 500/- a day. There were some issues there that we have not got to the bottom of, and we were told by people of that village that the milk vendor’s family there needed a kidney transplant for their child and that was a motive in luring Sasi away. Anyway they were pampering him, and he switched loyalties to them totally. The grandmother finally went to that village with some people from our village, and after making no headway there, gave a police complaint about his having been taken away there. In return the boy, under guidance from them, gave a written letter to the police saying that he was there by choice, and did not want to return to his grandmother at all and that she beats him.
I had been looking desperately for a school where he could settle down, where there was also a good work component along with studies. There was nothing working out in AP, and a good friend running an excellent rural school in TN was recommended to us by many as the ideal place for him. Language would be an issue, but there were Telugu teachers there, and as the school had many strengths whereby he could pursue his interests even apart from studies, we sent him there to try. I made the mistake maybe, of telling him that I would send him and he could see if he liked it and stay on if he did. Giving him such a liberal offer was obviously in retrospect foolish.
Eashwaramma as grandmother, never gave up. She took him to all the vaids. She send him on the Sabarimalai pilgrimage at impossible expenses. She continues showering love. But he is currently lost to us. He is simply hanging around. Neither going to school, nor to work.
I simply watch ...