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My grandparents had 7 children; 3 of them died.

Parenthood in colonial India

My mother was born when India was still a British colony. My grandparents worked for Mahatma Gandhi. My mother grew up on his ashram.

According to my mother, until she was 5 years old, she never walked. Her father carried her everywhere. While this is an exaggeration, she was deeply beloved by her parents.



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Shefali O'Hara

Cancer survivor, writer, engineer. BSEE from MIT, MSEE, and MA in history. Love nature, animals, books, art, and interesting discussions.