The Chamar’s Wife — A Short Story

preeti
preeti
Apr 13, 2020 · 21 min read

Chamar: widespread caste in northern India whose hereditary occupation is tanning leather; the name is derived from the Sanskrit word charmakara (“skin worker”).

At first, I thought it was magic: the Earth suddenly crying. I thought I’d finally found something to make my father and I rich. A creature that cried like a human, one I could sell to the circus in the city. But it wasn’t. It was just a baby. I…