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ILANDA’S STORY.... Struggle Of An Untouchable MOTHER

ILANDA’S STORY.... Struggle Of An Untouchable MOTHER
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ILANDA’S STORY.... Struggle Of An Untouchable MOTHER

by Uttam Kamble Translated by Dr V. V. Badve

Ilanda spent a lifetime striving to create an identity for her son; every single day was one more milestone in her quest to see that he grew up as an individual with all due pride. In this painful journey, however, she willingly and smilingly let go of something. Her own identity. This story unfolds through the eyes of her son - a man motivated by the tireless toil of his mother. Working his way up doing odd jobs - from being a newspaperboy to being a porter - he rose to be the Chief Editor of Sakaal Newspapers, a leading media group in India.

This stirring story is a salute to the eternal figure of the mother. Narrated by a grateful son, these tender tales tell of one woman's tremendous courage and resilience. Highly successful in several languages, this book is a tribute to the mother as an epitome of affection and selfless love.


This is not merely a story about a mother; this book is the touching true account of Ilanda–a woman – an untouchable who was relegated to the fringes of humane existence, and who lived a life of struggle, all for her children. Not only did societal norms deny her every ounce of respect, but it also kept her from assuming an identity of her own. For her, the past was dark, the present was cruel and the future was uncertain. Surrounded by the claws of poverty and humiliation, this woman gave her all for the ones whom she cared for the most – her children. This came in many ways – she was the one who would drink water to fill her stomach so that the kids could eat. She was the one who went without new clothes for years so that she could put aside the money for the kid’s education. Her ailing body cried out for medicine; her bone-dry hair yearned for some oil, but she denied herself even the smallest luxury for she felt her family was important.

This book tells the reader about this incredibly strong woman’s single handed and successful efforts to give her son and his siblings everything that she herself never got– a decent education and a life with dreams. As she motivates him and sows a handful of dreams in his path, she remains devoid of a personality herself, choosing to stay in the background while her son progresses.

And he did... from doing a dozen menial jobs to becoming the Chief Editor of Sakal Group of Publications, a highly prestigious media group from India, this child made good his promise to his mother.

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