Illiterate, But Not So Illiterate

source: national herald

Yesterday my wife said,
“I want to give Rs three thousand extra to Malti every month in addition to her monthly wages.”
“Why don’t you outrightly raise her wages?”
“I can’t do it, others will object to distorting the rate.”
“Okay, but do you need my approval for this?”
“No, I wanted to share her story, and why I want to help her.”

Her story in brief is as under:

Malti is a domestic help, an illiterate, who goes from house to house doing sweeping, mopping, washing utensils etc. She earns about twenty thousand rupees per month. Her husband works as a construction labourer. This is how both make a living.

In the hope of getting a son, four daughters were born to them one by one. But both the husband and wife keep all the daughters very well.

The elder daughter was not so good in studies, so she was given training to sew clothes. She now also contributes a little to the family income.

The second girl is promising and brilliant. When she passed her high school examination with very good marks, she needed to be admitted to a college, and that too a better college, as she aspired to become a doctor.

She started her studies well. All were happy in the family, but the income was falling short to meet the fees and other expenses of her studies. Moreover, after two years, if she gets selected, they will also have to bear the cost of the medical course.

There seemed to be no way out. Finally, Malti came forward,
“The girl will continue her studies, even if I have to work in two or three more houses. When she goes to college, we’ll see then.”

My wife, who scolded her for being late yesterday, became very appreciative of her, when she told her that she had started working in one more house for additional income. So she wanted to help Malti a little.

Malti’s strong will and determination is reflected in the following lines of hers: “God may not have been fair to me by not giving me a son, but that doesn’t deter me from finding a better son-in-law.”

I don’t want to get into son-daughter issue, but what I feel is that if parents, especially mothers, are so concerned, and so resolute, then no child will feel deprived, irrespective of social or financial background he or she belongs to.

–Kaushal Kishore



  1. Wow, that’s really good thinking. Those parents who really care for their children. They will never think about themselves in order to complete their children’s dreams. They do every possible thing to do that. May God stay by their sides. 😊😇

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    1. You’re right, most of parents I have come across sac sacrifice their own needs for the happiness and betterment of their kids. Thank you for your kind comment that I appreciate 😊💐

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  2. Thank you, Kaushal, for this story about the wonderful woman I admire.
    It reminds me of the times when I was setting up my trust for abandoned children in social care.
    I came across a young girl in a local shop who while very helpful, looked clearly unhappy. When I asked her what was the matter and if I could help, she explained that she failed all her exams, and now had to work like her mother in a shop and that she hated it terribly. I told her to bring the papers from her exams with her and come to tea at my house so I could advise her on how to progress.
    After that tea, I thought her myself because the teachers were useless
    and didn’t explain what was wrong. Cutting to your point, I got her to the university level but her mother complained, “Why cannot she be happy to work in a shop like I do for over 30 years?”
    My point, Kaushal, is that good parents. should always strive for their children to do better than they did.
    My admiration is for your wife for recognizing the need to help a truly deserving person.


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    1. You’re great, Joanna, whatever you did to that young girl is an example of your graciousness and act of wisdom. That’s why I admire you. As for her mother, I find most of poor parents feel that children are extra hands to earn additional income for the family. That way this lady of my post is quite different. She applies her mind to decide which girl should study further and which one should not. I understand that her third daughter has got admission in a convent school. Hence the title of this post. Thank you, Joanna, for your appreciation. I’ll convey to her.


      1. Thank you, Kaushal, and just to add getting this girl to university took 3 years of teaching for one hour every day. The mother wasn’t very bright, she said “ never mind education, I just want her to be happy.” She was desperately unhappy, and I fed her vegetable meals as her mother didn’t understand her wish to be a vegetarian, also how to dress, speak and behave at university.


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      2. She must be in a very happy position now, with your support. You’re a gem of a person, Joanna! Kudos to you and that girl.


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