Writers, October: Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam’s short story, Wild Flower, from The Little Mag:

 

 Angoori was the name of the very new wife of the very old servant of the neighbours of my neighbours. One reason for her being new was that she was his second wife. In Punjabi, they call a man who marries a second time duhaju. Etymologically, a man who has entered a second life — a second life in marriage. The fact that Angoori was in her first life in the marriage made her new. It was not even a year since she had been given away as a bride, so she was still new.

(Amrita Pritam; died, October 31, 2005)

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