Her uncle brought 10-year-old Asha to Kamathipura.
Three years pass.
Long nights, pot-bellied regulars, grimy 20-Rupee-notes.
Rice gruel for her. Milk for her wailing three-month-old, finally asleep.
Concentrating hard, she scrawls in her book: Apple Bat Cat
In Hindi, Asha means ‘Hope’
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