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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