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by Halder, Baby

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TitleA life less ordinary : a memoir
Author / Responsible partyHalder, Baby
TopicsAutobiography. Hāladāra, Bebī. Abused women -- India -- Biography. Poor women -- India -- Biography. India -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


When she was very young, Baby Halder was abandoned by her mother and left with a cruel, abusive father. She was married off at twelve to a man twice her age who beat her. At fourteen, she was a mother herself. Her early life was marked by overwhelming challenges and heartbreak until, exhausted and desperate, she fled with her three children to Delhi, to work as a maid in some of the city's wealthiest homes. Expected to serve her employers' every demand, she faced a staggering workload that often left her no time to care for her own children. But she never complained, for such is the lot of the poor in modern-day India. Written without a trace of self-pity, A Life Less Ordinary is a shocking look deep inside a world of poverty and subjugation that few outsiders know about--and an inspiring true story of one remarkable woman's strength, courage, and determination to soar above her circumstances.(First published in Hindi by: Zubaan in association with Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2006. Translated by Urvashi Butalia.)

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System control numberS12919
Original Print PublisherAmerica: Harper Collins Publishers, 2007.
NarratorJay Townsend.
Narrator NameJay Townsend.
Participant or performer noteJay Townsend.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator