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  • Last month I had been to my brother’s place to be with my parents.
    My mother and I used to go for walks in the evening. It was good to
    be together and also fascinating to see our shadows going along with
    us. Shadows have always fascinated me.
    Looking at them I was reminded of the words said by my friend. Her
    mother, who is no more, has always been her strength. Many of her
    words of wisdom have helped my friend to face whatever has come
    her way in life.
    Her husband is an alcoholic who has not helped her in any way. She
    is a house-keeping staff and has raised her children by herself and
    has also built a small house of her own. Her daughters are married.
    Her son and daughter-in-law live with her. Her husband is there too
    and whatever he earns is for his consumption. She works hard and
    believes in doing her best. Many a time we walk back together, she
    takes a bus back home from the main bus stand and I walk back
    One of her favourite quotes is about shadows and hunger. Her mother
    used to say that our problems are like our shadows, they will always
    be with us, they cannot go with anyone else. Problems or shadows of
    others cannot come with us. It is the same with hunger.
    We have to deal with what is ours. We should not expect others to solve
    our problems. They might help us but we have to do whatever is to be
    So true.
    These words of wisdom have helped my friend to face life with a very
    positive attitude.

    ‘Shadows are fascinating,
    They have a dual personality
    They are real and unreal.
    They are there sometimes
    Then they are not there.
    Sometimes they are short,
    Sometimes they are long.
    They move in front of us
    And sometimes behind us.
    They are a part of us
    And cannot be separated.
    We are there,
    They are there
    And we are aware of them
    Only when there is light
    But they are always with us.
    Very much a part of our lives.
    Shadows are truly fascinating.’
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