Their bags sat ready at the door. Again. Tavish looked around at the room that had sheltered them for the past few months; then he and his family of five began their trip back to their house in a distant village. Where was their home? It was here; it was there; it was wherever he could find a job.
Tavish and his family survived by working seasonal manual labor jobs. He, his wife, their two children and his mother often traveled from their home village in Maharashtra, India to labor in distant fields. His family spent intense hours harvesting sugarcane just to earn a tiny wage. Even if Tavish could afford to send his children to school, which he couldn’t, their frequent moves made enrollment impractical and gave none of the stability his children would need to do well in school.
Finished with the job they had found, Tavish led his family back to their home-base village frustrated and disappointed at his inability to meet the needs of those he loved so much.
The Dream of a Hungry Boy
Tavish had always been poor. His father died just three years after Tavish’s birth, which thrust the family into financial depression. His mother, Jamini, worked wherever she found jobs and did everything she could to meet the needs of her children…
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