I woke up on my second day in Jalligeri stiff from the rock hard mattress, my clothes damp from baby Gonal’s pee. This wouldn’t be the first time that day either, as his little bottom went permanently un-diapered and was often in my arms or on my lap as I blended further into family life.
Last Saturday afternoon, following an arduous eight hour bus journey, I found myself in the tiny village of Jalligeri in the southern state of Karnataka, India. The word village might even be too grand a term, as in truth, Jalligeri is little more than a hamlet, nestled humbly amongst sprawling fields and mountain peaks.
The village [...]