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Robyn Andrews

In: Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival

Chapter 15: Living and Working in Calcutta: Jane's Story

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Living and Working in Calcutta: Jane's Story
Living and working in Calcutta: Jane's story

Jane1 is in her mid-thirties, lives in her own well-appointed apartment in central Calcutta,2 and has full-time employment as secretarial assistant to an influential and highly respected public figure. This outcome would have seemed unbelievable to anyone who witnessed Jane more than three decades ago—when she was handed over to a welfare officer by her poverty-stricken parents as a tiny handicapped infant.

Jane's life history was recorded as part of a larger project focussing on Calcutta's Anglo-Indians. Her story, presented here largely in her own words, is one of physical and emotional suffering overcome by the combination of good luck, the goodness of others, fierce determination and a deep commitment to God. Jane ...

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