ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Will Mariamma s Grandson Catch Up with Maramma s Grandson

with Maramma's Grandson? Arunoday Guha MARIAMMA was visiting Maramma. They were born to the same parents and her given name was Narassamma. In Maramma's hut in the harijan cheri of Chundur in Guntur district of AndhraPradesh, they reminisced about the different paths their lives had taken since that fateful day 40 years ago. That was the day when Narasamma and her beloved Jammanna had been married in a church under new names, Mariamma and Joseph. The padri had told them that Christianity was a brotherhood and as Christians they would be able to pull out of the madigas cheri. It appeared true at least on sudays. For the obligatory one hour, they could share the rituals of the service at the church with the entire Christian community of the Chundur environs, even though the few upper caste reddy and kamma Christians had their separate places in the church.

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