Sasu Ma’s Gift

Kusha Bisht


Sasu ma is the Hindi name for mother-in-law. Having lost her parents at the age of 15, Kusha was happy for her arranged marriage five years later when she would have a husband and a sasu ma. Kusha received a pair of turquoise running shoes as a gift from her sasu ma instead of the customary Indian sandals. This was a sign that Kusha had been accepted as a daughter. A valuable relationship began, and when Kusha’s sasu ma became ill, Kusha had only one wish: to spend more time with her.

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