The Reading

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice by Sharyn Steel and Zoe Dryden

10:45am Monday 20 July to Tuesday 4 August 2015

As a five-year-old child in rural Nepal, Kharika Devkota struggles to come to terms with her arranged marriage. She confronted poverty, illiteracy, and a society that failed to recognise her most basic human rights, yet by ninety she had become a successful landowner, a micro-lender and beloved great-grandmother.

Told by Susan Wilson

Produced by Duncan Smith and engineered by Jeremy Veal

Kharika and her grand daughter
Kharika and her granddaughter

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 1

10:45 AM. Kharika Devkota, a five-year-old Nepali girl is taken to a distant village for a party.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 2

10:45 AM. Kharika is married and her mother returns to her home village abandoning her daughter.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 3

10:45 AM. Kharika's mother-in-law Lausaki takes the child under her protective wing.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 4

10:45 AM. After Lausaki's funeral Kharika comes face to face with a new reality.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 5

10:45 AM. Kharika's husband Ketu brings home an unwelcome surprise.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 6

10:45 AM. Baby girls are born but Ketu is unhappy, impatiently longing for a son.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 7

10:45 AM. Kharika has a vision for a better future.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 8

10:45 AM. Established in the new territory Kharika finally gives birth to a son.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 9

10:45 AM. More sons are born and western influence is felt in the back country.

Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice - Part 10

10:45 AM. Time catches up on Ketu.