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 granddaughter
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10:45 AM. Kharika Devkota, a five-year-old Nepali girl is taken to a distant village for a party.
10:45 AM. Kharika is married and her mother returns to her home village abandoning her daughter.
10:45 AM. Kharika's mother-in-law Lausaki takes the child under her protective wing.
10:45 AM. After Lausaki's funeral Kharika comes face to face with a new reality.
10:45 AM. Kharika's husband Ketu brings home an unwelcome surprise.
10:45 AM. Baby girls are born but Ketu is unhappy, impatiently longing for a son.
10:45 AM. Kharika has a vision for a better future.
10:45 AM. Established in the new territory Kharika finally gives birth to a son.
10:45 AM. More sons are born and western influence is felt in the back country.