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« on: December 01, 2010, 01:37:56 PM »

Shulamith (1975) by Meera Jacob Mahadevan is a rare and insightful novel about the Bene Israel Jews of Bombay:

"Meera Jacob Mahadevan (1930–1979), originally from Karachi, made a significant contribution to the socio-economic well-being of India’s children by originating and implementing the idea of a network of mobile creches. These establishments, at first large tents with basic equipment and later simple brick units, provided educational and health services for the neglected children of poor, migrant construction workers. The first one opened in 1969. Eventually these facilities, funded domestically and internationally but also relying heavily on volunteer workers, were set up for city slum-dwellers, especially in Delhi and Bombay. At night the creches were used for adult literacy and health education classes. Mahadevan also wrote short stories and novella in Hindi as well as a novel entitled Apnar Ghar (A Home of One’s Own), translated into English under the title Shulamith (1975). The novel dealt with members of a Bene Israel family who emigrated to Israel in the 1950s and their relationships with those who remained in India."
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