"KORKU MADARCHOD!” the conductor swore, “Just squatting down wherever he found a spot.”
The abuse came without warning, followed by a hushed silence in the overcrowded bus headed into Melghat, a remote region of forested hills and river valleys in Maharashtra’s northern Amravati district. Crouched on the doorstep, an old man, his eyes lowered with embarrassment, struggled to grip his walking stick and raise himself onto his legs, which were too weak to carry his equally frail upper body.
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