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Uttor: Of Fearful Symmetry - a leopard in Siliguri

by Sumana Roy
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 14 : 01

Who would have imagined certainly not I that one day I would have to make a phone call to my mother in Siliguri to ask her to keep the gates and doors of her house locked for fear of a leopard getting in? This is exactly what I did in the early afternoon of 28th January this year. When she did not answer my call, I worried about her, a strange new worry that had never struck me in my thirty-eight-year-old life as a daughter. At last, when I managed to get through to my brother on the line, my first words were, "Why isn't Ma picking up the phone? I heard there's a leopard roaming the streets of Siliguri. Please ask her to lock the gates". I'm sure my brother would pass his version of my phone call into family lore, another addition to stories about my...Read more...

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Sumana Roy lives in Siliguri, a small town in sub-Himalayan Bengal.

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