Indranie and Shanta

Indranie is searching for lice on her daughter Shanta’s head. This was a common sight in the countryside and was done openly in doorways, on bottom-houses and on outside stairs. It was a time for mother-daughter gyaaf and Shanta, who submits as reluctantly as most other girls, often tells her mother about her day at school during this session. It usually has something to do with the pranks of de bodderashun lil bais, such as the time they sang their own chorus of ‘Onward, upward, Mary had a goat’ instead of the original version, and Miss Rosie made them stay back to write lines.