Dawn of the Waning Moon by Jharna Rahman

Published in Parabaas, December 2007.

 

Usha still lies in a brick and sand covered chamber of the unfinished multistoried building. Usha’s relatives have received the news. They will obtain the rights to the burnt remains of the girl once the requisite legal complexities have been dealt with. With the greatest care and tenderness they will bury her in the deep fastness of the earth. 

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