It wasn’t easy for Nagamani and her family to move from the village of Dandumailaram to Ibrahimpatnam, a bustling town of 19,000 people. And she still can’t help comparing their new life unfavourably with the village, which she says has better air and better buildings.
Yet the benefits of the town are equally clear: before, she would work in the fields or at the brickmaker’s. Here, she is a housewife but spends only half as much time cooking and cleaning because of their gas stove, electrical appliances and easy-to-clean tiled floors. Breakfast can be cereal and milk instead of homemade rice rotis, for example.
The additional time means that Nagamani can rest in the middle of hot summer days and spend more time caring for her son, Shivakumar. The air may be better in the village, but it doesn’t outweigh the mod cons and the access to education and healthcare in town.