While their sisters are not allowed to go out and play, lest some child molester in the village will have their way, the mother’s make sure they are protected from prying eyes, and make sure they get on the school bus and come home straight after school.
Lo and behold, six months before the daughter sits for her A levels, she runs away with some jobless young man who somehow seems to have a motor cycle, shocking the supposedly conservative household into reality, that NO AMOUNT of cloistered imprisonment can prevent the hormonal urges of the day.
Then what do I find out? The daughter only lives by example, and knows while her Dad is slaving away in Colombo as a driver, the mother, who keeps the daughter home is having an affair with someone half her age, and the daughter knows, and waits for the chance to take her revenge!
This is the state of the state, and I see this daily with my own eyes, as the whole village, a microcosm of a Country of 20,000 villages, comes trundling through my home, on their way to the village tank for a bath, daughters in tow, looking very innocent when with their mothers, carrying the washing!
It is 2018, add Smart phones to this equation, and the mothers have no clue what their little charges are getting into with all sorts of communication tools, they don’t understand, and all they are thinking of is the weekend Bodhi Pooja, which for them is an event in itself so they can gather for a local gossip.
Of course I dare not mention when the mother works in the Middle East, what happens to their children, many of whom go astray, and are left without the protection of mother’s love, so are let loose to do as they please, being long distance parented by way of material goodies, (bicycle, motorbike, three wheeler, jewelry for the daughter, hopefully money in her pass book) and without a purpose in life, easy prey for the latter day drug pushers with new and more elaborate means of getting the youth unhinged with GULIYAS!
This elaborate charade, in latter day two children households, where kids are spoiled, creates competition amongst their generation to have more than their friends, not make do with little. So mental illness is exacerbated in youth, where those who have less, feel inadequate, as it is not exam results that matter, but relationships with the most desirable guy around!
No wonder then that the Barber shop is the best business going in the village!