The Bread of Infamy
By: Basant Raj
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Edition: Paperback, 357 Pages
Publication Date: December 16, 2010
“That was what life had become for the poor residents of
Porto Diablo: a child’s life, a divine entity was
shamelessly bartered as a commodity in the market of
But the child was already dead and a corpse had no human
value. So, if by dying that child could bequeath a
windfall and provide some tangible economic relief for
her destitute family, then no one could say that she
died in vain.
The sad memories would soon fade and the harsh pains
would slowly abate while the money would ignite bitter
squabbles because every relative would demand an
equitable share…a sordid price that the dead had
bestowed upon the living as a human sacrifice.
Pity, remorse, anguish…were just emotions. The tangible
touch of crisp notes in tight wads spoke with the
eloquence of salvation.
Yes, to the poor went the spoils of death!”