Siddiqa was only just into her teens when she was forced to leave her home to live with her new husband and his family in ather village. The years have passed, and w Siddiqa has three children of her own. Her grown up son has brought his new wife, Naira, to live with them, so Siddiqa is longer the lowliest in the household, for she has a daughter-in-law. Life in rural India is particularly harsh for women. This vel explores themes of female oppression and tradition and asks whether the next generation will find life any easier.