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'Sex worker are free in four respects. We don′t have to cook for a husband; we don′t have to wash his dirty clothes; we don′t have to ask for his permission to rise our kids as we deem fit; we don′t have to run after a husband claiming rights to his property.'
Fiery, outspoken and often wickedly funny, this candid account of one woman′s life as a sex worker in Kerala became a bestseller when it was first published in Malayalam.
This is Nalini Jameela′s story, told in her inimitably honest and down-to-earth style, of her search for dignity, empowerment and freedom on her own terms. Jameela has made two short films portraying the life of sex workers.
Nalini Jameela, who takes her name from both Hindu and Muslim traditions, worked as a child in the clay mines. She has been a wife, mother, successful business-woman and social activist - as well as a sex worker - at different stages of her life.