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Lakshmi

Perhaps I should explain that normally buffaloes don’t keep diaries...

Lakshmi
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Lakshmi
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Perhaps I should explain that normally buffaloes don’t keep diaries, let alone one of the secret variety. But I am special, that too in a state where it could be said that buffaloes are far more intelligent and in demand than human beings. You see, I keep my eyes and ears open and know that people here value female buffaloes more than girl children. This point is easily proved—while other states hold beauty contests for women, in our parts they hold it for buffaloes. In fact, I won the Best Buffalo contest in nearby Punjab’s Muktsar town where thankfully judges didn’t ask silly questions about world peace and what I would do for mankind and so on. There were no Bollywood scouts hanging around either. The judging was simple, my milk yield counted for points and judges announced Rs 3 lakh in prize money.

No wonder farmer Kapoor Singh shelled out Rs 2.5 lakh two years back when he bought me. No Haryanvi hanky panky, a straightforward deal. Yet, there were bound to be rumours about the ownership of a top-class buffalo like me. One of them was that...

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