This is the heart-touchingstory of a woman who wiped her tears, kept all her pain aside, and went to workjust 14 days after losing her husband.
Indumati got married to Lakhuji Wadje from Ambewani in 1978. Lakhuji at that time worked at a Sugar factory in Kadawa. In few years after marriage, their joint family was separated. After separation, Indumati, her husband, and two children lived together. They had inherited a piece of land in the separation, which had crops like sugarcane, onions, and soybean. Indumati used to take care of the farm and the house while her husband went to work. Everything was going fine when destiny took a tragic turn and Indumati lost her husband to a grave illness. Indumati’s entire world crumbled in front of her as she had lost her biggest supporter.
At this time, her elder son was in 9th grade and the younger one was in 7th. Now Indumati had to take care of her family and farm all alone. So keeping aside her pain Indumati got back to work just 14 days after her husband’s dismissal. People around her looked down on her and called her names for this decision. But Indumati did not care about this as she was more worried about feeding her family and taking care of them. Her younger son who was in 7th grade then, left his education to assist her on the farm.
Until 2014, the farm was not in Indumati’s name. So it was difficult to take a loan on it. As capital is a major necessity in farming, Indumati had to borrow money from relatives to make ends meet. This dependency was becoming problematic but Indumati had no other choice. In 2014, the farm’s ownership was finally transferred to Indumati and this was a major relief. During the same year, she made a vineyard on the farm. Gradually the vineyard started generating revenue and their standard of living improved. While all was going well, another challenge came in Indumati’s life when a storm destroyed their entire vineyard. A lot of people suggested that Indumati should demolish the entire vineyard. But she believed in herself and proved it by again generating revenue from the same vineyard in the coming year.
Indumati says, there is no alternative to hard work and one must be ready to face all challenges if one wants to be a successful farmer. With this determination, Indumati has faced all the challenges that have come her way and has given her children a happy life. Today, her elder son is a teacher and the younger one is efficiently taking care of the farm. Both of them are happily married. Indumati's zest to work a way through all struggles of life is truly a source of motivation for all.