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Just a few strands: Coping with illness, hair loss & side-effects of cancer

Having cancer can be devastating. But for women, the side-effects of the disease, especially the loss of hair, is the hardest part. Aditi Phadnis finds that how people helping others cope with illness

Just a few strands: Coping with illness, hair loss & side-effects of cancer

Jayanti’s story For many harried working mothers, she’s a lifeline. A domestic help, Jayanti starts her working day at 6 am. She is punctual, regular and polite. At just over 40, she’s content: A migrant from West Bengal, but unlike others, never having had to see grinding poverty. Her family manage to eat fish curry and rice several days a week. Her daughter has recently got married in a well-organised wedding to a man who is a mechanic in the Maruti factory in Gurugram. All the members of her family own mobile phones.  The most arresting feature of ...