Dr Deena Padayachee

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Dr Deena Padayachee is a medical doctor who qualified at the University of Natal, South Africa.
He has two children, Seshnie and Sagren. He has been awarded the Nadine Gordimer Prize, the Quill Award, the Fay Goldie Award and a Prize for Original Writing by the Grahamstown Eisteddfod.
He is a descendent of indentured sugar cane labourers and lives in Durban. He is PRO of the South ... more »

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A poem of homage by Dr Deena Padayachee

They were home-makers, never home-wreckers,
The Ladies of my childhood.
They nurtured everything:
Children, flowers, gardens, homes,
Even errant husbands.

Ah, the Ladies!
Their benign wisdom ensured that everything blossomed,
They wasted nothing, they valued everybody.
Sari-clad Goddesses,
They understood our weaknesses,
They helped us overcome our silliness.
They loved us, no matter what.
They accepted us, wanted us, needed us,
Never undermined us, no matter what.

They sustained us, while ...

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