The Joy of Jallikattu

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The Joy of Jallikattu

Illustration: Akshita Monga

I

call him Ramu. Not maadu or kaalai or adhu or idhu (cattle).

Ramu, my bull, my child, is around 20 years old now. In human years, he is close to 90. The bulls have been around since I was born and Ramu has always been there for me. My family has been rearing jallikattu bulls for generations. Imagining a life without Ramu or my three other children is impossible; they’re omnipresent in this house.

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