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The book focuses mainly on the social dynamics and it describes the conditions in which the children live. The book presents a society that remains insensible towards the sufferings young children have to endure if their parents are unable to take care of them and through this book, Anita criticizes the society for not taking better care of those who are unable to care for themselves.
The book also focuses on how fast Hari and Lila are forced to grow and how they adapt to their new living conditions. Both children realize that since their parents can’t take care of them, they must take care of themselves and take care of their younger siblings. They both mature very quickly and assume the roles their mother and father were supposed to have. Despite their young age, they learn how to take care of the house, how to manage their resources and the value of money.
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