It’s a humid evening in April when I meet Ashalata Kamble in her suburban Mumbai home, a short distance from the local railway station. A warm and generous host, she teaches literature at Mumbai University and regularly lectures on Ambedkarite Buddhism around the state. She also researches the early writings of Buddhist nuns and is an active feminist poet. All these combine to make her an important addition for my research on women writers of Dalit literature. Ashalata brings rapt atten