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At a time when Nipah virus scare has gripped the country – and every bat is under scrutiny – this woman from Rajpur village, about 50 km from Ahmedabad, has no plans of being separated from about 400 winged mammals that live in her two-room house. Villagers call Shantaben Prajapati, 74, ‘chamachidiyawala ba’ (grandma living with bats).“I have heard of Nipah but I am not afraid. I have been living with bats for a decade now. They are my family. Their population inside my house has proliferated after I shifted from inside my house to the courtyard for preparing meals and sleeping. The interiors only have a few belongings,” says Prajapati, who opens the door to show the ‘bat colony’ occupying all four walls on the ground and the first floor.