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The presence of a story can be felt in the silence of the room. Who used to live here? Do they still live here? The objects- the bed, drawers, tiles, curtain, window seem to have seen it all. What did they see that we didn’t see? The feeling of home is hard to define. It varies and adapts but there’s something constant enough about it that allows it to be used as a phrase. Home, like the heart, is centred and whole.  It sustains itself and life in turn, through its looped structure. The loops, Tim Ingold explains, are like knots or a chorus that come together to sing a melody. The invisible connections create a web strong enough to...

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FOLDING FORMS

Figure 1 - Emily Jacir, Belongings. As we witness the passing of a year since the lockdown and the pandemic, we reflect on what the year has given us. Millions, over this year, migrated towards their homes when the lockdown was first announced. What is it about the home that urged people to make their way homeward and how was it for those who were forced to be far away from home? In an attempt to define what a home is, Mary Douglas describes what it is by comparing it with other institutions. She says, ‘Home certainly cannot be defined by any of its functions. Try the idea that home provides the primary care of bodies: if that is what...

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MOTIFS IN PAIRS- AN ODE TO PARSI PAIRS

Figure 1- A Pair of Magpies   The practice of love for a community takes shape in the most intimate of ways – conjugality. Yet, the intimacy is dictated by the needs of society. A  heterosexual couples’ ability to procreate, places them as one of the foundations of society. Love, in a conjugal relationship need not necessarily centre itself around romance. Love plays out in the steps they take together; being responsible for each other, setting up a home together and preparing for the next generation.  Dwindling communities like the Parsis have been actively trying to keep their legacy alive by pushing for a baby boom. In 2013, a government funded scheme was set up known as the ‘Jiyo Parsi’...

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THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE 

A feature of love that gives it its gravitas is the promise of commitment. You promise to be present in another person’s life through their ups and downs. It involves that risk of love that Alain Badiou talks about. “inasmuch as love is a pleasure almost everyone is looking for, the thing that gives meaning and intensity to almost everyone’s life, I am convinced that love cannot be a gift given on the basis of a complete lack of risk.’ (Badiou 2012, 6-7). In religion, love and commitment involves sacrificing simple pleasures and taking risks. A monk would have to sacrifice a life of socialising and creating a family for a life of solitude. Every monk commits their lives to the...

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LETTERS FROM CHIKANKARI

    Figure 1 - Chikankari Garment  Ganjefa: The Game of Cards is a story written by Naiyer Masud and Deepa Zafir. The story traces the narrator’s (a man) interactions  with his mother and  the people of Lucknow. With the passing of his father, the protagonist makes his way homeward to settle in with his mother. Set in the midst of riots and hardship, the protagonist narrates his mother’s plight and ailing health. Being the breadwinner of the family she struggles day and night, squinting her eyes as she works the needle and thread doing chikankari. Realising that her health is deteriorating she asks her son to call a woman named Husna to come to her aid. He runs through...

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