'Lost Memory Eternalised' (section 2)


The Abode of Signs


The body is the abode of 'noor' or divine light, says Fakir Lalon, a nineteenth-century philosopher poet given to devotional practices. But the body has lately become a battlefield as our claims and counterclaims to identities are being wilfully inscribed into it. A body living 'at the border of one's own condition', a resilient body, a body with 'desire beyond want' can be read and re-read as an expression of silent endurance. By bearing the signs of time and existence, the body becomes the dwelling place of untold stories.