CURATED BY Arundhati Nag
A woman is getting ready to welcome a young man, who has rented a room in her house. It is her son’s room—a son who passed away a long time ago. She has misgivings about renting this room to a stranger and she is uncertain about what to say to him when he arrives. The man has an unusual name. This leads her to wonder about his identity. Who is he? Where does he come from? In time, her fears and anxieties bubble to the surface, exposing her latent prejudices and preconceptions about the ‘other’. Her distress and aversion erupt into a frenzy of rage and violence when the young man arrives, hoping to be welcomed into her home. She was right: there is something unusual about him, something surprising, something, perhaps, eye-opening.