"There is something noble in the act of secretly shielding a lover, even an undeserving one."
"Vani showed concern in a manner that disturbed instead of soothed. From Vani, I realized that even humming could be loud and a sleeping person could be jarring. I learnt from her, a manner that, like my husband once said to me, “makes your invitations repulsive.” From her, I understood that caring was about taking over and not about surrendering. Desirable"