LAXMI & GARGI
On a sunny afternoon in Kathmandu, lost within my questions about blindness, I arrived at a conference where I randomly sat among the sisters, Laxmi & Gargi. We introduced each other, and slowly became friends. I was fascinated about blindness, not as a disability but more about the psychological or personal conditions. “Do visuals come in dreams? How does one recall a favourite place?”, questions like these I was genuinely interested in knowing about.
The first time when I entered their house, I felt like an alien trespassing into their world. The pink walls, the dark red carpet, the blue cover on the sofa, all I could notice were the colours at first. Their relationship offered much more than only a study about blindness. I had to slow down myself to understand the answers that were hidden in the little acts of everyday life.
We would hold each other’s hands and walk, while cracking jokes & conversing. The fragile feeling in this physical act of holding hands made me feel more vulnerable, more human. The hands would sweat and we would keep on walking & talking.
I wished to document the essence of life around them & their relationship, highlighting the importance of the personal spaces & favourite landscapes in our lives. The little time which I spent with them was packed with wonder, silence & realisation. We walked under the trees, shared oranges & touched the new layer of frost.