Anaarkali and the Assumptions of Availability

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Anaarkali and the Assumptions of Availability

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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ast year, my 24-year-old model friend paid a surprise visit to my home one evening, crying her eyes out. Her kohl was smudged, hair dishevelled, and face contorted into a pained expression. I stood frozen, my mind naturally assuming the worst, even as her cries began breaking up my thoughts.

“I think I have ruined all chances of ever landing a modelling gig,” she told me, tearfully.

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