Termites gnaw my flesh
They carry on in silence
The picture is of a statue in a “Naamghar” – a prayer house for Assamese Vaishnavi Hindus – in a small village near Tezpur. The Vaishnavis or “Sankariya” in local language do not worship idols like most Hindus. Most of the time you will find them standing guard at the door, near the holy books or sitting pensively in some corner like this one.