The visual poverty of India’s rich has only gotten worse
The anxiety that their support staff creates as they attempt to live posh lives has grown in recent times
Light does not pass through the Indian maid, even though many Indians may want that. Light strikes her and is reflected back, creating one of the most inconvenient apparitions for them. That was always a property of light, but somehow there was a time, not long ago, when household helps knew how to be invisible. They would stay in the kitchen, merge with the backdrop, walk without noise, and never speak unless answering a question. But now they take breaks, talk on their phones with friends, and walk in the parks of their masters. As a result, they feature in India’s ongoing servant-master conflicts.