Thursday, May 8, 2014

Liquid friendship

In Western films, they often show complex protagonists taking a shower. And interestingly enough, there's nothing sexual about the representation. Not much of their body is seen except their upper part. Water, preferably hot—falls on the character's body, usually in slo-mo—for few seconds, if not more. I often wondered what water signified in such accompanied-by-sombre-music sequences. To my guess, it signifies a friend. Someone who holds you, encapsulates you and keeps you safe. Momentarily, even. It doesn't strike a conversation but its sprinkling sound is reassuring. It caresses your skin without judging you. Touch, as somebody recently made me realize, indeed says much more than words. However, wasting water is a sin too.

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