Itisha is arrested for a social media post, which is perceived as being inimical to the interest of the powerful. Fear pervades the neighbourhood, as her family gathers funds to engage a lawyer, and lives in dread of the midnight knock.
Her father comes across an email from Goodreads, which shows that Itisha has been publishing with a pen name. There is also some money in her account received from book sales, which can help her cause.
He scans her devices to find the manuscripts, and his eyes moisten as he reads those. Itisha speaks of a free, idyllic world where intellect, creativity and honesty find equal expression. One is not stained by the other, and there is no need for camouflage. He decides to fight.
Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the centre of all things?
“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things? – from Rainer Maria Rilke, “Heartbeat.”