While growing up in a small town in the eastern state of Bengal (India), our summer vacations would be spent in Kolkata at the maternal grandparents' home. My grandfather would tell us haunting stories of poverty, hunger and death in the most quotidian manner. In doing so, he sought to make the spontaneity and unpredictability of life “knowable”.
Questions remain regarding the topic of fear caused by a crisis of trust in both the state and medicine. Therefore, fear can be differentiated; while fear of visiting large villages and a city exists on its own, there also exists those fears of isolating oneself in the space of a village.