Excerpt from Vivan Sundaram, Vivan Sundaram: Re-take of Amrita, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2001:
'Amrita and Umrao Singh stare into the lens of the camera. The frontality of the image brings a retinal message of self-knowledge, and death. Amrita was photographed by Umrao Singh in Shimla in 1936. Umrao Singh’s self-portrait carries an inscription behind it: 'His misery and his manuscript. Photo by USG. 14 November 1942.' The manuscript he holds contains his writing in Sanskrit.'
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