Being sick and housebound gave me a busy inner life for a week. An inner life fed by cable television. I learnt that being fair is not enough for an Indian woman. She must have fair or fairer private parts. I suddenly and morbidly began following Crime Patrol: Dastak on Sony TV and learnt that lives can be taken by seemingly ordinary people on a whim, to settle an imaginary score, that cousins can be beheaded over a land dispute, an unloved fiancee can be strangulated and thrown into a lake, a baby daughter can be killed for a lover, that life is cheap in a world going to hell.