“But he worked unconsciously. This forgetfulness or emptiness persisted in him over long periods. It was a sort of insensitivity created in him by the kind of work he had to do, a tough skin which must be a shield against all the most awful sensations” (18).
Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. London: Penguin, 1940.
Bhaka dissociates his mind from his body through his work. Perhaps this is a sort of defense mechanism (“a shield”) against reality .