CUT TO THE QUICK
Maya’s husband chopped off her nose with a pair of scissors in a fit of rage and jealousy. The other villagers have forgotten their original names and call them Naak-kata (nose cutter) and Naak-kati (women with a cut nose) now. The couple keeps fighting, despite having four children, the oldest being a daughter of marriageable age.
Sudharak Olwe (born 1966) is a Mumbai-based documentary photographer,
whose work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in Mumbai,
Delhi, Malmo (Sweden), Lisbon, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Washington.
He has drawn immense admiration and awe in the Indian subcontinent for revealing
the naked reality of life’s tragicomic social theater in 2005, he was one of the four awards for the
National Geographic’s “All Roads Photography Program”.
He was awarded Padma Shri
one of India’s highest civilian honors for his social work in 2016.