"Mrs Oliver didn’t exactly look like a model who was about to pose for Robie DeSilva in the nude for a painting. But an arrangement was made because he needed a model and she was a woman in need. All of Robie's doubts, however, disappeared as soon as Mrs Oliver lay on the couch. Seeing her in a new light, Robie knew exactly how he would paint her. And soon, the world would know exactly how to see her. And yet, for Mrs Oliver, life would carry on as if nothing unusual had ever occurred. It is interesting how strangers can sometimes see the real us much more easily than our friends or family. And even more interesting is the fact that despite this knowledge, we keep a farce going. Exploring such curiosities in human behaviour is a specialty of Nergis Dalal's and nowhere does she portray it better than in The Nude."