“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.”
Anand, Mulk Raj. Intouchable
It’s interesting to see how Bakha immunizes himself when he works, as if a part of his mind shut down to accomplish his tasks. As if he was detaching his mind from his body to forget his condition.