Borders are often sites of exclusion and inclusion in the context of South Asia; they symbolize control and the urge to challenge and transcend that control. Resistance results in greater efforts to control. The medium of control changes over time but what remains constant is the fact that the control of borders necessitates control of bodies. Historically, border studies have suffered from simplification of the issues on the one hand, to collusion with forces that privilege a few, on the other. In this book the author portrays how states construct borders and try to make them static and rigid. She goes on to discuss how bordered existences, such as those of women, migrant workers and people afflicted with AIDS, destabilize these apparently rigid constructs.