"In one scene [...] Sita massages Radha's feet at a family picnic, transforming a daily homosocial activity into an intensely homoerotic one while the other members of the family unwittingly look on. The slide from female homosociality into female homoeroticism in this scene, as well as in another where Radha rubs oil into Sita's hair, serves to locate female same-sex desire and pleasure firmly within the confines of the home and 'the domestic,' rather than occurring safely 'elsewhere.'"
-- Gayatri Gopinath
Gopinath, Gayatri. "Nostalgia, Desire, Diaspora: South Asian Sexualities in Motion." Positions 5, no. 2 (Autumn 1997). (p. 480)